Bad Shepherd

It takes a particular set of skills – and a lot of hard work – to set up a brewery and restaurant in a spot very few beer people would have visited – or indeed had cause to visit – and then have people lining up for tables in the first week. But for anyone who makes the trip to Cheltenham brewpub Bad Shepherd it’s quite clear this is a project that was planned to perfection, right down to the recycled pallet walls dotted around the dining room.

Brewer Dereck Hales, along with his wife and venue manager Diti, have created a space that Cheltenham was clearly crying out for, with their menu of American barbeque food and finely curated beer list both proving popular with local businesses and those from further afield from its first days in November 2015.

The beer list makes a feature of Bad Shepherd’s own creations, including a luscious Hazelnut Brown and an American style Pale Ale – Dereck's "baby" that he's been perfecting since his earliest home brewing days. But, as well as sampling your way through Bad Shepherd’s wares, patrons can also make the most of the two taps dedicated to their in-house brewing buddy Wolf of the Willows, as well as guest taps showcasing the best of Victoria. That tap list rotates often, with a focus on pouring beers from some of the breweries that helped Dereck in his fledgling brewing days, including Mornington Peninsula Brewery where Dereck trained to be a brewer.

A good tap list alone doesn't make a brewpub, however; it needs a food menu to match, and on that point Bad Shepherd delivers. In developing the venue, Dereck and Diti wanted to create a space that matched their own style of entertaining at their home. That is: great beer on tap and American style comfort food, including smoked meats from their own smoker like pulled pork, brisket, and plenty of slaw. For them, comfort food should be flavourful, hearty, honest and simple. And, of course, perfectly matched with a beer.

Weekday menus include a selection of Reuben style sandwiches, perfect for the office crowd fitting in a quick break. For those with more time on their side, pulled pork rolls, smoked ribs, and sides such as jalapeño poppers or chilli cheese fries should do the trick.

To ensure the venue holds onto that feel of simple homeliness, many of the brewpub’s furniture and fittings are recycled, and staff are more than happy to have a yarn with any of the diners perched along the front of the bar.

With clientele going beyond beer lovers searching out new brews to encompass nearby office workers ducking in to grab a sandwich for lunch and families chatting over the hubbub of happy children, Bad Shepherd has created something of a community hub for Cheltenham. And, from the off, the suburb seems to be more than happy to be led into temptation.

Kerry McBride

Name
Bad Shepherd
Address

386 Reserve Road
Cheltenham
VIC 3192

Phone
(03) 8555 3175
Website
Regular events

Wed: 5.30pm to 7.30pm is 50c wings
Thurs from 7pm: Trivia with Funky Bunch

Hours

Mon & Tues: 4.30pm onwards
Wed to Thurs: midday to 11pm
Fri & Sat: midday to midnight
Sunday: midday to 8pm

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Bad Shepherd Regulars

Bad Shepherd Victoria Pale Ale

Tapped November 14th, 2018
They've already got the Reserve Road Draught in their lineup as a nod to their locale and now the team at Bad Shepherd has come up with a new beer that cements their position as proud Victorians. The Victoria Pale Ale, packed in cans featuring the state's navy blue livery and the slogan: "GROWN HERE MADE HERE", is brewed with malt from Barrett Burston in Geelong, Vic Secret and Topaz hops from Hop Product Australia’s Rostrevor farm in the High Country and water from Melbourne. But where… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
25 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Reserve Road Draught

Tapped November 29th, 2017
On any visit to Bad Shepherd's brewpub in Cheltenham, you won't be short of beers to pick from; even without venturing into the Wolf Of The Willows or guest beers section of the tap list, the in-house offerings are likely to cover hops, fruit, something dark and something high in alcohol. But they decided they wanted to add something at ground level, a true session beer, something for locals for whom the brewpub might be a first brush with the wide world of craft beer. So they came up with Reserve… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.2%

