Bridge Road Brewers has opened the doors on its first major venue in Melbourne, with a vibrant and modern take on a beer hall, with the 350-seat brewery and dining hall at Bridge Road Brewers Brunswick.

The new venue is the realisation of a long-held vision of Bridge Road Brewers founders Ben and Maria Kraus, with a working brewery at its heart and in-venue brewed beers filling a 30-tap bar alongside classics from the Bridge Road Brewers range.

Ben and Maria said: “We have developed our vision for this venue across many years, having dreamt that we’d one day have an outpost in one of Melbourne’s great food and drink neighborhoods.

“The inner north in a lot of ways is the heartland of craft beer in Australia. There’s a high concentration of bars and pubs that cater to quality craft beer and a genuine passion from the public. It’s an inspiring place to be amongst so many who value the craft behind the beer. We’ve been enjoyed on tap for years at venues in the region and there was no question in my mind to where Bridge Road Brewers would set its roots in Melbourne.”

“Our approach has been to create a space that is vibrant and inviting, with quality experience at its heart. We’re pouring our most popular beers and will continually be creating venue-specific beers via the in-house production brewery. In the kitchen we’re genuinely excited at how the menu is going to appeal to a sophisticated, but unpretentious type of crowd.”

On the food side, Head Chef Jabili Mchawala has crafted an ingredients-led modern Australian menu, with one eye on the flavours of foreign cultures and the other on the produce of Bridge Road Brewers’ home in North East Victoria. There’s a nod to the classic pizzas and soft pretzels of the sister venue in Beechworth, and a kids offering that breaks the bounds of traditional nuggets and chips.

The Bridge Road Brewers Brunswick venue is located at 137/141 Nicholson St, Brunswick East, and is open 11am to 11pm seven days.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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