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Melbourne craft beer guide

Everything you need to know about craft beer: where to get it, who's brewing the best and what you should be drinking at any occasion

Bartender pours a beer from a tap
Photograph: Sarah Pannell

Melbourne's craft beer obsession isn't going away anytime soon. With big players giving craft beers a shot and microbreweries constantly bringing out seasonal ales, the beer scene has never been better. Time Out's beer experts have spoken to the brewers, visited pubs and breweries, and cracked open countless tinnies and bottles to pick apart the world for craft beers. 

Now you know what's out there, check out our Melbourne bar crawls. Need something to take home? Scour Melbourne's best craft beer bottle shops.

Where to drink craft beer in Melbourne

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The best craft beer bars in Melbourne
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The best craft beer bars in Melbourne

We've rounded up the best beer halls and cozy beer bars to sample the latest and tastiest microbrews. 

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The best breweries in Melbourne
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The best breweries in Melbourne

We have a whole host of brewery bars where we can take a tour, meet the beer geeks behind some of our favourite local beverages and drink the freshest ales in town.

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Where to make your own booze in Melbourne
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Where to make your own booze in Melbourne

Our local brewers, winemakers and distillers are a community minded lot and keen to share the secrets of their craft. 

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The best breweries in Victoria
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The best breweries in Victoria

Regional Victoria is probably best known for its wineries and cellar doors, but take a second look and you'll find plenty of breweries, too.

Where to buy craft beer in Melbourne

Where to buy craft beer in Melbourne
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Where to buy craft beer in Melbourne

We like our drinks to taste as good as they look and you can count on these craft beer bottle shops to deliver the foods.

The best brewery tours in Melbourne
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The best brewery tours in Melbourne

For when you want a behind the scenes look at how your favourite frothy gets made.

A bluffer's guide to craft beer

Craft beer terms
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Craft beer terms

Craft beer varieties
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Craft beer varieties

What makes it beer?
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What makes it beer?

How do you brew?
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How do you brew?

Melbourne's best pubs

Top 50 pubs
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Top 50 pubs

Dog-friendly pubs
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Dog-friendly pubs

Pubs with fireplaces
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Pubs with fireplaces

Gastropubs
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Gastropubs

Live music pubs
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Live music pubs

Where to watch AFL
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Where to watch AFL

Beer gardens
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Beer gardens

Sunday sessions
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Sunday sessions