Bad Shepherd Hazelnut Brown

Tapped December 16th, 2015
Bad Shepherd's Hazelnut Brown is a beer worthy of the tag luscious. It's not surprising when you consider that it's a brown ale that's loaded up with hazelnuts, hazelnut extract, vanilla and a splash of Frangelico for good measure. It pours a lovely clear mahogany colour, with the impact of the chocolate malts and hazelnut additions hugely apparent on the nose. Yet, while they're there in abundance to taste too and there's a creamy, nutty perfume that lingers long, the beer wraps up remarkably dry… Read more
Style
Hazelnut Brown Ale
ABV
5.9%

Bad Shepherd American Pale Ale

Tapped December 16th, 2015
The American Pale Ale is head brewer Dereck Hales' baby, the beer he's brewed and refined more than any other as a home brewer. He describes it as a "big, bold, hoppy take on the classic American pale ale" and hasn't held back on the hop profile, layering Cascade, Columbus, Galaxy, Mosaic and Crystal upon each other. The combo leads to a subtle smorgasbord of hop aromas – woody, piney, herbal, citrus and lemon – within a beer that manages to be both relatively full of body yet light… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.2%

Bad Shepherd California Lager

Tapped December 15th, 2015
Something of a hybrid from Bad Shepherd here as they delve into American brewing's past and give it a contemporary Aussie twist. The California Lager is their take on the California gold rush steam beers, which were lagers fermented at ale temperatures. Theirs features a type of pale ale malt and Cluster hops used in the 19th century, as well as the woody Northern Brewer hop variety, Cascade and Ella from Tasmania. The resulting beer is one that pours a pretty deep golden and displays a range of… Read more
Style
Steam Beer
ABV
4.7%

Bad Shepherd Tiny IPA

Tapped December 15th, 2015
Brewer's notes: We believe that low ABV beers don’t need to be low on flavour. This is a beer you can sit on all day. Stonefruit aromas are abundant from the all Australian hops but it’s backed up by a firm maltiness that lingers through a lightly bitter dry finish. It’s an easy drinking, smashable beer that’s perfect to enjoy after a hard day’s work. In fact, we love sitting back on a hot summer day kicking a few ‘tinys’ back.… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
3.5%
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Bad Shepherd Brewpub

Bad Shepherd Specials

Bad Shepherd Grapefruit IPA

Tapped November 14th, 2018
The IPA series continues apace at Bad Shepherd, where the likes of The Almighty IIPA and the aromatic-as-anything Citrus & Cedar IPA are now joined by this Grapefruit IPA to which fruit rather than fruit extract was added alongside a selection of hops known for their citrusy qualities. It's a hazy copper pour and one that heads towards the more bitter, pithy, tangy side of grapefruit; certainly, it's of a different ilk to some fruit IPAs that present more as a blend between IPA and fruit juice.… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
5.8%

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 7: Passionfruit Sour

Tapped September 28th, 2018
For the seventh in their Brew Crew Series, in which someone outside the brewing team is invited to create a beer, Bad Shepherd turned to Diti "The Brand Manager". It's a title that does Diti something of a disservice as she's actually the co-founder of the Cheltenham brewpub as well as mother to the next generation of Bad Shepherd. And, it seems, she's also a fan of fruity kettle sours. This one offers up a hint of lactic acid on the nose and delivers a gentle tang too, but equally has… Read more
Style
Passionfruit Sour
ABV
4.3%
Bitterness
8.5 IBU

Bad Shepherd Almighty IIPA 2018

Tapped August 30th, 2018
You can never be sure which beer in a brewery's armoury is going to become the one beer lovers will take most to their hearts (although it seems barrel aged beers or high ABV hop monsters stand a good chance). For Cheltenham's Bad Shepherd, while the Hazelnut Brown caught eyes early on, there's a good argument for it being this beer, its once-a-year imperial IPA that even gets its own special launch day at the brewpub. There's good reason for its cachet too, as it's a beer that's as tightly wound… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.2%
Bitterness
100 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 6: Sour Dark Saison

Tapped July 13th, 2018
We’d always assumed the idea behind the Brew Crew Series at Bad Shepherd was to allow team members outside the brewery to have a crack at designing a beer. But, clearly, they like to play fast and loose with the rules at Bad Shepherd as, for number six, they’ve invited one of the brewers, Casey, to take up the reins. Whatever the background to the beer, they’re reins he’s grabbed with both hands, creating a funky amalgam tagged a Sour Dark Saison. It's a dark brown, cola like pour in which… Read more
Style
Sour Dark Saison
ABV
6.2%

