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Temple Brewing

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, new beers too, 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 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.

In particular, that goes for the beers, with the Bicycle Beer session ale and Anytime IPA the first to be launched under the new guise. Since then, those two beers have been rebranded as a summer ale and pale respectively to be joined in the core range by the New World Order American Stout and Powerstance Pilsner. Augmenting that lineup since then have been the Okinawa Sour, a beer made with the juice of the Shikuwasa fruit that’s almost entirely grown in one region of Japan.

From day one, Temple set out to offer food of a quality rarely seen at breweries, initially through a menu that tended towards gastropub fare. That changed in 2018 when new focus was put on Asian-inspired dishes, from calamari with Asian slaw to curries and pork belly burgers. Plenty of classic and hearty pub fare remain while specials that include a pot and parmas on Thursday and $1 chicken wings on Fridays are there to entice regulars from the ever-growing apartment towers in Brunswick East.

The food offering is 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 with which they share a bond – the Bicycle Beer makes them a great fit for the Melbourne Roubaix – but also those for which they have a personal passion that can help spread the better beer message into new areas.

The Pet Haven regularly pops up in the beer garden to help lost dogs find a home and Temple also supports local music, arts and cultural events both in the local neighbourhood and further afield too.

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

Name
Temple Brewing
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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Temple Brewing Regulars

Temple Brewing Okinawa Sour

Shikuwasa fruit is a true rarity in the world, only grown in two regions. One of those spots is Taiwan, while the bulk of the citrus is grown on the Okinawa province of Japan, a small group of island’s nestled to the nation’s south. It’s something of a lime meets yuzu (another citrus fruit of Asian origin proving popular with brewers) and, thanks to the people of Okinawa having some of the longest life expectancies in the world, is considered something of a wonder fruit. Okinawa Sour is a kettle… Read more
Style
Citrus Sour
ABV
4.0%
Bitterness
17 IBU

Temple Brewing New World Order Stout

The Illuminati liveried NWO Stout has been a part of Temple’s lineup since the early days of its rebirth, driven by then head brewer Glenn Harrison's love of such beers, and has managed to pick up a string of medals at beer awards over the years. It's a pretty opaque, damn near jet black beer with only a slight ruby tinge and, being American influenced, has a pronounced hop aroma upfront, operating mainly in the realm of citrus and berry. As for flavours, there are blackcurrant notes and a pine… Read more
Style
American Stout
ABV
6.5%

Temple Anytime Pale Ale

When Anytime Pale first launched at Temple, it was given the style tag session IPA, being a beer that packed that little bit more a punch than a pale ale but didn’t have quite the level of booze as most IPAs. It's a beer that has done particularly well for the brewery, having picked up several medals at the Australian International Beer Awards, including a major trophy in 2015. The beer has since been rebranded to, simply, the Anytime Pale Ale, due to some confusion from drinkers as to what it… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
4.7%
Awards

AIBA 2015 Best International Pale Ale

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
ABV
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
ABV
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
ABV
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
ABV
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
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Temple Bicycle Beer

One of Temple’s most established (and best known) permanent beers is a refresher with relatively low alcohol designed for, you guessed it, quaffing while still leaving the drinker 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, one that's at once slightly spicy and citrusy. In typical Temple fashion, there's an unusual ingredient, this time it’s sea salt that adds a dryness to the finish and delivers… Read more
Style
American Wheat
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
21 IBU

Temple Brewing Specials

Temple Brewing Brewer's Choice Red IPA

Tapped September 1st, 2018
Among Temple’s regular lineup of keg only releases is the brewery’s IPA – a constantly shifting beer that the brewers alter each time the previous batch is sold through and takes the shape of whatever they feel its next iteration should be. And, as spring 2018 rolled in, Temple’s head brewer Paul Cook decided it was time for a Red IPA. It’s a beer that pours a deep red and punches out aromas of tropical fruit – guava and passionfruit – plus a strong whack of pine and even some floral,… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.1%

Temple Brewing Midi

Tapped August 1st, 2018
They've got plenty of beers that make a feature of sessionability in the Temple lineup but, in mid 2018, they decided to add a beer that dipped into mid-strength territory. And that beer is Midi, one that may well transition into the core range over time. While the label talks about "citrus and fruity notes" from the use of classic US hops, it's more about the grainy side of things. Toasted, biscuity malts lead the way in a beer that's reasonably full-bodied with a mild bitterness and,… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength
ABV
3.5%

