The Beer, Cider and Spirits Trail winds its way through the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. A journey that leads to numerous brewers, cider makers and distillers, through an impressive variety of award-winning drinks and beverages each destination promotes a dedication to representing the flavours of the surrounding environment. We may be home right now, but what better way to fuel the imagination for future exploration than a little virtual tour to spark ideas for when we reconnect with friends and loved ones soon.
Starting from Carrum Downs, one may first stop at Dainton Brewery where the beverages are as rich in flavour and interest as the business’s backstory and development. In 2019, the brewery was awarded Australia’s Best Independent Beer, making it the second time in a three-year period to have won the principal prize. Moving to the quaint area of Somerville, the enticing destinations of both Chiefs Son Distillery and Smart Brothers Brewing now make an appearance, each promoting a passion for their craft and a select number of tasteful sensations. Chiefs Son Distillery was impressively bestowed with two top accolades at the World Whiskies Awards. Heading back along the Peninsula Link, a turn off at Moorooduc soon leads you to the rustic and relaxed aura of Tar Barrel Brewery. Here, an extensive selection of core, seasonal and specialty beers is paired with a contemporary menu of wood-fired pizza as well as local wine and spirits.
Journeying to the centre of the Peninsula, one now has the chance to discover a multiplicity of Trail destinations, each only within kilometres of the other. With a distinct focus on celebrating the Mornington lifestyle, Red Hill Brewery (the original brewery of the region) has become renowned for pairing their beers to the Australian seasons. And if that’s not enough to encourage interest, they even have a self-contained house on site, The Brewer’s Cottage, ideal for a weekend getaway with friends or family. Now time for a refreshing cider to accompany soaking in that sunshine, we venture to Hart’s Farm, located within the seaside surfing town of Shoreham. Here the apples are picked, crushed and pressed into a sweet sensation, culminating in a delicate and delightful drinking experience. Hart’s Farm also promotes luxurious on-site accommodation, as well as having multiple notable cider awards to their name.
Stretching to the cusp of the Peninsula along the expanse of Bass Strait, St Andrews Beach Brewery stands on a 38-hecatre property, inclusive of picturesque surroundings of country and coast. Originally the training ground for some of Australia’s most celebrated horses, the brewery has now evolved into becoming a business that’s all about memorable and quality craft beer. Whether this is the first or final stop on the tour of the Trail, this is a must-see for architectural charm…and incredible flavour of course! In 2018, St Andrews Beach Brewery was awarded the Gold Medal for New Tourism Business at the annual Victorian Tourism Awards.
There’s no doubt the Beer, Cider and Spirits Trail continues to provide the flavours of the dynamic Mornington Peninsula, evoking sentiments of inspiration and intrigue along the way. With destinations that promote sophistication, comfort and an appreciation of the region’s rich history, make sure to add this exploratory experience to your bucket list for when we can explore once more.
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Author: Nick Angus
Melbourne born and bred, Nick has become a passionate advocate for the arts, music and entertainment industries. Valuing spontaneity and adventure, he is always ready for a road trip or getaway along the celebrated Australian coastline.