Future Mountain

If the name wasn’t enough of a giveaway, it’s not long after walking into Future Mountain brewing and blending that you get the sense of just how important barrels are to the brewery’s story. They line walls and envelop tables while barrel hoops hang down from the old warehouse’s roof like beery chandeliers.

Even before they opened the doors to their Reservoir home, Shane Ferguson and Ian Jones were well versed in brewing, having worked at several other local breweries over the past few years.

They opened their own venture in March 2019, another moment that helped showed just how diverse the local beer scene is becoming in Australia. Future Mountain may still be located along the 86 tram line - Melbourne’s most craft beer and brewery rich public transport route – but you hardly need to look deep into the annals of history to consider Reservoir an unlikely spot for an operation like Future Mountain to set down roots.

The diversity of what’s brewed inside flits from Belgian-inspired saisons and traditionally-minded pilsners to the barrel-aged, the barrel-fermented and the blended. They pour from 12 taps lining the walls either side of the island bar and are likely to change with each visit, as new blends, new barrels and new ideas regularly take their turn. What stays constant is that each beer’s name is a musical references; it might be a song name or a lyric – with the Bob Dylan portrait inside hinting at the source of some of Shane and Ian’s musical cues.

While many brewers of such beers have drawn inspiration from the great lambic and farmhouse breweries of Belgium and northern Europe, it’s also America’s growing number of sour and wild beer specialists that have helped drive the creation of Future Mountain. The duo’s focus is on blending the Old World and the New by overlaying historic brewing practices with more contemporary techniques, something reflected in the brewery’s name.

Their lab – the aptly named Culture Club – is filled with a selection of bacteria and cultures they’ve stockpiled from beers they love; Future Mountain’s core culture has been built by Ian over the years at home and can trace its roots back to some of the pair’s favourite breweries, the likes of Cantillon and Jester King.

Like the beers, the plan is for the mixed culture to evolve and include wild yeast strains they’ve captured, including some from the orchards and wineries where they're sourcing their fruit: from the off, Shane and Ian have been working closely with local producers, sourcing raspberries, apricots, redcurrants and more from the Yarra Valley.

The final element of the brewing side of Future Mountain sees their Belgian style beers take shape within an open fermenter located in its own sterile and temperature-controlled chamber – a setup designed to let the yeast really go to work.

The mix of modernity and tradition is maintained throughout the taproom, where an exterior that looks pretty much identical to the surrounding warehouses obscures what lies inside. The front bar is brought to life by low lighting and indoor plants, and provides plenty of space in which to enjoy glass after glass of saison. The back bar feels designed more with the beer geek in mind: the stainless side of the business lines one wall and you can pull up a pew between the barrels as you tuck into one of their mixed ferments.

Although bottles have become a more regular sight from the brewery, you'll never regret the trip out to try the beers from the source. Since late 2021, there's been even more reason to drop in since the taproom has had its own food menu thanks to Field Kitchen, which focuses on rustic, farmhouse dishes with a modern approach.

In other words, it's something that fits perfectly with the Future Mountain beers, barrels and ethos.

Will Ziebell

Name
Future Mountain
Address

703-707 Plenty Road
Reservoir
VIC 3073

Regular events

Thursday Specials: $8 pints of Saison, Pilsner & Farmhouse Pale

Open Hours

Thurs & Fri: 4pm to late
Saturday: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 8pm


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Future Mountain Regulars

Future Mountain Incantation (2020)

Published November 27, 2020
First released in 2019, Future Mountain’s Incantation was given a bit of a remix in 2020 just as the weather started to heat up. The “Farmhouse Table Beer” is an easy-drinking 3.4 percent ABV and is one designed to be shared; historically maybe during a farmworker’s lunchbreak in Wallonia but more recently at a park, with olives, soft cheeses and finksa. To better accommodate sharing the beer, the brewery and blendery made the move to release it in 750ml bottles; making it the Future Mountain's… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Table Beer
ABV
3.4%

Future Mountain Force Of Nature

A farmhouse ale made in an industrial Melbourne suburb might sound like a contradiction but, if the farmhands of Belgian were drinking anything like Force of Nature, we’d wager they wouldn’t mind. Indeed, if this is what they were drinking in Belgian farms more than a century ago, it sounds far more appealing than the life of someone on an Australian farm work visa. Built upon a mixture of cultures cobbled together in Future Mountain’s lab, any fans of Brettanomyces-laced saisons will likely… Read more
Style
Brett Saison
ABV
5.4%

