For close to three years, Blackman’s Brewery in Torquay has been helping fuel the excitement around the craft beer industry. In the surf coast town just 500 metres from the beach – Jess and Renn Blackman get to brew beer. And they’ve created a space out the front for you to come and taste some quality beers and catch up with your friends and family. With a kitchen open all day until late, they have developed a share-style, grazing menu that works perfectly with the Blackman beers. The beer garden is set amongst three beer tanks, so you can hear the fermentation process happening, while you’re drinking beers.
With craft beer on the rise, last year saw the couple bringing their beloved brew to the heart of Geelong with their very own brewery bar. Located in Denny’s Place behind Beav’s Bar, the venue created a new drinking destination inspired by Melbourne’s laneway bars. With original wood panels, a stylish tin roof and a chipboard ply bar, the venue features both new and old styles. With the aim of bringing a little piece of the original brewery to Geelong, the space embraces certain finishes from the Torquay venue such as the eye-catching light box, the tap wall and the brewing design mural.
The beer garden is the perfect spot for an after work or pre dinner beer – as it catches the afternoon rays. You can find 10 taps within the core range, rotating seasons and the odd single keg ‘Wildcard’. In true Blackman style, where there’s good beer, there’s equally good food – you can order The Hot Chicken Project every night. You can also get takeaway beer until 8pm.
Blackman’s make their beers with the best quality ingredients they can get their hands on. The core range is made up of beers that cover a variety of flavours and styles, so there is good beer for everyone. As a brewery that continually pushes the boundaries on flavour combinations and creative collaborations, Blackman’s Brewery has come up with some pretty famous brews in their time. Partnering with Cartel Coffee Roasters and Long Miles Coffee, the brewery created an espresso martini kölsch which proved to be a hit, along with ‘Blackberry Gose’, the ‘Juicy Banger’ which is BIG on aroma and juicy flavours with the crisp finish of a Lager and most recently the third edition to the Lager Collective Series: The Zinger Slinger NZ Pale Lager – just to name a few.
At Blackman’s brewery, their philosophy is this: we love good beer, it’s really that simple. And that couldn’t be more true for Blackman’s who continually bring their best to Geelong and Torquay, and have an undeniable passion for what they do.
Where: 26 Bell Street, Torquay
When: Wednesday – Sunday, 12noon until late (7 day trading begins November 1)
Phone: (03) 5261 5310
Blackman’s Brewery Bar
Where: Denny’s Place, Geelong (down the laneway off Little Malop Street)
When: Open Tuesday – Saturday 4.30pm until late
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