Bad Shepherd Citrus & Cedar American IPA

Tapped June 12th, 2018
When conceiving a beer for the 2018 GABS Festival Container Bars, Bad Shepherd resisted the temptation to do anything particularly crazy and instead decided to use it to launch a new IPA series. The launch beer is Citrus & Cedar and will be followed by a new IPA in cans and kegs every three months. In creating it, they opted for a quintet of hop varieties known for their citrusy or piny, woody characters (or both at the same time) but didn't stop there. The beer was also fermented with orange… Read more
Style
Citrus & Cedar IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
60 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Brewpub

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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 5: Pineapple Sour

Tapped March 2nd, 2018
The Brew Crew Series at Bad Shepherd is the Cheltenham operation's way of getting everyone on the staff involved in the brewery. And, as the series hits number 5, it's made its way into the office. There you find "office guru" Tracey whose instruction was: "Make me a beer that doesn't taste like beer." What did instruction turn into? A pineapple sour ale that lands somewhere between a soft drink and a Margarita without the salt and tequila kick. It started out as a kettle soured… Read more
Style
Pineapple Sour Ale
ABV
3.5%
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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 4: Amber Rye Ale

Tapped October 16th, 2017
The Brew Crew Series is the place where Bad Shepherd's non-brewing staff get to play around in the brewery. And, for beer number four in the series, the baton was passed to chef Jen. When pairing beer with food, you're generally going to find more room to manoeuvre with malt or yeast driven beers than anything loaded up with hop bitterness and here Jen has plumped for the former in creating an amber ale enlivened with a dose of spicy rye. The tasting notes say it's "loosely" based on an… Read more
Style
Rye Amber Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
40 IBU
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Bad Shepherd The Almighty 2017

Tapped August 29th, 2017
Winter 2016 saw Bad Shepherd debut its biggest beer to date. A year on, The Almighty is no longer their booziest beer – that title now lies with the Russian Imperial Stout released earlier in the year – but we imagine this returning imperial IPA is one that will have had plenty of the brewpub's fans licking their lips with anticipation. Stats wise, it's the same beer: 9.2 percent ABV and no less than a palate-pushing 100 IBU [International Bitterness Units], but we pick up some stone fruit characters… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.2%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Bad Shepherd Brewpub

Bad Shepherd Russian Imperial Stout 2017

Tapped May 29th, 2017
Why release one big, dark, boozy beer for winter when you can release two? That seems to be the approach at Bad Shepherd, where they're embracing all things intensely malty as the mercury plummets – releasing this Russian Imperial Stout at the same time as their gold medal-winning Baltic Porter, thus adding further to the darkness offered by the Hazelnut Brown Ale in the core lineup and regular winter seasonal Oatmeal Stout. This, however, is the biggest of the lot, tipping the scales at just over… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
10.1%
Bitterness
72 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 3: Baltic Porter

Tapped May 26th, 2017
The 2017 Australian International Beer Awards proved to be a great night for the Bad Shepherd team with the Cheltenham brewpub's name flashing up on the big screen showing finalists in each category more than once. One such appearance was for its Baltic Porter, which in draught form took out the only gold in the Baltic Porter character. It's now out in bottles too as the third in the Brew Crew Series in which non-brewing members get to help design a beer. This time around it was the turn of Bigsi,… Read more
Style
Spiced Baltic Porter
ABV
8.1%
Bitterness
38 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 2: SMASH IPA

Tapped March 14th, 2017
There's plenty to be said about this beer. For a start, it's the second beer in Bad Shepherd's Brew Crew Series, which sees them invite a staff member who isn't a brewer to help design a beer; the first was barman Dan's ESB, with Dan followed into the hot seat by sales guy Scotty "Beardface" Thomson. It's also a SMaSH beer – single malt and single hop. And that single malt has its own story as the one chosen is Schooner, a barley variety grown and malted in the Riverina region of New… Read more
Style
Australian IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

