Hopheads Yarraville

Yarraville is the kind of Melbourne suburb that’s long had a village feel about it. The historic buildings along Anderson and Ballarat Streets turn the area’s beating heart into a place where shopping or sipping a coffee feels akin to visiting a candlestick maker at some point early in the last century. 

While there might be no actual candlestick makers to discover in the 2020s, the multiple butchers, bakers, cafés, intimate diners and small stores suggest this pocket of Melbourne’s west really does have a taste for, well, the tasty. The fact it’s home to one of the finest cinemas in the city, the art deco Sun Theatre, is just further evidence Yarraville embraces the small-scale, the classic, and the community-minded. 

But, while independent cinemas and bookstores matter a great deal and do help build a community, so too does an excellent craft beer bar. For some time, it was one thing Yarraville really lacked, despite being sandwiched between Footscray in the north, with its rising reputation as a beer destination, and Spotswood in the south – the home of Two Birds Brewing since 2014.

That was all corrected early in 2021 when the team at Hopheads brought their love for beer to the suburb. First launched by Adrian Chong and Wai Lee Yong in Point Cook in 2015, the Hopheads concept was born out of a desire by Adrian and Wai Lee to bring the kind of beer experience they enjoyed closer to home. 

The couple soon turned that selfish interest into a bar-bottleshop hybrid with a great reputation and built a team and a name in Melbourne’s west that’s now synonymous with promoting and proselytising craft beer, before opening a second store in Altona in 2018. 

At Hopheads Yarraville, their third bar and bottleshop provides the team with the perfect space to welcome more people into their world. Situated on busy Anderson Street, and a mere stone’s throw from Yarraville station, the location of Hopheads III is an ideal one for welcoming newcomers to craft beer and as a hub for those chasing rarities.

The 12 fridges give the bottleshop side of the business more space for beer than the other Hopheads enjoy and you’ll find them filled with myriad beer styles from some of Australia’s – and the world’s – top brewers. They can be enjoyed inside for a small corkage fee, although you’re just as likely to choose from the dozen constantly-rotating taps. 

Drinking in at Hopheads Yarraville is an experience you don’t want to miss either. A mural that will feel familiar to anyone who’s walked into their Altona venues greets you as you enter, and though Yarraville is a similar size to their Altona, this one feels slightly grander. In part, that’s down to the high ceilings and wide windows at the store’s front, which provide not just ample space, but the perfect spot for people watching.

The design of both the bar and taps is one of simple elegance and, as with the other Hopheads, there’s no kitchen. But when the suburb you’re in is a village like Yarraville, you’re well serviced by local takeaway options as it is. 

If there was any doubt Yarraville was the kind of village ready for a craft beer bar, the first few weekends after Hopheads arrival certainly put that to rest – how often do you see queues out the front of beer venues outside of major events?

Certainly, for fans of great beer, this village has never been tastier.

