Temple

The renaissance of Temple is one of the great comeback stories of the modern Australian craft beer world. The original incarnation of the brewery and bar in Brunswick East – itself borne from one of Australia's original "gypsy" breweries in late 2011– ran into difficulties and was forced to close its doors for a few months in 2013.

When new owners took over later that year, bringing a new look to the beers, a new feel to the venue and, ultimately, a new brewer – Glenn Harrison from Hargreaves Hill – to the brewery, one wondered how they would fare. Within a year or so it was clear the new Temple was here to stay.

In many ways, the new Temple is like the old Temple: same location off Lygon Street, same highly specced Newlands brewery, same eye-catching stone bars bearing "TEMPLE" in huge lettering and walls of glass offering unhindered views into the brewery. But much has changed too.

The beers are all new, with the Bicycle Beer session ale and Anytime IPA the first beers launched under the new guise; the latter of these has since been reworked by Glenn and was named Champion International Pale Ale at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards. Since then he's added further top notch regulars, including the American stout New World Order and Power Stance, which, in the opinion of those at Crafty Towers, is as fine a traditional pilsner as you'll find anywhere in Australia. The brewery has also carried out collaborations with beer venues, restaurants, international breweries – even punk rockers Bodyjar, and also helped other breweries produce batches of their limited release beers.

From day one, Temple set out to offer food of a quality rarely seen at breweries and that's an area in which its reaping the rewards too as Melbourne's dining-crazed residents – and media – discover the delights coming out of the kitchen. The Midnight Burger, served in black buns created with the addition of bamboo charcoal, tends to attract most coverage but the kitchen produces an array of great dishes, all crafted on site from local produce. They like to call it "refined comfort food" and also like to use beer where possible, whether in the short ribs featuring sweet wort from a brew's first runnings or the creme brulee featuring stout and milled Midnight Wheat.

It's part of the reason the venue has, like craft beer venues and brewery bars generally, started to attract a broad congregation through its doors. The opening of a long-mooted beer garden on Weston Street has helped too, while the upstairs function space with its own bar has come into its own.

The new team has also got Temple involved in many projects outside the beer world via sponsorship and partnerships. In part it's all about supporting causes that they share a bond with – the Bicycle Beer makes them a great fit for the Melbourne Roubaix – but also ones they have a personal passion for or which can help spread the message about better beer into new areas. Other partnerships include those with The Wheeler Centre, Red Bubble, Baker IDI Heart Research, Royal Melbourne Neuroscience and Gertrude Contemporary, while they've done events with everyone from local fashion designers to comedians and international barbers.

Award-winning beers, a buzzing venue, fine food and friends in all sorts of places – what more reason do you need to worship at Temple?

Photos without Crafty Pint watermark taken by Michelle Jarni at The Urban List.

Name
Temple
Address

122 Weston Street
East Brunswick
VIC 3057

Phone
(03) 9380 8999
Website
Hours

Thurs & Fri: 5pm to 11pm
Saturday: Midday to 11pm
Sunday: Midday to 9pm

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The Regulars

Temple Anytime Pale Ale

In recent years, we've seen mini-crazes for certain styles, be it saisons or black IPAs at one time or another. The summer of 2013/14 looks set to be marked by a few, with a decent number of Aussie breweries launching midstrengths, Berliner weisse and sessionable IPAs. It's into this last category that the Anytime from Temple – one of two new beers tapped at its relaunch – falls. It's a style that's essentially a pale with more punch or an IPA that won't make you fall over after more than a couple, ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
4.7%

Temple Extra Special Bitter (Retired)

Back in their gypsy days, one of Temple's regular tipples was the Special Bitter, as good a take on a classic English ale that you would find around Australia. Now that they're back but bolder and shinier than ever, so is the beer. Brought out for autumn, it comes with added "Extra" with Ron and his team of brewers beefing the beer up all round. That said, they say it remains as true to British stylings as its forefather, just with "extra hops, extra malt and extra flavour". ··· Read more
Style
ESB
Strength
4.7%
Bitterness
39IBU
Stockists