Temple Brewing Brewer's Choice Rye Lager

Tapped November 17th, 2017
Temple Brewing head brewer Glenn Harrison's parting gift to the Brunswick East operation before moving on is the fourth beer in the Brewer's Choice series he launched earlier in the year – one-off, draught only beers conceived by and ordered direct from the brewing team. You might expect a brewer to sign off with something extravagant – loaded to the eyeballs and beyond with hops, aged in barrels or showcasing some unusual ingredients – but that's never been Glenn's way; sure, he's won an AIBA… Read more
Style
Rye Lager
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

Temple Brewery Bar

Temple Brewing Brewer's Choice: Astra AXPA & Bold New World & Half Time

Tapped August 31st, 2017
Brewer's Choice is a new series of one-off, small batch, draught only releases from Temple. The brewers will decide what they want to brew and any venues wanting the beers on tap go straight to the brewing team – well, head brewer Glenn Harrison to be precise – to order them. From the brewer's heads, through their brewery and direct to you, so to speak. They're launching the series with three beers, one of which introduces a new acronym to the local beer world. The Astra AXPA is an "Australian… Read more
Style
XPA & Imperial Stout & Session IPA
ABV
4.8% & 9.4% & 3.8%

Temple Brewing Under The Cover Of Darkness

Tapped May 18th, 2017
What happens when the brewers see a spare tank and feel like brewing something different? According to the team at Temple, they brew a new beer and don’t tell anyone. Apparently: "The GM doesn’t need to know. The accounts people don’t need to know. The sales team, they'll be fine." So, "under the cover of darkness", that's what the brewers did. The beer, which they're tapping at the brewery during Good Beer Week, sits somewhere between English and American brown ales. Repping… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery

Other venues TBC

Temple Brewing One Time Double IPA

Tapped December 8th, 2016
Considering Temple head brewer Glenn Harrison's personal preferences lie elsewhere – he most enjoys the challenge of brewing good pilsners and stouts (and drinking them) – he's a pretty dab hand when it comes to brewing hoppy beers. Temple's Anytime Pale (back when it was tagged an IPA) won an Australian International Beer Awards trophy and this double IPA is finding favour among hop heads. It debuted last year as a once-a-year brew and has returned this year unchanged. So you might ask why… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
7.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery

Others TBC

Temple Brewing Bold New World & ESB

Tapped May 20th, 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
ABV
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 May 8th, 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
ABV
4.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery

Royal Mail Dunkeld

Others TBC

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Temple Brewing Powerstance Pilsner

Tapped March 21st, 2016
Powerstance Pilsner is a beer conceived through the slightly unusual process of two head brewers on either sides of the planet working through a recipe over the phone. Temple’s then head brewer Glenn Harrison had met the then head brewer at Weihenstephan, Frank Peifer, during a past Good Beer Week and, when Glenn decided he wanted a traditionally minded pilsner, he sought some guidance from Frank. The name is inspired by the manner Glenn uses when addressing an audience: legs apart beyond shoulder… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Available relatively widely in good bars and bottleshops

Temple Brewing Onetime Double IPA

Tapped December 12th, 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
ABV
7.8%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

Launched at Temple Brewing on December 12

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East Coast Brewers Union Exile IPA

Tapped July 21st, 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
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

Temple Brewery Bar

Illawarra Brewery Bar

More to follow

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Temple Brewing / Royal Mail Hotel Season's Harvest

Tapped May 6th, 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
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Temple Brewing

Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Temple Brewing Hefeweizen

Tapped September 24th, 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 July 11th, 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
ABV
6.1%
Bitterness
19 IBU
Stockists

Temple

Temple New World Order Stout & Rye Hard IPA

Tapped May 8th, 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
ABV
6.5% / 6.2%

Temple Resurrection Pilsner

Tapped November 23rd, 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
ABV
5.6%
Stockists

Temple

Temple Monsoon Ginger Beer

Tapped February 23rd, 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
ABV
3.5%

Temple Scarlet Sour

Tapped November 9th, 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
ABV
4.0%
Stockists

Temple

Others TBC

Temple Oatmeal Stout

Tapped August 10th, 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
ABV
5.9%
Stockists

Temple

Others to follow

The People's Pint: Double Hoptendre

Tapped May 15th, 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 May 4th, 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
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Temple

And more to follow at a series of launches soon

Temple Midnight IPA (Retired)

Tapped January 13th, 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
ABV
7.0%
Bitterness
77 IBU
Stockists

Temple Brewery

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