Future Mountain Wonders Of Nature

Ordering Force Of Nature and Wonders Of Nature from Future Mountain brewing and blending is as fine a lesson as to what barrel-ageing can do to beer as you could want. The former is a Brett farmhouse ale, while the latter features the same mix of cultures as the its saison-inspired sibling, with a slightly tweaked malt base, and is fermented in barrels. In Wonders Of Nature, the funkier side of that culture is more at play, with an acidity playing off the beer's oaky vanilla flavours. The beer also… Read more
Style
Barrel-Fermented Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.5%

Future Mountain Alameda

An ever-changing beast, Alameda is Future Mountain’s barrel-aged golden blend, with each release showcasing a unique mix of yeast and bacteria. While it might change every time you walk into the brewery, it’s likely a beer that helps encapsulate what Future Mountain is doing better than any other: a project that is set to continually evolve over time. From the apricot-heavy offering that was pouring the first time The Crafty Pint came in, to the more wine-like and funky, the nectarine and the… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
5.6%

Future Mountain Specials

Future Mountain Howling Forever

Published January 21, 2022
Saison is a style of beer that can move in myriad directions, so you never quite know which way brewers might decide to approach them. But the earliest saisons, those brewed by "saisonniers" or seasonal workers in the French-speaking Wallonia region of Belgium, would have no doubt made use of what was available to them. It’s a philosophy behind many of Future Mountain’s beers, with the Melbourne brewery and blendery often showcasing seasonal fruit and it's certainly on show in Howling… Read more
Style
Brettanomyces Saison
ABV
6.0%

Future Mountain Hands Of Gold

Published December 1, 2021
Summer starts today and Future Mountain have a special beer to mark its arrival. But it's more than that keeping the team at the Melbourne brewery and blendery smiling. Last week saw them take out Champion Brewpub at The Indies – and anyone who tuned in would have seen the joy and speechlessness spread across the faces of the crew. But winning a major trophy doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels, and Future Mountain have a big launch with Hands Of Gold, a Mexican style lager. It’s the third… Read more
Style
Mexican-style lager
ABV
4.1%
Stockists

Paradise Alley

Howler

The Fat Goat

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Future Mountain Blinking Lights (2021)

Published November 12, 2021
Whether it’s watching Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life or Die Hard, Christmas traditions hold a special place, reminding not only that the end of the year is here but also that another year has passed us by. Apparently, some Christmas traditions don’t even involve movies, such as Future Mountain’s Blinking Lights release. At the end of each year since they launched - which brings us to number three at the tail-end of 2021 - they bring together bourbon barrels and fruit to create a complex… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Red Sour
ABV
6.0%

Future Mountain Anniversary Ale 2

Published October 22, 2021
When you call a beer your grand cru release, AKA your most premium blend of the year, it seems a bit of a high risk idea to invite a group of people who've never made a beer to help create it. But that’s just what Future Mountain did with Anniversary Ale 2, inviting locals who supported them throughout lockdowns to help agree the final blend. You can read more about the story behind the beer here. Thankfully, under Ian and Shane's guidance, any lack of brewing or blending experience hasn’t had… Read more
Style
Blended Golden Sour
ABV
5.8%

Future Mountain Series of Dreams (2021)

Published October 11, 2021
When Bob Dylan’s Series of Dreams was first recorded in 1989, it wouldn’t be for another two years that fans had a chance to hear it and by then, it was a slightly changed version that made it onto 1991’s The Bootleg Series. But, they say patience is a virtue and like the track, Future Mountain’s Series of Dreams has taken time to arrive (as do many of their beers) and started life a little removed from where it’s ended up. Series of Dreams 2021 started out as a golden ale before raspberries… Read more
Style
Golden sour aged with raspberries
ABV
5.8%

Future Mountain Fortune Telling Lady (2021)

Published September 23, 2021
As much as cans are dominant these days, there are some beers that feel far more appropriate when they come in a big bottle. Future Mountain’s Fortune Telling Lady is exactly that, not just because the beer seems like one that needs to be shared but because the clear glass 750ml bottles really let you know there's some fruit coming your way. That's not by accident either, with the brewery making the switch earlier in 2021 as part of a drive to showcase the fresh local fruit they were using - you… Read more
Style
Golden Sour Beer With Morello Cherries
ABV
5.8% ABV