Temple

Temple Pale Ale (Retired)

The return of an old favourite, this is Temple's faithful take on the US Pale Ale style, with plenty of floral new world hops on the nose, captured in the brewery's hopback, and a rich, full malt flavour wrapped up with a firm bitterness. ··· Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
34.5 IBU

Temple Saison (Retired)

One of the beers that put Temple on the craft beer map when they were operating as gypsy brewers - making their beers on other people's breweries. A flavoursome and complex take on a style that's becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Saisons are traditional farmhouse beers originating in parts of France and southern Belgium. The Temple take is pale and cloudy with a light orange hue and a dense rocky head. The aroma is full of fruit and spice with a noticeable yeast character, with unmalted ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Temple Soba Ale (Retired)

A beer that first made its appearance as a specialty brew for the Shinobi Japanese Garden at Beer DeLuxe early in 2010, it became the fifth member of the Temple permanent range when the brewery opened its doors in December 2011. A tweaked recipe for the beer based on the traditional German altbier style has led to a firmer bitterness thanks to generous lashings of noble European hops. As you might expect from Temple, there's a twist, in this case the use of Japanese buckwheat as part of the malt ··· Read more
Style
Altbier with Buckwheat
Strength
4.9%
Bitterness
31.5 IBU

Temple Brunswick Draught (Retired)

A beer conceived with a nod both to the local community and the good old Aussie bitter, the Temple Brunswick Draught is one that will be familiar to anyone that's drunk a traditional Aussie beer, yet different too. The familiarity comes from the use of the old school and much unfancied in craft beer circles Pride of Ringwood hops. The difference comes from the fact that it's used in a beer that's clean and flavoursome and comes with a rich malt flavour drawn from ten different malts sourced from ··· Read more
Style
Bitter
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Temple Bicycle Beer

The second of two new permanent beers introduced at the brewery's launch, this is a refresher of relatively low alcohol designed for, you guessed it, quaffing and still being able to cycle home. Slightly tart, thanks to the use of the American wheat yeast, it has a subtle hop aroma created by a blend of seven hops, that's at once slightly spicy and citrusy. In typical Temple fashion, there's an unusual ingredient, this time salt from an ancient lake found underneath the Grampians, that adds a dryness ··· Read more
Style
American Wheat
Strength
4.2%
Bitterness
21 IBU

The Specials

Temple Brewing Bold New World & ESB

Tapped Fri May 20 2016
There's been a flurry of new releases from Temple this month. We've already written about this year's Season's Harvest but if you're heading to their stall at GABS or visiting their brewery bar (plus a handful of other venues) look out for a couple of others. One is the Bold New World, an imperial version of their New World Order American stout. It weighs in at 10.2 percent ABV and let's you know, presenting vinous qualities, a liqueur like dark chocolate character and a touch of cherry alongside ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Stout & ESB
Strength
10.2% & 5.2%
Stockists

GABS

Temple Brewery Bar

Prosciutto Bros

And select other beer venues

NB some venues listed only have one of the beers

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Temple Brewing Season's Harvest 2016

Tapped Sun May 8 2016
In the first part of 2015, Temple Brewing kicked off a partnership with the highly regarded Royal Mail in Dunkeld. It saw them raid the kitchen garden of the Grampians restaurant and place the spoils in a beer. The result was Season's Harvest, a Belgian style witbier brewed with lemon verbena, a plant with intense and lively lemon characters, and pink peppercorns. They were that happy with the results that they returned this year to pick some more, thus creating a beer rather different to most of ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery

Royal Mail Dunkeld

Others TBC

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Temple Brewing Powerstance Pilsner

