Australia > Melbourne
Beer Available At The Local Taphouse (Melbourne) (arranged by most recent)
Cantillon Cuvée des Champions 100, Willie Smiths Limited Release Lark Distillery Whisky Aged Cider , Modus Operandi The Former Tenant Red IPA 90, Modus Operandi Mona Pale Pale Ale , Modus Operandi Mofo’s Petite Saison , Cigar City Jai Alai India Pale Ale 99, Bridge Road One Autumn Sunday Morning Somewhere Three Hours North of Melbourne , Two Birds Bantam IPA 40, Sixpoint Oyster Stout 81, Kaiju! Where Strides the Behemoth 97, BrewCult Pepper Steak Porter 79, LoverBeer Madamin 95, Croucher Kiwifruit Pils , Siren / Mikkeller / Hill Farmstead Limoncello (Lemon Cello) IPA 93, Mountain Goat Bubble and Squeak 50, Bridge Road Enigma 82, Clown Shoes Luchador en Fuego 99, Garage Project Hops on Pointe 81, Moor Confidence 87, Feral Barrique O’Karma 97
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jonnyguns (41) , Australia | October 3, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
this place was pretty awesome! cant fault anything they did where really helpful with the beers they provided. was cool how you got to circle your taster beers on the beer tap last and they would arrange it in the order of how they should be drunk. good food menu as well. lots of international craft from italy, usa, denmark etc and even some local stuff thrown in. overall an awesome craft beer pub
Rangi (11) , New Zealand | May 14, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Really enjoy going to the local to see what new beers are on tap. Good service from friendly helpful staff. Plenty of events and the food is not to bad. Cheese platter was awesome and matched with the beer can’t get much better.
kbutler1 (89) Minnesota | March 12, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Made an appearance here after seeing how highly rated this place was prior to my visit. Upon arriving we wree asked for a gold coin donation, for...AMERICA NIGHT, haha, this was going to be funny. It was still a little early but the bar was already decently filled. On tap they had all US beers, mostly from Cali but some from other states. I had hoped when I came that I would get a chance to try some AU craft beers but it wasn’t meant to be here. Grabbed an IPA, something from Green Flash. We were hungry but the only thing on the menu was all "American"; bbq wings, hamburger, hot dog, etc. we grabbed wings and a hamburger (no cheese though, don’t they know us Americans like cheese?!). The wings were mediocre as was the burger but it filled us up. I grabbed another beer, a stout this time. Overall, the bar was pretty cool and you could tell as the night went on that this was a popular bar that seemed to attract the craft beer fans. I’d go back again if I was in town but would shoot to go during the day when I can sit back, relax, and enjoy some beers. **** Go, go, GO to the bottleshop too as I saw beers there that I saw no where else in AU, picked up several Cantillons. Prices were high but probably to be expected given the current beer scene there.
Sevenlee (69) Central Coast, NSW, Australia | February 3, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome place in Melbourne. I had the sampler and the food was really great. It was pretty packed when I was there so the vibe was good. The staff know their beer and handle the stuff properly. Theres a little bottle shop section attached with a huge range of stuff from all over the world. Love it! I m going back when Im in town
GT2 (623) San Diego County , California | July 22, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Not really fair to say this place is in Melbourne as it is in St Kilda, which is more of a suburb that takes a pretty long time to get to- 20+ minute train ride from central Melbourne. Tap list is the best I saw in Australia and has stuff actually from all over the world. Extremely different from its counterpart in Sydney which is sort of small, in a weird location, full of business men types, and really a formal bar. This is a craft beer haven with hipster staff who are wildly knowledgeable about beer compared to their relatively clueless Sydneysider counterparts. Upstairs is an awesome roof deck with umbrellas and wood tables and another bar. Found tons of random beer you will probably find nowhere else on the continent. Feral Brewing’s funky beers were a big hit. They have some not so crazy German beers on the menu as well for the less crazy beer nerds. Regardless, you must go here and spend the day bumming around in St Kilda. The beach is great and have a nice walk along the docks. Food was excellent. Anyway- probably the best place in Australia for craft beer.
jonno (123) , Japan | May 13, 2011| Updated May 14, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely little place. Great tap selection for Australia. Much nicer than the Sydney location. The food was pricey though (but enjoyable), but that was the only blight on the place. One of Australia’s top draws.
flmd (1) , Australia | January 16, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Loved this place - hubby brews beer so whenever we get babysitting we head to a beer bar somewhere in Melb. for the night. This was the best we’ve been to so far - great ambience, fabulous tapas upstairs and good jazz a bit later. Service was pretty good (except for lack of loo paper in the ladies) but the beers.... well, best to go there and taste the range youself !! we managed most of the 20 on tap but as they keep changing, we’ll have to go back again and again !!
Fell in love with The Steam Exchange Truffles Porter - not as a quoffing beer, but as a liqueur beer!!
My only complaint is that the place hadn’t opened when i lived in east st. kilda or it could have been MY local and i wouldn’t have moved.
mcsimmo (2) , Australia | December 11, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Don’t get much better than this when it comes to a beer bar. Makes me think of the Coopers ad, "if it isn’t at your local then consider moving", because it makes me want to stay in this area. Staff are good value. Look out for the special days, where they put on beers from a particular area. Always pretty busy and always with a wealth of good beers on tap.
beerophile12 (10) | August 19, 2010
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Easily the best beer bar in Oz, going by range alone. Focus on local craft but every now & then get imports like rogue, mikkeller & nogne o but hell they arent cheap! Doubt its their fault though. Have been many times when both busy & quiet. Service is always pretty good, friendly & willing to recommend etc Food is pretty good, though i understand they are introducing some more interesting meals & moving a little away from pub grub. Been to a few of the monthly ale stars sessions & seasonal beer fests, both are great but get pretty rowdy & busy, meaning you have to wait a while at the bar but not too big an problem. Only issue would be that the beers are served too cold. All style seem to be the same temp, which i’m not too fond of. Other than that, its an awesome venue & a must
hawthorne00 (43) Melbourne, Australia | February 25, 2010| Updated December 16, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Downstairs on a quietish night. About 20 taps with a good selection of well-established locals and several new or uncommon Australian micros. Tap prices are good. Bottles appeared quite expensive. Beer is really quite a lot too cold. Nice place with a welcoming, lived-in feel.  Now has a bottleshop attached. Selection is certainly amongst the top half-dozen in Melbourne. 
The bottleshop is long gone (and is now a BlackHeart and Sparrows). Tap selection is broader than it once was and often has "worth making a trip" beers (I’m only a few minutes away but I don;t get out much) and pretty much always has something I want to drink. Staff knowledge has improved a fair bit, to the point where I’d be happy to mention a few things I like and ask any one of several staff to give me what they’d reckon. Keg beer is still too cold. Not cheap.
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