Burnley Brewing

Back when they were at university together, Neil Mills and Phil Gijsbers decided to start a café. It’s an unusual brewery origin story but, then again, Burnley Brewery is a little unusual.

In the years that followed, Phil started a few more cafés and Neil eventually ended up entering the world of beer via brewing equipment supplier Spark Breweries & Distilleries. Throughout this time, the two of them would still talk about starting a brewery together. The problem with their plan was that the timing – and the space – was never quite right.

Enter Renton Carlyle-Taylor, who was running Romulus & Remus and fancied a change; suddenly, serendipity was on their side. The Italian restaurant had spent years as a popular haunt at the easterly end of Bridge Road, that part of Richmond where nobody is quite sure whether or not it’s its own suburb. Admittedly, when Renton decided it was time for a change, he didn’t quite imagine installing a brewery in one corner but when Neil and Phil brought the idea to him he couldn’t say no.

So, late in 2017, Burnley Brewing was born, adding an extra dimension to Bridge Road’s good beer scene, while also bringing a new kind of brewery to Melbourne. In part, that was thanks to the brewery retaining some of what made the restaurant so appealing: the booths that had long been filled with families sharing antipasti remained a place for sharing, though now it wasn’t just food but tasting paddles being passed around; the space’s light shades remained, complemented by the north-facing windows that bring natural light flooding in and keep the brewery’s pastel logo shining bright.

Unsurprisingly, considering the new brewery’s former inhabitant, Burnley’s focus has been as much on good food as it has been on the beer pouring through the taps. With Romulus & Remus’ staff retained, the brewpub inherited a wealth of hospitality experience along with a menu based around house-made pastas and pizza. To that has been added more traditional pub fare – burgers, steaks and the kind of snacks that go hand in hand with beer.

But, of course, at its heart, it’s now a brewery; so bringing this all together is the beer – 14 taps of the stuff. They’re the work of brewer Michael Stanzel, a Melburnian who spent years learning to brew (and malt barley) in Germany before returning home. Indeed, his background as a brewer is a winning combination for an inner city Melbourne brewery: he’s just as comfortable brewing a Reinheitsgebot compliant lager as he is throwing fruit into a stout.

For the first few months of the brewery’s life, the beers were contract brewed as the Burnley crew waited for not one, but two brewhouses to arrive. The first of those to be installed was the brewery’s Dandenong South production site, while the second now sits in one corner of their Bridge Road home.

The production brewery focuses on the beers destined for wider release, with the first two of those a Pale Ale and Vienna Lager that are available in 440ml cans. Meanwhile, the smaller, 500 litre brewery sitting in corner of their Bridge Road home is in a state of constant flux, Michael having set himself the challenge of using it to come up with a new beer each and every week. When ready, the majority travel directly from bright tank to your beer glass.

Whether it’s thanks to the tanks that line the front windows, or the bar that wraps around the brewhouse, or even the staff’s willingness to recommend their favourite beer and food combination, there’s no doubt you’re in a brewery. It just happens to be one that feels a little more refined than most.

Name
Burnley Brewing
Address

648 Bridge Road
Richmond
VIC 3121

Phone
(03) 9429 3042
Open Hours

Midday to late

Tours

Brewery tours daily

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2-for-1 Beers Every Day at Burnley

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Burnley Brewing Regulars

Burnley Brewing Helles

Tapped September 12, 2019
When you return from a holiday that includes some of Europe’s top beer destinations, there’s a few beer styles you really want to sink your teeth into and, largely, it’s those packed with New World hops. But with Burnley Brewing about to launch into their month-long Oktoberfest celebrations, it turns out this beer writer’s first beery writings are instead on a style far closer to those enjoyed during the long hot last days of Germany’s summer. Helles is the Melbourne brewery’s recreation… Read more
Style
Munich Lager
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Burnley Brewing Summer Ale

Tapped December 21, 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, Burnley Brewing has looked to capture the season in a can by releasing a summer ale. It’s the brewery’s first beer to make it into 355ml cans too, rather than their standard 440ml affairs, the thinking there being, if you’re going to build a beer designed for enjoying in the sun, you want it to cool down quickly and disappear fast before the sun's rays have a chance to go to work. As for what’s inside, it’s a particularly pale drop in which, on the hop front, it… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.1%

Burnley Brewing Lager

When you spend your formative brewing years in Germany, at some point you’ll get to know you way around lager. And that’s the case with Burnley Brewing’s head brewer Michael Stanzel, who moved to Germany’s west to study brewing soon after finishing school. While Vienna sits some way to the south of Germany, this beer still showcases his knack for making clean lagers, including those with richer malt bodies. Lager was one of Burnley’s first beers to make it into cans, and it’s a refreshing… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
5.6%