Tapped Mon Mar 21 2016
It's been a while since the first encounter between The Crafty Pint and Temple's Powerstance Pilsner. The occasion was head brewer Glenn Harrison's #$th birthday and, ever since, it's been the first beer (and sometimes the second or third) to be ordered on subsequent visits. Initially conceived with Frank Peifer, the former head brewer at Weihenstephan, at the other end of the phone after the pair had collaborated during a past Good Beer Week, it's a very traditionally minded pilsner and one that ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Available relatively widely in good bars and bottleshops

Temple Brewing Onetime Double IPA

Tapped Sat Dec 12 2015
When the Best International Pale Ale trophy at the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards went to Temple Brewing for its Anytime Session IPA, it felt like more than just an award for a beer. Having been on the brink as a business as recently as 2013, the award was something of a landmark moment for the new business that emerged last year. However, the crescendo of what's been a truly significant year for Temple Mk II has, appropriately, been left right until the end with the final act of the Melbourne ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
7.8%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

Launched at Temple Brewing on December 12

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East Coast Brewers Union Exile IPA

Tapped Tue Jul 21 2015
This beer is one of the few silver linings to come from the collapse of equipment supplier Core Brewing earlier in the year. It left many Aussie brewers – amateur, commercial and in between – out of pocket, some to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars. One of the affected breweries was Temple, whose head brewer Glenn Harrison invited the others to join them for a commiseratory, "let's turn a bad thing into something positive" collaboration brew day earlier in the year. Among the ··· Read more
Style
East Coast IPA
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery Bar

Illawarra Brewery Bar

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Temple Brewing / Royal Mail Hotel Season's Harvest

Tapped Wed May 6 2015
In its various guises, Temple Brewing has undertaken quite the array of collaborations. They've brewed twice with Frank Peifer, head brewer at the world's oldest established brewery Weihenstephan. Last weekend they hosted a mass collaboration between the brewers affected by a failed supplier to create an Eastern Coast IPA. They've brewed with the Local Taphouse Ale Stars and also created the People's Pint in a competition we ran a few years back asking the people of Australia to come up with a beer. Their ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Temple Brewing

Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Temple Brewing Hefeweizen

Tapped Wed Sep 24 2014
Given he spent a day in the company of Frank Piefer, head brewer at wheat beer maestros Weihenstephan, during this year’s Good Beer Week, you’d imagine Temple brewer Glenn Harrison picked up a thing or two about brewing a good hefeweizen. And so it is that, in time for Oktoberfest, he’s created one that he’s describing as a purely traditional take on the style. What that means is characteristics of vanilla and clove with a touch of banana – “but not too much” – wrapped up with some ··· Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Stockists

Temple

Others TBC

Temple / Weihenstephan Der Handschlag

Tapped Fri Jul 11 2014
During May's Good Beer Week in Melbourne, Frank Piefer, head brewers of the world's oldest established brewery, Weihennstephan in Germany, visited Temple to create their second collaboration beer. The brew day, to which members of the public were invited, ended up being a mammoth session with brewers there late in the night thanks to opting for the sort of heavy duty grain bill that brewhouses don't take to fondly. In the mix was heaps of wheat, some rye malt and a touch of smoked malt too, with ··· Read more
Style
Smoked Amber Wheat Beer
Strength
6.1%
Bitterness
19 IBU
Stockists

Temple

Temple New World Order Stout & Rye Hard IPA

Tapped Thu May 8 2014
Self-confessed dark beer lover Glenn Harrison has wasted little time imposing his dark passion upon his new brewery. The former Hargreaves Hill head brewer has only been in his post at Temple for a few weeks, but already his love of stouts cannot be contained. The New World Order is an American Stout and one of two new beers created under his stewardship that are out and about now. It's a pretty opaque, damn near jet black beer with the slightest ruby tinge and, being American influenced, has a pronounced ··· Read more
Style
American Stout & Rye IPA
Strength
6.5% / 6.2%