Future Mountain Dark Eyes, Born In Time & Ramble On Rose

Published August 20, 2021
The relationship between Future Mountain and the Yarra Valley’s Rayner’s Orchard has been around since before the brewery even launched and that partnership has been responsible for many fruited releases from the brewers and blenders. It’s one that only continues to blossom and this trio of releases is an impressive showcase of seasonality in beer - which you can read more about here. They've been brought out in a new format for the brewery too, with each beer encased in glass bottles with… Read more
Style
Barrel-aged fruited sours
ABV
5.8%, 5.8% & 6.0%

3 Ravens, Dollar Bill & Future Mountain Woods of the North II

Published June 1, 2021
As part of their fifth Woods Of The North event during Good Beer Week 2021, 3 Ravens again took the opportunity to invite attending brewers to collaborate on a barrel-aged, blended release. Woods Of The North II features a variety of mixed culture beers from 3 Ravens, Dollar Bill and Future Mountain that were married together for three months before being bottle conditioned in magnums (and only in magnums!). The component beers brought together include a rye Belgian saison aged in ex-pinot noir barrels… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged, Blended Mixed Culture Ale
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

Online here.

Future Mountain Blinking Lights 2020

Published December 18, 2020
It’s only the second Christmas Future Mountain's brewery and blendery has existed and already they have a festive tradition: using bourbon barrels to create a light but complex amber sour beer. Last year, Blinking Lights featured apricots and cinnamon; this time around, it’s nectarines from the Yarra Valley and a small dose of lemon myrtle which are destined for the Christmas table. After six months of maturation in Future Mountain’s puncheons, the beer was added to Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels… Read more
Style
Amber Sour Beer
ABV
6.0%

Future Mountain Static & Distance: Spelt Saison with Dandelion Tea

Published December 3, 2020
They tend to brew to the beat of their own drum at Future Mountain and the brewery and blendery's saison series that launched at the end of 2020 is pretty good evidence of that. Static & Distance aims to showcase the style's myriad moves and be an ever-changing evolution, with each release barrel-fermented but then embellished with unique ingredients and flavours. The first is Barrel Fermented Spelt Saison with Dandelion Tea, which underwent primary ferment in barrel for eight weeks. The high… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.0%

Future Mountain Fortune Telling Lady & Fireside 2020

Published June 24, 2020
True to themselves, Future Mountain Brewing & Blending appear to have spent lockdown been exploring wood, malt, funk and fruit, with the results there for all to see in these two releases. The first is Fortune Telling Lady 2020, a golden sour that spent time bathing in oak with Morello cherries from the Yarra Valley for company. Pouring a beautiful bright red, there’s a mix of funk and fruit from Brettanomyces, which also adds a smooth and luscious texture to the beer’s mouthfeel. From the… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Cherry Sour & Smoked Porter
ABV
5.8% & 6.2%
Stockists

Available from Future Mountain's online store and Melbourne bottleshops.

Grifter Brewing Co Hand in Hand Lager & Fortune Teller Blueberry & Lavender Witbier

Published March 2, 2020
Many of us, when we were kids, were constantly berated by our parents: “Don’t play with your food!” or “Stop putting things in your drink!” Apparently the brewers at Grifter were never discouraged from doing this. Or maybe they were, but their rebellious natures just proved too strong. Either way, the Grifter crew have got a couple more offerings that are the result of experimenting with putting things in their drink. Hand in Hand is about as Aussie as it gets - a pale lager, that classic… Read more
Style
Lager & Witbier with fruit and spices
ABV
4.3% & 4.9%

Future Mountain Beyond The Horizon

Published February 9, 2020
If you've visited Future Mountain's brewery venue in Reservoir, you probably noticed the room behind a glass door called Culture Club. Aside from being another of the very many musical references that permeate all things Future Mountain, it's home to their growing bank of mixed cultures. At time of writing this numbered more than half a dozen, to which they've been assigning names and which they like to use within certain beer styles. In the case of Beyond The Horizon, it's Roslyn – named after… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Spiced Witbier
ABV
5.9%

Future Mountain Let The Day Begin & Blinking Lights

Published November 29, 2019
Future Mountain only launched earlier this year but already they've shown themselves to be an essential local for anyone in Reservoir with even a passing interest in beer and a brewery to watch for fans of delicate but complex barrel-aged beers. These two releases from the brewery might have different occasions in mind but both show the team’s ability to meld detail and drinkability together in one bottle. Let The Day Begin is something of a weekend brunch beer: a golden sour infused with coffee… Read more
Style
Golden Sour & Amber Sour
ABV
5.5% & 6.0%
Stockists

Both beers are launching at the brewery on the weekend of Nov 29 to Dec 1. On Sunday, Future Mountain and Everyday Coffee will be pouring the beer at their respective homes, along with bacon and egg rolls at the Collingwood café and pastries at the Reservoir taproom.

