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The Best Breweries In Collingwood Have Joined Forces To Create A Walkable ‘Beer Trail’

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no purer pleasure in this world than chilling a craft brewery with a tasting paddle in front of you. A sentiment that Collingwood obviously shares, given its number of craft breweries and the new Beer Trail that five of them have joined together to create.

Collingwood was actually something of an epicentre for Aussie craft brewing in the 1800s, thanks to a large number of brewers in the area — like Fosters Brewing in Rokeby Street (RIP). by the 1900s they’d all gone, but today that tradition has been brought back.

Now, five of those breweries — Stomping Ground, Bodriggy, Fixation, Molly Rose and The Mill —  have banded together to create a free Collingwood Beer Trail map. It not only highlights the local breweries but supports the many galleries, cafes and venues in the flourishing area — it’s something of a Covid antidote after the struggles the hospitality industry faced.

You can grab one at the participating breweries, or download it here. You can also buy a ‘Trail Pass’ for $30 which includes beer samples at all venues and a Beer Trail tote bag once you visit all five breweries. It’s pretty good value, and it also donates $5 from every Trail Pass to a local charity.

Our Picks

The beauty of having so many cool places within walking distance is that you can get to them all without worrying about a taxi. However, if you’re short on time, we’ve got a few top picks to put first on your list.

#1 Stomping Ground

Do I choose my beer by how pleasing the label is? Yes. Do I choose my breweries in the same way? Often. Stomping Ground is plant strewn, industrial feel venue of my dreams.

#2 Molly Rose

This little hideaway of a brewery spills out on the street to accommodate diners who are keen for a tipple of their particularly creative and innovative beers.

#3 Aunty Peg’s

 

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Melbourne loves their java, but Aunty Peg’s loves it even more. This very aesthetically pleasing coffee shop is all about specialty coffee and baked goods.

#4 Off The Kerb Gallery

 

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This is a Melbourne-based and artist-run gallery, which focuses on artists, curators, designers and sound producers who are mid-career.


(Lead image: provided / Stomping Ground)