Temple Resurrection Pilsner

Tapped Sat Nov 23 2013
There are plenty of reasons for the folks at Temple to be happy these days. After a brief spell in voluntary liquidation, they're back in business and had one of their biggest nights ever on their first night back. They've got designers giving their East Brunswick home an overhaul. There are plans for significant expansion. And there are new beers. And, having dropped in to sample them the other day, it would seem that it's the last of these that, perhaps understandably, has co-founder and head brewer ··· Read more
Style
American Pilsner
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Temple

Temple Monsoon Ginger Beer

Tapped Sat Feb 23 2013
They're not afraid to play around with unusual ingredients at Temple. Since opening their brewery in December 2011, a few years after starting out "gypsy" brewing at breweries around Victoria, they've released a Soba Ale, made with buckwheat, the Scarlet Sour, featuring hibiscus and cranberries, and now a ginger beer. This might not seem so unusual, given the mini-explosion of interest in ginger beers in the past couple of years, yet it's a breed apart from the others on the market. For ··· Read more
Style
Ginger Beer
Strength
3.5%

Temple Scarlet Sour

Tapped Fri Nov 9 2012
Brendan "Watermelon Warhead" Varis, from Feral, told The Crafty Pint a while back that the only element more refreshing in beer than bitterness was the acidity found in well made sour beers. And, as a tiny but growing number of Aussie drinkers begin to explore the world of wild and sour beers - helped by the experimentation of a tiny but growing number of Aussie brewers in this area - we can expect to see more beers that test his theory. The latest is the first sour beer from Temple, the ··· Read more
Style
Fruit beer
Strength
4.0%
Stockists

Temple

Others TBC

Temple Oatmeal Stout

Tapped Fri Aug 10 2012
Considering the array of beers Temple has unleashed in recent years, it might come as some surprise that this is their first stout. Originally it was going to be held until next winter, but with one of the brewers - an avowed stout fiend - following his partner to Tassie, it was decided to brew the Oatmeal Stout early as a send off. In a break from the norm at the Brunswick East brewery, there's is nothing out of the norm. As head brewer Ron Feruglio says: "The twist is there is no twist." ··· Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
Strength
5.9%
Stockists

Temple

Others to follow

The People's Pint: Double Hoptendre

Tapped Tue May 15 2012
We've written plenty about this beer already, given its unique conception through the competition we ran earlier in the year via The People's Pint website. Invented by Brisvegan Leo Hede, chosen by a public vote, turned into a beer by Ron Feruglio at Temple, launched during Good Beer Week at a night on which Steve Grossman announced their partnership in the Temple Good Beer Week Scholarship and now available at a selection of the country's top craft beer bars, it's the first of what we hope will ··· Read more
Style
Rye Red Ale
Stockists

Temple

Pumphouse Bar

The Wheaty

Scratch Bar, Brisbane

Sail & Anchor, Fremantle

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Temple / Weihenstephan UNIFIKATOR

Tapped Fri May 4 2012
When the head brewer from the world's oldest existing brewery decides to pop into your brewery when it's only been open for a few weeks to make only the second collaboration in his brewery's history, you have every right to give the beer a name entirely in capital letters. And a name as bold as UNIFIKATOR. Because however you look at it, the fact that Temple hooked up with Frank Peifer of Weihenstephan is an incredible achievement. The beer - a strong wheat beer or weizenbock - uses the distinctive ··· Read more
Style
Weizenbock
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Temple

And more to follow at a series of launches soon

Temple Midnight IPA (Retired)

Tapped Fri Jan 13 2012
When this beer was offered up as a single keg taster at a trade event in 2010, it was the pick of pretty much everyone in the room. One chap with about as senior a role in the Australian brewing industry described it as faultless - not something he would give up easily. More importantly, it was delicious. And now, back as the final member of the Temple permanent range, it still is. Deeply dark and with powerfully pungent piney (that's enough "p's" thanks) hop aromas that greet you well ··· Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
7.0%
Bitterness
77 IBU
Stockists

Temple Brewery

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