Burnley Brewing Pale Ale

One of the two Burnley’s beers that first made it out into the world beyond their brewpub, this a beer that sits snugly in into the world of modern pales. Its light malt body allows the experience to be almost entirely about the hops, of which Cascade and Galaxy are front and centre. It pours a light, hazy straw colour, with tropical flavours of guava and passionfruit that leap from the beer. There’s also a touch of pine and some juiciness in there, but it’s not a beer that falls too deep… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
5.1%

Burnley Brewing Specials

Burnley Brewing & Carwyn Cellars Fruitful Discussion

Tapped October 9, 2020
They sure do like throwing fruit into beer at Burnley Brewing. 2020 has seen them release beers with mango, pineapple, peach, banana, blackcurrant, strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, passionfruit and blackberry and the last five of those were in just one sour. In October, the brewery teamed up with one of Melbourne’s top good beer haunts, Carwyn Cellars, and headed back into the fields for Fruitful Discussion, a triple-fruited imperial Berliner Weisse. Those three fruits are raspberry, blueberry… Read more
Style
Imperial Berliner Weisse
ABV
7.0%

Burnley Brewing Take It Ezaa Mango & Pineapple Lager

Tapped October 2, 2020
Just what would Michael Stanzel’s former teachers think of him now? There they are, the German brewers who taught him the intricacies involved in brewing subtle, crisp, classic lagers. And here he is, head brewer at Burnley Brewing and launching a lager series in a pastel-coloured can, complete with a pun and not one but two tropical fruits thrown in. German Purity Law be damned. That’s not to say Take It Ezaa isn’t still grounded in brewing tradition, for the mango and pineapple lager is… Read more
Style
Mango Pineapple Lager
ABV
5%

Burnley Brewing Radler

Tapped September 23, 2020
As much as Germany is responsible for styling much of the beer we drink today, there are beers from the country's traditions that still seem to escape modern Australian tastes. German sours like the Berliner Weisse and gose might be everywhere (sure, an imperial one filled with passionfruit purée might be a long way from those found Goslar) but good luck trying to find a hefeweizen - as we explored in our tenth birthday coverage here. Radler, the beer and lemonade hybrid, is another that’s rarely… Read more
Style
Radler
ABV
2.4%

Burnley Brewing Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped September 17, 2020
Every brewery should have a barrel program. That’s not business advice, rather just personal preference. Burnley Brewing have welcomed theirs into the world with the Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout, a 9.8 percent ABV jet black beer that spent six months – or the length of two lockdowns, as us Melburnians would say – in American whiskey barrels ready for release in spring 2020. Along with its impenetrably dark colour and brown head, the aromas that leap off the beer jump from roasted espresso… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
ABV
9.8%

A Local Beer & Burnley Brewing Fruits Of Our Labour: Banana Bread Brown Ale

Tapped September 3, 2020
Melbourne-based A Local Beer have made it their mission to help ensure less food is wasted and more goes to people who need it, and the brewing company’s collaboration with Burnley Brewing takes that philosophy a little further. The Fruits Of Our Labour series takes food otherwise destined for landfill and creates a beer from it, and through A Local Beer’s partnership with SecondBite, each four-pack sold provides a meal to someone in need. The first release in that series is Banana Bread Brown… Read more
Style
Banana Bread Brown Ale
ABV
5.8%

Burnley Brewing NEIPA Re-Loaded

Tapped September 2, 2020
Burnley Brewing first canned their NEIPA in March and, like The Matrix, they’re back with a sequel in NEIPA Re-Loaded. But unlike that movie sequel there’s no confusing plot lines, lengthy exposition or biblical references. Instead, it's just the simple double act of Citra and Mosaic hops, plus oats and wheat in the malt profile to add to the beer's mouthfeel. The colourful cans might look like a Rainbow Paddle Pop but fortunately you won't find caramel flavours lying within at all (turns out… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.8%

Burnley Brewing Grapefruit IPA

Tapped August 24, 2020
The team at Burnley have ramped up their can releases since March and Melbourne’s second lockdown only seems to have seen them push the pedal closer to the metal. As spring approaches (not that you'd know it from the weather in their hometown) the roster grows once more in the shape of the orange tin and orange-tinged Grapefruit IPA; a West Coast style of IPA with a citrus peel twist. Fans of the brewery’s recently canned IPA, The Flex, will find much to love about this beer as it maintains… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Burnley Brewing Smoked IPA