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Harrow & Harvest

Published September 17, 2019
Future Mountain’s take on a classic Belgian witbier, Harrow & Harvest is made with malted, rolled and raw wheat plus orange peel and coriander seeds. The last of those ingredients was sourced from the Indian supermarket a few shops down the brewery’s home in Reservoir in keeping with their ethos, of course. Though it's clearer than the typical haze found in Belgium’s wits, you’ll find flavours familiar from those originals: a mix of sweet orange and coriander, yeast-derived clove, some… Read more
Style
White Ale
ABV
4.3%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Incantation

Published September 17, 2019
The first saisons might have been found in the fields of Belgium and Northern France but when they’re made with a lower ABV – which few modern ones are – there’s no limit to where, when or how they should be enjoyed. Well carbonated, light on the palate and unlikely to lead to a nap post-consumption, it’s a beer ready to match with almost any meal at almost any time of the day. That’s certainly the case with Future Mountain’s Incantation, a sprightly-carbonated table beer that sits… Read more
Style
Table Beer
ABV
3.4%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Series of Dreams

Published September 17, 2019
Beginning its life as golden ale, after six months in barrels Series of Dreams was transferred to spend a further two months on fresh raspberries from the Yarra Valley. The beer spent those two months refermenting away and extracting a lot from those berries, as its vibrant, bright red colour can attest to. It plucked out a whole lot of flavour too, packing a hefty punch of raspberries with a jammy quality that matches against the beer’s tart acidity. Will ZIebell… Read more
Style
Raspberry Sour
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Memoria

Published September 17, 2019
Even before they opened the doors to their Reservoir brewery, Future Mountain’s Ian and Shane were busy working with local farmers to get their hands on seasonal fruits for their beers. They were keen to brew for the seasons, finding the right fruit when it was ready and thus bringing beer and its agricultural roots together. They’re not quick to waste any of that bounty either, as Memoria is a testament to using apricots that had already had one beer flow through them. The first was Two Wheeled… Read more
Style
Apricot Sour
ABV
5.8%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain A Million Stars

Published September 17, 2019
A Million Stars was designed during the depths of winter and is a farmhouse beer that even the brightest stars wouldn't shine through. Made with a bouquet of cardamon, black pepper, rosemary, star anise and juniper plus the French hop Aramis, which contributes further spice and some pine. Flavours of lavender and bergamot also come to the fore alongside its roasted, savoury malts and, while it might pour the deepest of browns, it’s dry and slightly light body makes you think it could just as easily… Read more
Style
Dark Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.5%
Stockists

Future Mountain bottles are heading to some bottleshops but your best bet is the brewery or their online store

Future Mountain Silhouette 2019

Published July 6, 2019
A silhouette might typically be thought of as a simple two-dimensional imprint of a far more complex world, but that charge can’t be levelled against Future Mountain’s beer of the same name. Instead, the bourbon barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout is a deeply complex affair, one in which underlying flavours keep slowly rising to the top and making themselves known. Instead of being a cardboard cut-out, it’s an incredibly smooth and velvety beer, pouring thick and abyss-like. To start with there’s… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
ABV
9.4%
Stockists

Launching at the brewery on July 6

Future Mountain Kalingrad & A Million Stars

Published July 4, 2019
Their first winter since opening isn’t even close to being over and already Shane Ferguson and Ian Jones are keen to treat drinkers to an impressively diverse mix of dark beers. One of them, Radio Kaliningrad, is a beer inspired by Prague’s U Fleku, which solely brews a single dark lager; in homage, this lower ABV Baltic porter has been designated a Czech porter. It’s one with plenty of flavour on the dark malt front too, with espresso, chocolate and raisins all tied together before the clean… Read more
Style
Czech Porter & Spiced Winter Farmhouse Ale
ABV
5.6% & 5.5%

Future Mountain Soul Jacker

Published April 5, 2019
Barrels and blending might be Future Mountain’s reason for existing, but wander into the Reservoir brewery and you’ll always find a pilsner pouring alongside the fruited and the funky. Soul Jacker is one such example, a pilsner made with rye and the relatively obscure German hop Saphir. With a nigh on amber hue, it's a beer that pours so bright and clear you can easily understand why such beers became so popular once drinkers were able to enjoy them from glassware. Soul Jacker delivers a decently… Read more
Style
Rye Pilsner
ABV
4.7%