While the vikings believed that a giant goat whose udders provided and endless supply of beer was waiting for them in Valhalla (viking heaven), it’s far easier to find a local craft brewery on the Mornington Peninsula. The Mornington Peninsula’s Beer Cider and Spirits Trail leads you on a fascinating journey with tasting paddles to sip and sample along the way. Innovation is integral to the story - like cherry wood smoked brews and beer makers using wine barrels to infuse their brews. It takes about 36 pieces of fruit to make one gallon of cider and the Mornington Peninsula can offer classic, sweet and dry ciders. With the deep red rich soil of Red Hill growing some of the best apples you will find ciders made using different heritage apple varieties for different flavours, ciders perfect for outdoor summer days - or mulled cider in winter. There are even winemakers making cider. Oh, and there are spirits made to traditional recipes (with a twist of course), some rich in botanical aromas and flavours and others made with indigenous ingredients – even one made with ants. It’s delicious!
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Award winning artisinal apple ciders in dry, semi-dry and spiced styles. Unfiltered, bottle fermented and made on site from fruit grown in their heritage apple orchard. Plus olives, olive oil, cider vinegars and seasonal produce. Limited opening hours, so plan your trip.
Mock Red Hill
Discover the ‘Cider Lounge’, a unique cellar door space offering sensory tasting experiences within an original wooden cool store, built on the orchard in 1945. After enjoying a tasting paddle, kick back and relax with a cold cider & cheese board.
Hickinbotham of Dromana
Experience hand crafted Hix Microbrewery beers. Enjoy the vineyard views in summer and an open fire in winter. The rustic cellar door offers live music weekends and a menu that complements both beer and wine.
Red Hill Brewery
Visit the brewery and hop garden, nestled in a rustic bush setting where you can taste all the outstanding, award winning beers. Enjoy a bite, drink a pint or even stay the night. Beer, food, accommodation and hops.
Mornington Peninsula Brewery
Set in the industrial area of Mornington, this internationally awarded brewery is regarded as one of Australia’s top craft breweries. The core range of Pale, Lager, Brown and IPA plus a monthly specialty beer. Wine, Spirits & Pizzas also available.
Mr Banks Brewing Co
Laid-back taproom overlooking the Brewery. Mr Banks focuses on small batch hop forward beers including various styles of IPA, Dark Ales and seasonal releases.
An overabundance of estate apples has seen Montalto winemaker Simon Black try his hand at cider making – resulting in a delicious clean, delicate cider from estate & local apples. Enjoy one or two in the Piazza Café & Restaurant or take them home from the Cellar Door.
Bass and Flinders Distillery
Bass & Flinders Distillery distills fine brandy, an eclectic range of gins, and other spirits and liquors from wine using traditional methods. The cellar door offers tastings, tours and a gin masterclass experience where you can make your own gin.
Jetty Road Brewers
Local boys with a passion for craft beer and great company have created a hop-driven American Pale Ale and a range of craft beers combined with industrial brewery surroundings and locally sourced food and wine. Opening late December!
St Andrews Beach Brewery
St Andrews Beach Brewery is situated on a 92-acre property, which was once a world class horse training facility. Enjoy a variety of freshly brewed craft beers and a bite to eat in the former stables of Group One winning horses. Opening late December!
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