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Your Guide to Australian Craft Beer / Friday 18 April 2014

Cellarbrations at Carlisle

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From the outside, there’s little clue as to the treats that Cellarbrations at Carlisle has inside. There’s the familiar Cellarbrations logo and a handful of posters highlighting the latest deals on cartons of lager. Even as you head inside, you first walk past stacked slabs and a fridge filled, mainly, with mainstream products. Then you spy the far wall – a wide expanse lined with pretty much every good beer you can expect to get your hands on in Australia. And then you spy the wicked glint in the staff members' eyes when they sense they have a fellow craft beer lover in their midst…

Dig deeper and you’ll find all manner of quality beer curios: old festival posters, extremely rare beers, evidence of past beer adventures. Head into the back room and you enter the realm of Grain Cru – the room that plays home to the Cellarbrations crew’s Beer Club, where they host regular beer education nights focusing on the latest and greatest trends in the beer world.

Family run for more than 25 years, a family that goes by the motto “We carry a little bit of the best of everything”, the store began by specialising in fine wines before, in recent years, becoming one of the most enthusiastic stockists of awesome beer. From Mikkeller to Moon Dog, Bridge Road to Brooklyn and pretty much everything in between, there’s more than enough to keep the most avid beer geek satisfied.

Aside from the aforementioned Grain Cru Beer Club, the shop also runs regular free tastings featuring beer, cider, wine, even spirits most Fridays and Saturdays. It also has a Pegas growler system pouring four different beers at any one time. Need we say more?

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