Red Hill Brewery
Red Hill Brewery is located just outside the village of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula, about 1 hr 30 minutes from Melbourne, Australia. The Red Hill area, in fact the whole Mornington Peninsula is an idyllic setting with large areas utilised for viniculture – there is over 60
on the peninsula, most of them offering from the cellar door.
The entire Mornington Peninsula is a great place for a wine tour and the vineyards also offer a number of great restaurants, many with great views of rolling hills covered in grape-vines. For those beer lovers though, Red Hill brewery offers a place to sit back and have some exceptional beer from a truly boutique brewery.
Red Hill Brewery is located at 88 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, Victoria 3937, Australia. It's open from Thursdays to Sundays from 11am to 7pm. If you are going for lunch it is advisable to make a booking by calling +61 3 5989 2959.
The rural location means that getting their by public transport is difficult. Trains from Flinders Street Station in Melbourne run to Frankston on a regular basis, following that take the 788 bus and get off at Rosebud. Red Hill is still about a 15 minute drive from there. Order a taxi through Peninsula taxis on (03) 5981 2233.
If you can find yourself a responsible sober driver organising your own transport is by far the better option. From Melbourne, you will be able to reach Red Hill in about 90 minutes if traffic is moderate. It will also give you the flexibility to explore the beautiful peninsula from the rugged south coast to the beautiful bay side beaches.
Most importantly, we start with the beer. At any one time there will be four beers on tap. On my visit they were running Golden Ale, Scotch Ale, Wheat Beer and Weizenbock. It all depends on what time of year you visit. The fabulous Imperial Stout will be available again in May 2012. There is also the option of taking the sampling tray made up of all four beers. Read more about
Red Hill Brewery's beers.
For the wine enthusiasts who have been side tracked by their beer loving companions, do not fret, there is a wide range of fantastic local wines also on offer.
The menu is relatively simple and European inspired, but appeared to be of high quality judging by the reactions of the diners as well as the great smells emanating from the kitchen. It seems a lot of thought has gone into creating a menu to match Red Hill Brewery’s beers.
A big part of the cafe area is outdoors, which is a lovely experience set amongst quiet gardens - a wonderful setting on a warm sunny day. Things may be a little more cramped when the weather turns for the worse.
Don’t go expecting a drink amidst the brewery itself. Although there are easy views of the shed where the magic is created the bar and cafe area is set to the side.
I would recommend either booking in for a lunch, or if not dining, don’t go there at lunch time. There is limited space to sit around and just have a drink. We found ourselves initially standing, but the helpful staff soon directed us to a couple of seats when they became available. It’s an easy place to sit and relax and soak up the tranquillity while working your way through a beer menu of the highest quality.