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Southern Bay Brewing

In 2012, a new brewery entered the Australian craft beer scene. Except it wasn't new at all. In fact, it had been around nearly 25 years and some of its brewing equipment was much older. Yet it was still a new face on the scene. Confused? Then let us explain...

Southern Bay Brewing has been operating in one form or another since the late 1980s. Predominantly it was known as a contract brewery, using its large brewhouse and unique tanks and packaging setup to brew beers for companies across the country. It also brewed a couple of its own beers, but nothing you'd call craft. Then things changed.

The brewery was rebranded, the brewers were tasked to come up with new beers like the eminently quaffable Southern Ocean Ale, and then they brought in Steve "Hendo" Henderson from Prickly Moses on a mission "to make better beer, not more beer". The first fruits of his endeavours arrived mid-2012 in the shape of the Metalhead Porter and Requiem Pilsner, beers now produced by a new brewing team headed up by former Grand Ridge head brewer Phil Rutjens.

The result is a brewery that still brews dozens of beers for others but which is placing a greater focus on its own. For the time being the beers are brewed on a truly unique setup that features, among other things, a towering wood clad lauter tun purchased from the Corio Distillery, rectangular fermentation tanks (great for dry-hopping apparently) and various other pieces of machinery that would decorate any brewing museum.

If everything goes to plan they could well be in a museum soon too as the next stage in the rebirth of Southern Bay is set to involve the building of a brand new brewery on the site. Watch this space...

Name
Southern Bay Brewing
Address

80 Point Henry Rd
Moolap
VIC 3224

Phone
(03) 5248 5710
Website
Hours

Cellar door sales:
Mon to Fri: 8:30am to 4:30pm

Tours

By appointment only

The Regulars

Southern Bay Hop Bazooka

Tapped Wed Oct 10 2012
How many beers start off as a t-shirt? Not too many, we'd wager, but not long after head brewer Hendo started at Southern Bay, the name Hop Bazooka was conjured and said t-shirts soon followed. And, with the brewing team being signed up hop lovers, it was only a matter of time before the beer followed. As you'd imagine, Bazza (as we're naming it for short) is a hop heavy affair, an American style IPA which the brewers say is "bursting with resinous hop flavour and aroma that often strikes the ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Southern Bay

Randall's Geelong

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer Richmond

Brunswick St IGA

Odyssey Tavern

Grumpy's

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Southern Bay Southern Ocean Ale

One of the first beers to appear after the rebranding and one that looks set to stay for a long time. It's their take on the American Pale Ale style and a tasty one at that, offering up some tropical fruity notes on the nose and plenty of sweet caramel and nutty malt flavours in the mouth. There's a pretty full body too and enough bitterness to counteract the sweetness of the malts and entice you back for more. ··· Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%

Southern Bay Metal Head Porter - Archived

New head brewer Hendo didn't waste much time putting his stamp on the beers from Southern Bay, swiftly concocting the biggest dark beer to go through the brewery in partnership with his brewing team. Packed with darker malts, although very little from the roastier end of the scale, it's low on bitterness and high on the sweeter side of things, such as chocolate, mocha and burnt caramel. ··· Read more
Style
Porter
Strength
6.0%

Southern Bay Requiem Pilsner

This pilsner - or "uber pale pilsner" - is Southern Bay's attempt to create a lager of interest to the craft beer world. Against a background of pale malts they've lined up three takes on the Hallertau hop variety: the original from Germany and a couple of its descendants from New Zealand and Oz. The result is a beer with light floral, spicy hop aromas, sweet, biscuity malt and citrus flavours and a bitterness that's gentle for the style. ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
5.0%

The Specials

Southern Bay Lucifer's Gold

Tapped Mon Oct 17 2016
As has been their habit recently, when given a chance to try out something new and different on their unique kit, the Southern Bay brewers have grabbed the opportunity with both hands. In the case of Lucifer's Gold, they've gone and brewed the biggest beer ever to leave the Geelong brewery too – including every beer bearing the Southern Bay brand and all the beers they've made for others under license. Of course, bigger needn't mean better, but they've been on a good run when it comes to limited ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Golden Ale
Strength
8.1%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Southern Bay Vanilla Oatmeal Stout 2016

Tapped Thu Jun 16 2016
One of last year's surprise hits was Southern Bay's Vanilla Oatmeal Stout. For a long time, the brewery had been better known as a brewer of beers for others, doing so on some of the most quirky and occasionally archaic tools in the land. Yet, since the time that Hendo (now Mr BrewCult) was head brewer, there's been a drive to improve and raise awareness of their own beers. And, in 2015, this beer did more than any other to win them new fans, even ending up in our Best New Beers of 2015 list for ··· Read more
Style
Vanilla Oatmeal Stout
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Beermash Cellars and Bar

And other venues and bottleshops around Victoria

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Southern Bay G-Town Brown

Tapped Wed Mar 23 2016
Last year saw Southern Bay's brewing team impress with a couple of fine seasonals. Taking time out from brewing for other brands as well as their more straightforward core range, Phil Rutjens and colleagues produced a luscious Vanilla Oatmeal Stout some had down as their best of the year as well as one of the better takes on a Belgian IPA we've come across on these shores. Their run of fine limited releases continues with the G-Town Brown, an American brown ale that pays homage to the brewery's hometown ··· Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

