True South

There's nothing better than a refreshing beer to top off a day at the beach - unless that beer is brewed within earshot of the breaking waves. Head to Black Rock, in Melbourne's southeastern suburbs, and that's what awaits you. Just a stone's throw from the sand, True South is a contemporary bar-restaurant-brewery bringing quality craft brews to a pocket of Melbourne previously starved of a decent beer culture.

The impressive, gleaming white building in the shadow of the Black Rock Clock Tower used to be an auto garage and, back in the 1950s when it still sold petrol, was known as the "Last Stop" for anyone heading to Portsea. Today, it houses a custom built 1200l brewery brought in from Canada, a bar, restaurant and upstairs function room with views over Port Phillip Bay.

Opened by Grant and Suzanne Dow in late 2009, they brought head brewer Sam Füss back to Melbourne to develop their beer list. Sam has a CV that's taken her around Australia, including stints at Little Creatures, Matilda Bay and South Melbourne's former Gunn Island Brewery, and regularly embellishes her year round range of beers (Summer Ale, New World Pilsner, Pale and Dark Ale) with seasonal specials.

The kitchen uses only Victorian produce and creates upmarket takes on classic pub fare, occasionally using Sam's beers in the food and producing crispy crushed kipfler potatoes with confit garlic and rosemary salt are so good The Crafty Pint starts drooling just thinking about them... The wines are all sourced within the state too, with care taken to populate the list with labels you're unlikely to find at a bottleshop.

Name
True South
Address

298 Beach Road
Black Rock
VIC 3193

Phone
1300 878 360
Website
Website
Hours

Monday: Closed
Tues to Fri: noon - late
Sat & Sun: 8am - late

The Regulars

True South Clock Tower IPA

Launched in celebration of the brewery's second birthday, the Clock Tower is named after Black Rock's landmark and is also the first beer made solo by head brewer's Sam's sidekick Brian. An American style IPA, it's crammed with big aroma hops, including Cascade, Galaxy and Simcoe, the result being a beer that seemed to find favour with folks at its launch party. As for the brewers' description, expect: "a rich, slightly hazy copper colour", "intense tropical fruits: mango, paw paw, lychee, passionfruit and resiny pine notes", "a strong, slightly numbing pine like bitterness with stone fruit undertones and a crisp, refreshing hop character finish". Blimey - it's a wonder they had time to make the beer with all that describing to do. Anyway, it's out now so you can decide for yourself. ··· Read more
Style
US IPA
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
42 IBU
Stockists

True South

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True South Pale Ale

True South's Pale Ale comes with a nod and a wink to the States, serving up big, punchy hops on the nose, a solid malt backbone and a sizable bitterness to round it all off. ··· Read more
Style
American Pale Ale

True South Dark Ale

A lovely, clean dark ale, once allowed to warm a little this reveals its true nature: sweet chocolate aromas and rich cocoa flavours with a touch of caramel and roasted goodness. ··· Read more
Style
Dark Ale

True South New World Pilsner

As Australian and New Zealand brewers look to make their mark on the world of beers, one style that's turning heads is the New World take on pilsners. Here, Sam has used Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand to give the traditional European lager style a lively floral bouquet and, as a result, created a delicious beer that's helping put the brewery on the map. ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner

Summer Ale

True South's biggest seller, this easy-drinking beer has an aroma with hints of tropical fruits and pineapple. Both the malt profile and bitterness are restrained, making for a delicate, sessionable take on the German kolsch style of pale ale with a short, dry finish. ··· Read more
Style
Kolsch
Strength
4.5%

The Specials

True South Angry Argie

A beer designed as a collaboration between True South's new head brewer Brian Kiss von Soly and chef Mauro Callegari, this is a "light, easy-drinking, summery sort of beer". Borne of a conversation between the Argentinean chef and the brewer, one in which the chef described the kind of beer he was after then went through a selection of malts and hops to decide which ones he favoured. Among the hops to pass muster were Galaxy and Cascade, resulting in an aromatic number, one which finishes dry and has been racing through the taps at the Black Rock venture since its release. ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Stockists

True South

Released July 9 2012

Ninkasi's Angel

A truly unique beer. Ninkasi's Angel is the latest fruit to be borne by the blossoming affair between many of the women involved in the Aussie craft beer industry that has already given us a stage show and spawned Barley's Angels. Created on a brew day attended by brewers and brewery owners from True South, Hargreaves Hill, Red Hill, Two Birds Brewing and Matilda Bay plus the Beer Diva and a load of beer lovin' ladies - even The Crafty Pot - which you can read all about here and here, it's all in a good cause, with profits going to the McGrath Foundation. But what of the beer? Well, we're rather fond of a Belgian tripel at Crafty Towers so were a little giddy when they chose to brew one. It looks great in the glass, with a slight blood orange tint presumably from the many spices added and a prominent foamy head (or "egg white whipped pavlova head" according to one admiring male brewer). The Belgian yeast throws up a mix of citrusy and herbal, almost medicinal, aromas complemented by hints ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Belgian Tripel
Strength
7.8%

