Dave and Karen Golding abandoned their former lives in the city to set up the Mornington Peninsula's first brewery. Just five minutes spent there and you'll be hurriedly scrawling 'Dear boss, I've had a revelation...â? on the nearest napkin.
Nestled among trees on the slopes of Red Hill South with the Goldings' pets roaming the neighbouring fields, Red Hill Brewery has been knocking out traditional British and European-influenced ales since 2005, enhanced by a growing number of seasonal and one-off specials. All are made with hops grown onsite including, of course, the British Golding variety. Visit at different times throughout the year to watch them shoot from roots to 16 foot climbers.
Up until July 2012, they ran regular tours of the brewery as well as monthly Hopheads sessions where guests could taste the latest brews alongside similar styles from around the world. However, after their 2012 Secret Stash weekend, they have closed the bar and cafe to allow for an expansion of the brewery and a greater focus on brewing beer. It means that this popular stop on the local food and wine touring scene will now only open for special occasions.