Dave and Karen Golding abandoned their former lives in the city to set up the Mornington Peninsula's first brewery. Just five minutes spent there and you'll be hurriedly scrawling 'Dear boss, I've had a revelation...' on the nearest napkin.
Nestled among trees on the slopes of Red Hill South with the Goldings' pets roaming the neighbouring fields, Red Hill Brewery has been knocking out traditional British and European-influenced ales since 2005, enhanced by a growing number of seasonal and one-off specials.
Many of the beers have become regarded as modern Aussie classics, in particular the much sought after Imperial Stout, one of the very first beers of its style to be brewed locally. Their beers are regularly made with hops grown onsite including, of course, the British Golding variety. Visit at different times throughout the year to watch the plans shoot from roots to 16 foot climbers.
These days, the brewery bar is open every Friday to Sunday plus public holidays with extended hours during the summer. While open, food is provided by other Peninsula locals with platters, burgers and southern American-style barbecue to pair with the beers. It's a range that continues to grow with the aforementioned classics joined by new one-offs – often accompanied by barrel aged versions too; for their tenth birthday in 2015, they created ten red beers. Weekends such as their Secret Stash see a wide range of vintage and rare beers pulled from the cellar too.
You can also now book to stay at the brewery, with the Golding's former home available to rent as the Brewer's Cottage complete, of course, with a well stocked fridge. Book via the Red Hill website.