And select beer venues and bottleshops in Victoria

Southern Bay White IPA

Tapped Fri Oct 9 2015
If you've visited Southern Bay's brewery outside Geelong, you'll be aware that it's one of the more idiosyncratic in the land. Wander through the sheds and you'll find various bits of repurposed steel, horizontal fermenters that look like prison cells from a lo-fi Eastern European sci-fi movie from the early 1970s and pieces of machinery that make the experience akin to a journey into brewing's past. Yet, in recent years, brewers at the brewery that still makes more beer for other brewers than itself ··· Read more
Style
White IPA
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Littlefoot (Footscray)

Birmingham Hotel (Fitzroy)

Chas Coles Cellarbrations (Geelong)

Grovedale Hotel

Castlemaine Wine Store

Jack's Cellarbrations (Ballarat)

Bottles and Barrels (Geelong)

Barwon Heads Wine Store

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Southern Bay Brewery Vanilla Oatmeal Stout

Tapped Mon Jun 29 2015
Southern Bay's brewery is one of the largest in the Aussie micro world and is responsible for producing a wide range of beers for other brewing companies as well as those bearing its own name. As such, you don't tend to see much in the way of limited releases from the Geelong based brew crew. But occasionally they do get to experiment, such as when they created a one-off keg for a beer festival. With the beer never originally intended for commercial release, the brewers claim it was "brewed ··· Read more
Style
Vanilla Oatmeal Stout
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Aireys Pub

Barwon Heads Winestore

Corkscrew Cellars Torquay

Melbourne stockists to follow

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Southern Bay Summergalactic Belgian Blonde

Tapped Sat Nov 15 2014
You'll have to make an effort to get your hands on the latest limited release from Southern Bay, or at least be attending the right festivals this summer. The first chance to get your hands on the Summergalactic Belgian Blonde will be this weekend at the Bendigo Craft Beer Festival and, following that, the remainder of the kegs will only be pulled out for the other Victorian festivals they're attending: Willy Beer Fest, Ballarat Beer Festival and the Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong. Well, ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Blonde
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Bendigo Craft Beer Festival

Willy Beer Fest

Ballarat Beer Festival

Great Australian Beer Festival Geelong

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Southern Bay Buzz Marzen

Tapped Tue Oct 21 2014
It's the time of year when nobody can get enough of all beers German. So, hot on the heels of their coffee stout, comes a beer inspired by the country's south from one of Australia's most southerly breweries. The Buzz Marzen is their take on the festive lagers that have been consumed by the Edith Maersk in recent weeks worldwide and as such is built upon nothing by German malts: pilsner, Vienna, Munich and more. That said, there's a twist. It's hinted at in the name: Buzz, with the addition of local ··· Read more
Style
Marzen
Stockists

ON TAP AT:

Vue Grand, Queenscliff

Odyssey Tavern, Mt Duneed

Aireys Pub, Aireys Inlet

Raccoon Club, Thornbury

Birmingham Hotel, Fitzroy

Young and Jackson's, Melbourne Grape and Grain, Moorabin

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Southern Bay / Cartel Mr B.I.G.S.

Tapped Tue Jul 22 2014
The brewers down at Southern Bay are planning to have a little fun. They're launching what will be a semi-regular (or irregular if you prefer), keg-only releases that could be as little as a single keg or could be a dozen, and they're doing it with a collaboration that has quite the genesis story. They hooked up with award-winning local roasters Cartel and set about conjuring something that would make the most of the beverages each are renowned for brewing. The result is Mr B.I.G.S. (Belgian Inspired ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Coffee Stout
Strength
7.1%
Bitterness
40IBU
Stockists

Bended - Yarra St, Geelong

Vue Grand

Young & Jackson

Raccoon Club - Plenty Rd, Preston

Deja Vu

You will also find two kegs at Bendigo on the Hop at the Shamrock Hote

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Southern Bay Lone Sailor

Tapped Fri Apr 4 2014
Victoria's Southern Bay returns to its nautical roots with its latest seasonal release. The Lone Sailor is one that has done something of a round the world trip, with the brewers sourcing a wide range of malts from New Zealand and Europe to create this multilayered amber ale. Gladfields, from across the ditch in New Zealand, supply five different varieties with a dash of rye malt from Germany's Weyermann included to add a touch of spice to the mix. According to the team at Southern Bay, even the ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
5.4%
Bitterness
32 IBU
Stockists

Southern Bay direct

Venues TBC

Southern Bay Le Petit Tronc

Tapped Sat Jan 19 2013
Given this beer is a Saison, a beer with its origins in France and Belgium, one assumed that the "Tronc" in question was some sort of weird reference to a trunk. However, it is instead a reference to the departed head brewer from Little Creatures, Alex Troncoso, who is off to ply his trade at the Camden Town Brewery in London. It turns out that Alex is good mates with another Alex, who is one of the brewers at Southern Bay. Not just one of the brewers at Southern Bay, however, but the one ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.6%
Stockists

Slowbeer

Carlton Cellars

Village Brasserie (ex-Belgian Beer Cafe Bluestone)

East Of Everything

McCoppins

[Purvis Cellars](/beer/bottleshop/purvis-beer/

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