Released October 25 2011

True South Whatever You Want Me To Be

Yep. That really is the name of this beer, the result of brewer Sam Füss's disregard for style guides when coming up with it. Clearly inspired by the fun she had creating Ninkasi's Angel with women fro Red Hill, Hargreaves Hill, Matilda Bay and Two Birds Brewing, it's another collaborative effort, this time in conjunction with Melbourne coffee gurus Proud Mary. Five and a half litres of cold drip coffee has been infused into the ale along with cassia bark to create what Sam's calling "a tasting experience like no other!" Quite what that means we're not sure, but you can find out on tap at her brewery or by heading to the Festival of the Frothy (Oct 15), where it will one of many awesome beers on the lineup. ··· Read more
Style
You what?

Released October 11 2011

True South Red Truck (2011)

The return of True South's first ever seasonal release, the Red Truck was debuted at the recent Microbreweries Showcase. A firm favourite of brewer Sam Füss, who named it after the old red truck brewer she used to roll around West Australia in, this is a take on the traditional European Marzen style. Pouring a ruby orange, it's one of a number of beers of this style hitting shelves from Aussie brewers at the moment and, as with all of Sam's beers, is an impressively clean and refined number. Biscuity malts lead the way without tipping into sweet territory, while the bitterness kept firmly in check in a nicely balanced beer. ··· Read more
Style
Marzen
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

True South

Released March 26 2011

True South Mint Ninja

Clearly not content with creating Australia's first single hop beer brewed with the Sorachi Ace variety developed by Japanese brewery Sapporo (which has previously only appeared as one of the hops in the Mornington Peninsula Brewery's Witbier), True South's Sam Füss decided to raid her garden too. Grabbing a load of fresh mint to throw into the hopback, she's come up with a beer that promises to showcase the lemongrass and lemon myrtle characters of the hop with a splash of refreshing mint. Sam says: "To taste it has a soft minty/wheaty front palate that gives way to a great lemony burst, finishing with a big, but not over the top bitterness." If it all sounds a little weird, rest assured that there's another minty experiment going on at the Mountain Goat brewery, where their Steam Ale is being run through Randy the Hopinator filled with fresh mint and peaches and is tasting - and smelling - rather lovely. ··· Read more

Released December 16 2010

True South Single Batch

Blimey. It's not hard to find a brewer claiming their beers aren't true to style. But these days it seems some are determined to claim there is no style in existence that their beer could possibly be likened to! We've had Mt Goat's Bubble and Squeak "make something out of whatever's lying around the brewery" and now this from True South - so random they can't even be arsed to give it a proper name. Well I never... So what's the story? Well, according to the Black Rock crew: "We've made a single batch brew which is combination of 6 malts and a selection of the finest hops. It's our first (and may be our last) crack at something different, new, interesting, even special." Brewer Sam Füss says it's â?an easy drinking ale to celebrate the warmer months. A medium bodied beer with fresh hop aromas of stone fruit and apricots.â? There's 23 kegs and when they're gone, they're gone. ··· Read more
Style
Beer
Stockists

True South Brewery

Released October 29 2010

Little Miss Muffett

Arriving in time for the warmer weather (wishful thinking?) comes Little Miss Muffet, a 4.6% apple cider from Black Rock's True South. Described by brewer Sam Füss as "displaying a crystal clear appearance, with aromas of freshly cut apples and fruit, combined with a gentle balance of natural sugars and acids", it's the latest cider from Victoria's micros. "The palate is spritzy with a sherbet like finish and a refreshing more-ish taste," she adds. "Just like the name might suggest this cider's a little cheeky.â? ··· Read more
Style
Apple cider
Strength
4.6%
Stockists

True South Brewery

Released October 9 2010

Red Truck Lager

Named after the faithful old red truck brewer Sam Fuss used to roll around West Australia in, this is a take on the traditional European Marzen style. Pouring a ruby orange, it's a clean, malt-driven beer with biscuity malts to the fore. ··· Read more
Style
Marzen
Stockists

True South Brewery - JUST TWO KEGS LEFT AT THE BREWERY AS OF SEPT 1!!!

Released April 24 2010

Wee Jimmy

True South's winter seasonal, this is a take on strong Scotch Ales - but with a twist. A small amount of peat malt was included among the seven malts in the grain bill lending the beer a hint of peat smoke on the nose and ensuring that just as the rich, caramelly malt flavours have made their way across your palate, you're hit with an aftertaste that's like taking a puff on a fine cigar. ··· Read more
Style
Strong Scotch Ale
Strength
6.5%

Released May 3 2010

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