How many great ideas are concocted between mates over a few beers every time the AFL Grand Final rolls around? And how many do you reckon actually reach fruition? Not many, I'd wager. So tip your hats to the guys behind the Mornington Peninsula Brewery whose 'Let's open a brewery!â? conversation as the Hawks downed the Cats in 2008 became a reality in just two years.
Built inside a factory once used to manufacture exploding golf balls, the brewery is about a kilometre from the Mornington Racecourse and the same distance from the town itself. It has become a serious destination for beer lovers with the brewing side of operations headed up by Andrew 'AGâ? Gow, whose pedigree includes stints at Mountain Goat, Matilda Bay and 5 Islands in NSW.
Designed to offer beer lovers the great combination of beer and wood-fired pizza, you can also soak up the atmosphere with live music played every Sunday afternoon while your pizza (made with dough using beer!) is cooking in the impressive stainless steel oven. For those more into the brewing side of things you might even catch the brewers at work as you gaze out over the brewing system from the mezzanine area.
Mornington Peninsula's regular range includes a Belgian Witbier, American Pale Ale, and an English Brown Ale with an American IPA and English Porter usually available. However, it is the specialty beers with which Mornington are really 'kicking goals', beers as varied as their Imperial IPA and Sorachi Kolsch are being created under the 'seasonal' title and you're always likely to find a new one just around the corner. With wine barrel tables and plenty of seating too, Mornington Peninsula Brewery has become a great destination for beer lovers on the Peninsula.