Beer DeLuxe: Hawthorn

Bars , Pubs Hawthorn
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The craft beer movement reaches a new generation on the east side

Beer DeLuxe in Hawthorn occupies a Victorian undertaker's building complete with wrought-iron awnings, and offers a traditional pub experience as well as being a craft beer bar. It’s nice to see a younger demographic holding up the bar and exploring the huge tap beer list – hailing from all over the world, with tasting paddles for $16 and a focus on local craft and Euro brews. Monday $6 pints help to empty the lines for fresh beer, and you can taste it working in, say, a Belgian dark ale brought back from heavy grains and honeycomb with the sourness of living yeast, while Belle French Ale is bright and smashable, with a bright, green, bitter acidity and toasted graininess.
The keen staff haven’t been hired for a type, which is refreshing in an industry where your “look” can count for a lot. The common denominator here is impressive knowledge of beer and an obvious passion for what they do. Even on a busy night they’ll take the time to share it, calmly walking everyone through the extensive collection. On the food front, the quality of the bar menu isn’t hampered by its length. Try the fresh and filling gyoza, one of the better versions around, or one of the many burgers on offer. Industrial flourishes highlight the striking black and red interior, like thick iron pipes framing Plexiglas cabinets filled with weird and wonderful beer bottles, their labels like illustrations from a creepy fairy tale. Foxtel and the open deck upstairs mean you can enjoy your beer with a side of footy, or even a bit of fresh air.
Venue name: Beer DeLuxe: Hawthorn
Address: 329 Burwood Rd
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11am-1am; Thu-Sat 11am-3am
Transport: Nearby stations: Glenferrie
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