Bodriggy Brewing Co

Pete Walsh and the team behind Bodriggy Brewing Co aren’t phased by big projects. Standing in their future 1500 square metre brewpub in early 2017 – at the time filled with cars from neighbouring businesses using it as parking space – Pete rattled off the plans for the Abbotsford building. Brewhouse over here, beer garden here, rooftop garden bar up there.

And, as of August 2019, the project is reality – well, most of it anyway, with the brewery in place at the rear cranking out beers and the main venue finally able to welcome customers. It might have taken longer than planned but we're pretty sure you'll find it worth the wait: the reimagined former Auto LP conversion warehouse is one of the most spectacular brewery venues you'll find anywhere in Australia.

It’s licensed to fit 424 people, is filled with booths, tables, a bar that pours beer (some directly from four towering serving tanks) and an array of other drinks, plus a full kitchen. And the attention to detail is breathtaking.

Determined to hold onto the building's heritage, the team salvaged old lights, reused materials when they could, and hired someone Pete calls a “guru” metal worker to design parts of the bar from scrap. Just take a look at the metalwork overhead or the sliding doors leading to the brewery and it's quickly apparent it's a labour of love – and less of a surprise, perhaps, that it's opened a few months later than planned.

When the final pieces are in place, there will be 62 taps all up once the upstairs function space is finished and more than 20 drinks on tap, including wines from Hop Nation and Garage Project. Cocktails and spirits are a big focus, as the nigh on ceiling high back bar makes clear, with a tequila and mezcal range to match the food coming out of the kitchen.

Going back to the beginning, much like the way in which the name of Dr Morse was influenced by a mural discovered on a wall of their new venue while it was under construction, Bodriggy draws its name from the building it inhabits too. While the lettering above the entrance offers up its former life as an auto service centre, it once served as a stonemasons villa, known as Bodriggy Villa, and that name can still be found on the roof of the building. It seemed fitting to follow the approach taken before them and name their new brewery after a piece of history too, particularly as a desire to celebrate the local community runs through everything they do.

Take as an example Speccie Juice, the session IPA brewed with inner north neighbours The Old Bar and its football team The Unicorns. It’s the kind of collaboration that fits with Pete’s priority that Bodriggy needs to be first and foremost an authentic Abbotsford space where anyone is welcome, one that just so happens to make its own beer. Take a look at the Speccy Juice cans and you'll find their blazed mascot meandering past all manner of local references.

In a city with so many emerging breweries, having a strong connection to the community around you seems to be evermore important. That's clearly the case for Bodriggy and, while it's taken them a while longer to open their doors than planned, that they're a welcome addition to the fast-growing craft beer hub of inner north Melbourne is in no doubt.

Name
Bodriggy Brewing Co
Address

245 Johnston Street
Abbotsford
VIC 3067

Phone
(03) 9417 2293
Open Hours

From 11.30am daily

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Bodriggy Brewing Co Regulars

Bodriggy Brewing Utropia Pale Ale

Tapped November 22nd, 2019
For Thomas More, Utopia was a land without lawyers, private ownership and where any religious person could live free and well. Unfortunately for Thomas More, he didn’t live in his imagined state and, less than two decades after publishing his political manifest, Henry VIII came for his head when More the Catholic wouldn’t get on board with the Protestant Reformation. For Bodriggy, Utopia looks a little more like a world plastered in tropical hops and good times. It’s a sensation the brewery… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%
Stockists

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Bodriggy Brewing Staunch Pilsner

Tapped August 15th, 2018
Staunch Pilsner is Bodriggy’s first release in what the Abbotsford brewery is calling its Pub Series; beers where it seems both the recipe and the can artwork is designed to just feel right when they are cracked over the bar at any number of classic old Melbourne watering holes. Staunch eschews the look of many of Bodriggy’s other tinnies, which can more closely resemble a shoegaze album sleeve than a beer label, and is instead wrapped in mostly black from top to bottom. Even the psychedelic… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.3%

Bodriggy Brewing Cosmic Microwave NEIPA

Tapped July 19th, 2018
Originally launched in May 2018 during Good Beer Week, Cosmic Microwave has returned. This time around, the New England IPA has been given a much wider release, while also being among the first Bodriggy beers brewed at their newly operational Abbotsford brewery. Dressed in a can that invokes images of the history of the universe, its future and a journey beyond reality – not to mention the Wayne Coyne artwork that adorns Flaming Lips releases – the beer is a trip into the haze. Pouring a creamy… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%