The Public Brewery

And select good beer outlets in Victoria

Bad Shepherd Double Choc Hazelnut Brown

Tapped November 30th, 2016
It may have been one of Bad Shepherd founder and head brewer Dereck Hales' favourites from his recipe collection, but it's doubtful he expected his Hazelnut Brown to be such a hit. Yet its combination of luscious hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla and Frangelico has provided not just a surprise punter favourite but one of the brewpub's biggest sellers out in the wider world. So, when it came to designing a beer with which to mark reaching one year in business, it was back to the Hazelnut Brown they turned. A… Read more
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Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 1: ESB

Tapped October 23rd, 2016
It's not unusual for brewpub operations to produce a wide range of beers in a short space of time; the ability to do so is often part of the appeal for the people behind them. It isn't that common to see a brewpub also package so many of its beers and send them into the wider world. But Cheltenham's Bad Shepherd – not quite yet a year old – has already popped around a dozen different beers into bottles and the concept behind this one suggests there will be many more to follow. It's the first… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
4.9%
Bitterness
34 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Brewery

The Public Brewery, Croydon

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Bad Shepherd The Almighty IIPA

Tapped September 2nd, 2016
With a "Tiny IPA", American Pale Ale and New World IPA in its lineup, Cheltenham brewpub Bad Shepherd was already offering plenty for the hopheads out there. But clearly it wasn't enough to satisfy co-owner and head brewer Dereck Hales (a man whose Twitter handle includes the word hophead). So he's decided to add an imperial IPA just to be safe. The Almighty is his latest seasonal and one that comes with suitably eye-catching packaging: there's a bold gold lightning bolt slashed across… Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
ABV
9.2%
Bitterness
100 IBU
Stockists

Bad Shepherd Brewpub

The Public Brewery, Croydon

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Bad Shepherd IPA

Tapped July 13th, 2016
The new releases keep on rolling out of Bad Shepherd's Cheltenham brewpub, with this one set to become part of the core range too. It gives the Tiny IPA and American Pale already on the roster a big brother to look up to: a 6.8 percent ABV New World IPA that plucks its hops from near and far. There's Aussies Vic Secret and Ella, Americans Columbus and Simcoe, Kiwi Moutere (formerly Brooklyn) and new French variety Barbe Rouge too. And those who know something about hops will know there's a few varieties… Read more
Style
New World IPA
ABV
6.8%
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Bad Shepherd Brewery

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Bad Shepherd Oatmeal Stout

Tapped April 16th, 2016
They're certainly not resting on their laurels at Cheltenham's Bad Shepherd. Despite only opening their brewpub late last year and pulling in big crowds (and a great review in Good Food) since, they keep banging out the limited releases. Hot on the heels of the fine recent Red IPA comes a beer with the cooler months on its mind. The Oatmeal Stout is their take on traditional English beers of the style and thus comes with lower carbonation than you expect in most Aussie brewed beers, as well as some… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.5%
Bitterness
32 IBU
Stockists

Bad Shepherd Brewpub

The Public Brewery

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Bad Shepherd Red IPA

Tapped March 27th, 2016
They're wasting little time making a mark on the Melbourne market down at Bad Shepherd. The Cheltenham brewpub has been pulling crowds since opening late last year (when we discovered our last cab driver lived Bayside and told him to check it out, it turned out he'd already been with his family). Already, limited release number two is here. Following the Raspberry Wheat comes a second beer of a red hue, albeit not quite as fluorescent as its predecessor. The Red IPA is another beer that suggests… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
58 IBU
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Bad Shepherd Raspberry Wheat

Tapped January 6th, 2016
The first seasonal release from Cheltenham's new brewpub Bad Shepherd is a suitably summery affair. It's a wheat beer – the sort of light, fruity, zesty beer suited to the hotter weather anyway – that's been enhanced with the addition of 150kg of raspberry puree. Thus it pours red – "bright red" according to the brewery. Indeed, "so red that people sometimes try to spread it on their toast." He describes it as "slightly tart, with a creamy mouthfeel and a big fruity… Read more
Style
Raspberry Wheat Beer
ABV
4.6%
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