Name
Hopheads Yarraville
Address

53 Anderson Street
Yarraville
3013 VIC

Open Hours

Mon to Thurs: 3pm to 9pm
Fri & Sat: 1pm to 11pm
Sunday: 1pm to 9pm

This is a directory listing. To find out more, head here

Regularly featured brewers

2 Brothers 2 Brothers

2 Brothers

4 Joyner St
Moorabbin
VIC 3189

3 Ravens 3 Ravens

3 Ravens

1 Theobald Street
Thornbury
VIC 3071

Akasha Taproom & Brewery Akasha Taproom & Brewery

Akasha Taproom & Brewery

10-12 Spencer Street
Five Dock
NSW 2046

Bad Shepherd Bad Shepherd

Bad Shepherd

386 Reserve Road
Cheltenham
VIC 3192

Batch Brewing Co Batch Brewing Co

Batch Brewing Co

44 Sydenham Road
Marrickville
NSW 2204

Black Arts Brewers & Blenders Black Arts Brewers & Blenders

Black Arts Brewers & Blenders

4/63 Macaulay Street
Williamstown North
VIC 3016

Blackman's Brewery Blackman's Brewery

Blackman's Brewery

26 Bell Street
Torquay
VIC 3228

Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers

Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers

34 & 51 Macbeth Street
Braeside
VIC 3195

Bridge Road Brewers Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Brewers

Old Coach House
Ford Street
Beechworth VIC 3747

Bright Brewery Bright Brewery

Bright Brewery

121 Great Alpine Road
Bright
VIC 3741

Burnley Brewing Burnley Brewing

Burnley Brewing

648 Bridge Road
Richmond
VIC 3121

CoConspirators Brewing CoConspirators Brewing

CoConspirators Brewing

377 Victoria Street
Brunswick
VIC 3056

Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne

Colonial Brewing Co Port Melbourne

89 Bertie Street
Port Melbourne
VIC 3207

Dainton Brewery & Taphouse Dainton Brewery & Taphouse

Dainton Brewery & Taphouse

560 Frankston Dandenong Rd
Carrum Downs
VIC 3201

Deeds Brewing Deeds Brewing

Deeds Brewing

4 Paran Place
Glen Iris
VIC 3146

Fixation Brewing Co Fixation Brewing Co

Fixation Brewing Co

414 Smith Street
Collingwood
VIC 3066

Gage Roads Gage Roads

Gage Roads

14 Absolon St
Palmyra
WA 6157

Green Beacon (Asahi) Green Beacon (Asahi)

Green Beacon (Asahi)

26 Helen Street
Teneriffe
QLD 4005

Hargreaves Hill Hargreaves Hill

Hargreaves Hill

Factory 60
64-86 Beresford Road
Lilydale 3140

Hawkers Beer Hawkers Beer

Hawkers Beer

167 Henty Street
Reservoir
VIC 3073

Hobart Brewing Company Hobart Brewing Company

Hobart Brewing Company

16 Evans Street
Macquarie Point
Hobart
TAS 7000

Holgate Brewhouse Holgate Brewhouse

Holgate Brewhouse

79 High Street
Woodend
VIC 3442

Hop Nation Hop Nation

Hop Nation

Unit 6, 107/109 Whitehall Street Footscray
VIC 3011

Hope Brewery Hope Brewery

Hope Brewery

2213 Broke Road
Pokolbin
NSW 2320

Jetty Road Jetty Road

Jetty Road

12-14 Brasser Avenue
Dromana
VIC 3936

KAIJU! Beer KAIJU! Beer

KAIJU! Beer

10 Superior Drive
Dandenong South
VIC 3175

Killer Sprocket Killer Sprocket

Killer Sprocket

7/375 Bayswater Rd
Bayswater North
VIC 3153

La Sirène Brewing La Sirène Brewing

La Sirène Brewing

2 Wingrove Street
Alphington
VIC 3078

Modus Operandi Modus Operandi

Modus Operandi

14 Harkeith Street
Mona Vale
NSW 2103

Molly Rose Brewing Molly Rose Brewing

Molly Rose Brewing

279 Wellington Street
Collingwood
VIC 3066

Moon Dog Moon Dog

Moon Dog

17 Duke Street
Abbotsford
VIC 3067

Mr Banks Brewing Co Mr Banks Brewing Co

Mr Banks Brewing Co

12 Hi-Tech Place
Seaford
VIC 3198

Ocho Ocho

Ocho

7/31a Churchill Park Drive (OFFICE)
Invermay
TAS 7248

One Drop Brewing Co One Drop Brewing Co

One Drop Brewing Co

5 Erith Street
Botany
NSW 2019

Philter Brewing Philter Brewing

Philter Brewing

92-98 Sydenham Road
Marrickville
2204

Sauce Brewing Co Sauce Brewing Co

Sauce Brewing Co

1A Mitchell St
Marrickville
NSW 2204

Stomping Ground Brewing Co Stomping Ground Brewing Co

Stomping Ground Brewing Co

100 Gipps Street
Collingwood
VIC 3066

Stone & Wood Stone & Wood

Stone & Wood

100 Centennial Circuit
Byron Bay
NSW 2481

Two Birds Brewing Two Birds Brewing

Two Birds Brewing

136 Hall Street
Spotswood
VIC 3015

Wayward Brewing Co Wayward Brewing Co

Wayward Brewing Co

3 Gehrig Lane
Camperdown
NSW 2050

Wildflower Wildflower

Wildflower

11-13 Brompton Street
Marrickville
NSW 2204