Bodriggy Brewing Speccy Juice IPA

Central to the mission at Bodriggy is to be part of and celebrate the community in which the brewery sits. Thus collaborations are likely to play a regular role, collaborations such as this one with Melbourne icon, the Old Bar. Or, more specifically, its pub footy team, The Unicorns. Adorned with a rainbow unicorn and footy jargon aplenty, not least its name, it delivers much within its 3.8 percent ABV: punchy tropical hop aromas with grapefruit to the fore, potent hop flavours and a gripping, resinous… Read more
Style
Session IPA
ABV
3.5%

Bodriggy Brewing Co Specials

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol.5

Tapped November 8th, 2019
Now that Bodriggy have opened their doors to the public, they’ve got a lot of taps to keep full for the hordes of people keen to enjoy the brewery's Abbotsford home. One unfortunate consequence of opening a bustling brewpub that struck fear into the heart of this writer is that it might spell an end to one of my favourite series, Space Milk. The lactose-laced sours have previously welcomed the likes of almond, cayenne pepper, marigold and coffee skins into their lives in a way that works surprisingly… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
3.0%

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol. 4

Tapped June 6th, 2019
To date, Bodriggy’s Space Milk series has explored a list of ingredients not often traversed in brewing, with the likes of soursop, alphonso mango, cayenne pepper, wild Australian raspberries and coffee skins all added to a beer despite sounding more suited to the menu of a trendy café. For number four in the lineup of lactose sours, the Abbotsford brewery has gone for an Annie apricot, marigold and almond sour. Considering marigold is a flower used to make some margarines, it shouldn’t be surprising… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
3.0%

Bodriggy Brewing Blinker Dark Ale

Tapped May 8th, 2019
Bodriggy Brewing’s eyes appear set towards winter as the Abbotsford brewery releases the Blinker Dark Ale. The beer is inspired by the traditional dark ales of England, though it might be more accurate to say it’s inspired by the pubs those beers are enjoyed in as, in the brewers' words, Blinker is “as comfortable by the pint at the pub as it is by the fireplace paired with a hearty meal.” While it’s not quite as luscious or sweet as many stouts out there, there is a clear rich chocolate… Read more
Style
Dark Ale
ABV
5.2%

Bodriggy Brewing Twin Harvest: Sun Buzz & Zooter Doozy

Tapped April 9th, 2019
March and April might be two months that are inherently connected with picking hops in the Southern Hemisphere's beer world but, for winemakers, it’s also the tailend of their own harvest. It’s a fact Bodriggy has decided to showcase through their Twin Harvest releases, featuring two colourful 500ml tinnies filled with liquids brewed with hops straight from the bine and grapes right off the vine. The first of those is Sun Buzz, featuring some 60kg of Hop Product Australia’s Enigma hops, shipped… Read more
Style
Harvest Beers
ABV
5.4% & 5.1%

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol. 3

Tapped March 15th, 2019
Bodriggy’s Space Milk series is now a trilogy with the release of a lactose sour that might feature the Abbotsford brewery's most unusual collection of ingredients yet. Following on from the lactose-sour-pineapple-lime-cayenne pepper offering, Bodriggy has returned with a Cashmere-hopped soursop, alphonso mango sour. Popular in Central and South America, soursop is a sweet fruit often used in juices and is variously described as being akin to sweet pineapple, strawberry, citrus and smooth banana.… Read more
Style
Lactose Fruit Sour
ABV
3.0%

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol. 2

Tapped January 23rd, 2019
Bodriggy’s Space Milk cans promise to offer a glimpse into the expanse beyond our own planet, while the beers that sit inside set out on a journey into the world of lactose-laced sour beers. The first in the series showcased cascara, the dried skins of coffee cherries, and wild Australian raspberries and here Volume 2 has combined what is quite possibly an even more disparate collection of flavours. Pineapple and lime may sound normal enough for an Australian mid-strength sour. But add in some… Read more
Style
Fruited, Spiced Cream Sour
ABV
3.0%

Bodriggy Brewing Space Milk Vol. 1

Tapped October 15th, 2018
Now that Bodriggy’s brewery is firing on all cylinders we can expect to see a steady release of new and quirky tinnie releases leaving Abbotsford. Among them is a new series going under the Space Milk banner that will feature a rotating range of lactose-laced sour beers. Volume 1 is a kettle soured wheat ale in which the lactose is joined by cascara (the dried skins of coffee cherries) and wild Australian raspberries. That combination makes for a beer that pours a pinkish-orange hue with a soft… Read more
Style
Fruit Cream Sour
ABV
3.0%
Stockists