Tapped August 6, 2020
Back when Melburnians were still allowed to gather socially – back in 2019, which at the time seemed like a pretty shitty year on a global scale but now looks like the Garden of Eden pre-snake – East of Everything asked brewers to make a beer to be matched with an album for their Good Beer Week event. The album Burnley Brewing chose was Half Mile Harvest by The Teskey Brothers, who, like Burnley’s head brewer Michael Stanzel and head of sales Chloe Hoiberg, hail from Warrandyte. To pair with… Read more
Style
Smoked IPA

Burnley Brewing Blackcurrant Gose

Tapped July 22, 2020
When Swedish punks Millencolin toured Australia in March 2019, the band’s frontman Nikola Šarcevic made sure to put down a few collaboration brews between performing sellout shows. Aside from being one of Sweden’s top musical exports, Nikola also runs Wizard Brewing and Mikrofonbryggeriet – and you can read more about that side of his colourful life here. In particular, Nikola is into brewing fruit-filled kettle sours, as he did with Old Wives Ales to create Sommar Sour, and hazy IPAs. When… Read more
Style
Blackcurrant Gose
ABV
4.6%

Burnley Brewing Peach Melba NEIPA & Dry Stout

Tapped July 10, 2020
Burnley Brewing have finished off one series of beers and welcomed winter with another limited release. There’s Peach Melba NEIPA, the fourth beer in the brewery’s collaboration with the podcasters at Brunswick Beer Collective called The Pie Round: four beers inspired by four pies. Technically, it’s a little more of an ice cream sundae than a pie but, given the Peach Melba is named after Australia’s legendary soprano, it seems a fitting way to close the curtain on the series. Brewed with… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Stout

Burnley Brewing The Flex IPA

Tapped June 12, 2020
Various iterations of a West Coast IPA have made frequent appearances on tap at Burnley’s brewpub since opening, with the beer shifting over time but sticking to a singular focus: big, bitter and packed with tropical hops. As the biggest beer to regularly pour there and aided by brewer Michael Stanzel's love of memes and social media phrases, it eventually took on the name The Flex. Now, midway through 2020, it's made its way into cans too. Though it does pour with a slightly hazy orange appearence,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.9%
Bitterness
52 IBU

Burnley Brewing x5 Fruits x1 Beer

Tapped May 8, 2020
It might look like the name of another Elon Musk and Grimes kid but x5 Fruits is instead Burnley Brewing’s latest limited release. It’s one that covers fairly familiar territory for the brewery too, where they've regularly featured heavy regimes of fruit and berries in beers pouring at their Richmond brewpub. But five fruits in one can is new territory, with the beer a Berliner Weisse and the five fruits strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, passionfruit and blackberry. It pours almost as purple… Read more
Style
Fruited Berliner Weisse
ABV
4.5%

Burnley Brewing Draught

Tapped April 17, 2020
Burnley Draught is a regular pour at their Richmond brewpub and, like many a draught, it’s a beer designed for drinkers used to the offerings from some of the country’s largest breweries. Or, perhaps, given head brewer Michael Stanzel’s German brewing education, it’s more for anyone who grew up drinking beer in the shadow of Cologne’s mighty cathedral. Like many of his beers, it’s a case of European tradition meets American hops, with the combination of Simcoe, Amarillo and Mosaic providing… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
22 IBU

Burnley Brewing NEIPA

Tapped March 13, 2020
They might have kept their limited release tinnies to a minimum during their first couple of years but, as 2020 is showing, we can expect a busier schedule from Burnley in the near future. Already this year there’s been a Mandarin Gose drawn from the back catalogue of their Richmond brewpub and now the brewery is back with a straight-down-the-line NEIPA, a style that’s also been a regular at the brewpub. Is it hard to see through? Check. Soft, with thick mouthfeel? Check. Bitter? Uncheck. Using… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.5%

Burnley & Art vs Science vs Beer

Tapped March 13, 2020
The last leg of the seven BeerFests of 2019/20 took place in St Kilda on the last day of February which means the collab brewed between the festival, headliners Art vs Science, Burnley Brewing and the crew at Cryer Malt is now getting a wider release. Art vs Science vs Beer is a hazy session pale designed for a summer spent touring and comes in with a dance-ready and crowd-manageable ABV of just 4.2 percent. Pouring a pale straw, the beer features a blend of stone fruit, melon and pine along with… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%

