The longest and most established of Melbourne’s microbreweries has grown from wild parties in co-founder Dave Bonighton’s backyard to weekly gatherings in the shadow of the tanks at its Richmond base. Its first beer, the Hightail Ale, remains a go-to but now shares a roster with the organic Steam Ale and a fruity Summer Ale that's made for tinnie-slinging in local parks on balmy afternoons. The brewery is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm, as well as Sundays from noon to 6pm. Brewery tours are free and run on Wednesdays from 6.30pm. Hungry? They also serve wood-fired pizzas along with their beers to keep you on an even keel.
Melbourne's craft beer scene is going from strength to strength, and it means 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. Don't mind a bit of a drive? We've also put together a list of our favourite out of town breweries.