And select good beer outlets in Victoria

Bodriggy Brewing Pear & Juniper Radler

Tapped December 11th, 2017
You'd have needed one pretty high-powered crystal ball to accurately predict the beer styles that would take off in the Australian beer scene over the past five years. When the number of mangoes per litre or an exhaustive list of the yeast strains and bacteria added during the brewing process have become part of the standard way of things, you know we're not in Kansas anymore. Some of the styles that have come to the fore have roots in Germany – think Berliner Weisse and gose – and now (with… Read more
Style
Pear & Juniper Radler
Stockists

Dr Morse

And select good beer outlets across Melbourne

Bodriggy Brewing & The Mill Roggenbier

Tapped October 20th, 2017
Bodriggy and The Mill are two of the younger brewing operations to call inner Melbourne home. Indeed, the former is still in the process of building its home in a large warehouse in Abbotsford, while the latter only opened its doors in Collingwood for the first time earlier this year. The two got together recently to celebrate their near neighbourly-ness and shared youth in a beer. And they did it with a roggenbier. "A roggenbier?" you cry. Yes, a roggenbier, a style with origins in Germany… Read more
Style
Roggenbier
ABV
5.7%
Stockists

The Mill Brewery

Dr Morse

The Mill

Dr Morse

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Bodriggy Brewing Gongim Red IPA

Tapped May 17th, 2017
Bodriggy, like many other brewing companies, has new beers out for Good Beer Week. Unlike most, they're putting both of theirs into cans too as part of an ongoing process to switch the entire range to tinnies over the coming weeks. One of the two is Gongim, as red IPA that's their biggest beer yet, a collaboration with the Tramway Hotel and also a reference to the "Hey Hey, It's Saturday" scene in The Castle. While there's some caramel and sweet biscuity malt flavours in the mix of this… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.2%
Stockists

Public Brewery

And select good beer stockists in VIC

Bodriggy Brewing Blinker Oatmeal Stout

Tapped May 17th, 2017
Bodriggy continues its embrace of the local Melbourne beer and bar community via this collaboration with Collingwood venue Nighthawks. Alongside their near neighbours they concocted Blinker to be launched on May 17 at Nighthawks as part of a Good Beer Week event screening the documentary A Band Called Death about Detroit's punk pioneers. So, how do you honour a punk band in beer? Something dark would seem to fit the bill and that's what you have here: an oatmeal stout also available in cans complete… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
Stockists

Public Brewery

And select beer outlets around VIC

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Bodriggy Brewing Bruno Bitter (Retired)

Tapped March 29th, 2017
Bodriggy Brewing will, at some point, have a brewery inside the building that housed Victoria's first automatic carwash and what was at one stage the largest Auto LP conversion business in Australia. "So what?" you may well ask. Well, the new lessees of the space across the road from their bar, Dr Morse, are keen to pay homage to the building and its former inhabitants. One of those was Bruno, a man who emigrated to Australia from Italy in the 1950s, once invented a device that powered… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
4.5%

Bodriggy Brewing & Frankie's Pineapple Ale

Tapped March 7th, 2017
Sydney CBD late night hangout Frankie's has forged quite a relationship with the craft brewers of the country, both in terms of leading them astray during beer festivals like an irresistible Pied Piper for (pretend) grownups and when it comes to hopping into bed with them for collaborations. Often, the two come hand in hand, with said collaborations created for special events during beer festivals. But not this time. Here, it was a case of the guys at Bodriggy and Frankie's / Hubert's being good… Read more
Style
Pineapple Cream Ale
ABV
4.5%
Stockists

Dr Morse

Jimmy's Tap & Barrel

Frankie's By The Slice

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Bodriggy Brewing Chuckaboo (Retired)

The first Bodriggy beer to start appearing on taps – or, more accurately, peering from above them via the brewing company's distinctive decals – was the pink jacketed Chuckaboo. And it isn't the sort of beer too many breweries will have chosen as a lead product before them: a white IPA. For those unfamiliar with such a style, it's one in which the spicy, citrusy characteristics of a witbier yeast are combined with the sort of heavy hopping regime found in an IPA. They can often be quite a mouthful,… Read more
Style
White IPA
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
51 IBU
Stockists

Dr Morse

Jimmys Tap and Barrel

And select Victorian outlets

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Bodriggy Brewing Highbinder (Retired)

Where, for a while, it was golden and summer ales doing the heavy lifting as the Australian craft beer industry drew in new drinkers, that baton has since passed to pale ales, presumably as more and more drinkers have become accustomed to more hop character, body and bitterness in their beers. It's a pattern that follows that of the US, which is where Highbinder very much takes its inspiration. The second beer in Bodriggy's core range is an American pale ale and one that ticks the boxes you expect… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
39 IBU
Awards

Best In Show – Royal Adelaide Beer Show 2017

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