Burnley Brewing Mandarin Gose

Tapped February 5, 2020
Anyone who’s visited Burnley Brewing’s Bridge Road home will know the brewery is no stranger to loading beers with fruit. Peaches, mangos, cucumbers, raspberries and juniper berries have all made it into their sours, IPAs and lagers and here, for their first limited release can of 2020, Burnley have dipped into the brewpub back catalogue and returned with Mandarin Gose. The mandarin-filled sour was hopped with a mix of Amarillo and Mandarina Bavaria to push the citrus flavours a little further… Read more
Style
Gose
ABV
4.2%

Burnley & Old Wives Ales Kiwi Lemon NEIPA

Tapped December 18, 2019
When two breweries make most of their beer in the same space, it can really only be a matter of time before ideas for a collaboration come to mind. That’s what happened for Burnley and Old Wives Ales anyway, with the latter regularly using the former’s Dandenong production site to make their beers. Kiwi Lemon NEIPA borrows from Old Wives Ales' love for hazy beers and the Burnley crew's affinity for throwing fruit additions into their beers. Some 400 kilos of golden kiwifruit feature in what ultimately… Read more
Style
NEIPA
ABV
6.2%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Burnley Brewing & Brunswick Beer Collective The Spring Slice

Tapped November 1, 2019
Earlier this year, Burnley Brewing and the podcasters at the Brunswick Beer Collective teamed up to launch the Pie Round, a four-part series that would see a different pie-inspired beer released each season. July’s beer was the very warming Apple Pie Imperial Stout and for spring and Halloween, the collaborators went for a pumpkin pie brown all. The Spring Slice saw Burnley’s chefs cook up some 68 kilos of butternut pumpkins that the brewing team threw in the kettle along with cinnamon, nutmeg,… Read more
Style
Pumpkin Pie Brown Ale
ABV
5.9%
Bitterness
10 IBU

Burnley Brewing & Mountain Distilling Botanical Sour

Tapped June 6, 2019
Presumably brought together by their shared names [Are you really leading off with that, Ziebell? – Editor], soon after meeting Burnley Brewing’s Michael Stanzel and Mountain Distilling’s Michael Harris decided to brew a beer together. Initially released at GABS 2019 and followed up with a wider can release, the collaboration the two Michaels landed on is an attempt to capture the distillery’s gin in a can. To do that, they decided on a Berliner Weisse hopped with Citra and brewed with the… Read more
Style
Botanical Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.5%
Stockists

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Burnley Brewing Pils

Tapped November 30, 2018
When Burnley’s head brewer, Michael Stanzel, was 22, he made the move to Germany to study brewing in the land of lager and hefe. And, if the second lager to join the brewery released in cans is anything to go by, it seems like he paid attention during those (presumably) exacting days learning about pilsners. Pils is a beer that – a little like the brewer himself – is built with traditional sensibilities but has at least one foot planted in the modern world. Made according to the Reinheitsgebot… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.5%

Burnley Brewing Nitro Coffee Brown

Tapped November 30, 2018
Burnley Brewing’s Coffee Brown cans may have been released as the brewery celebrated its first birthday but the beer has been a part of the operation since the very beginning. Eager to make a beer that was distinctly “Melbourne”, head brewer Michael Stanzel asked one of Burnley’s owners, Phil Gijsbers - who also happens to own These Days Coffee Roastery - to score him some beans. The benefit of Phil owning both a roastery and a brewery goes beyond the presumed discount when trading between… Read more
Style
Nitro Coffee Brown Ale
ABV
5.3%

Burnley Brewing Kellerbier

Tapped September 1, 2018
Literally translated as “cellar beer”, kellerbiers date back to the earliest days of lager, to a time when these beers were only brewed in the coldest months of the year and stored in caves until they were ready. Centuries later, it's still a beer style that’s popular in Germany, though it hasn’t taken off quite like many of the beers it spawned. But, with Burnley’s head brewer Michael Stanzel having learned to brew in Germany, it’s a beer he wanted to recreate in Melbourne. He did… Read more
Style
Kellerbier
ABV
5.1%

Burnley Brewing Coffee Brown Porter

Tapped September 1, 2018
When one of your owners owns a bunch of cafés and a coffee roastery, surely it’s only a matter of time before you look to make a coffee porter. That’s the case with Burnley at least, where Phil Gijsbers smuggled some cold drip coffee out of These Days Coffee Roastery and delivered the contraband straight to head brewer Michael. While the expectation for a coffee porter may be a beer that focuses on roasted notes, that's not the case with Burnley’s offering. Though you'll pick up a touch of… Read more
Style
Coffee Porter
ABV
5.7%
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