For close to four years now, 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 quality and well-loved space to do so.
Located on Bell Street, there’s even a space out the front for you to come and taste some quality beers and catch up with your friends and family, and a kitchen open all day until late that boasts 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. If you’re down the coast, don’t hesitate in stopping by for a perfectly crafted brew from Blackman’s.
It doesn’t stop there though.
With craft beer on the rise in recent years, the couple soon decided to bring 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 the perfect central Geelong drinking destination for summer. With original wood panels, a stylish tin roof and a chipboard ply bar, the venue features both new and old styles, bringing a little piece of the original brewery to Geelong, embracing certain finishes from the Torquay venue such as the eye-catching light box, the tap wall and the brewing design mural.
As Geelong’s first bar dedicated to craft beer, the bar is designed to showcase a range of Australian and international breweries with 10 rotating taps pouring new beers each week, meaning you’re guaranteed to always find something new to love. In true Blackman style though, where there’s good beer, there’s equally good food. Serving food from The Hot Chicken Project and with a range of fun tabletop games on hand, and highly trained staff that know and love the beer industry – it’s the perfect place for after work drinks in the CBD or a quiet beer or cider with friends. What more could you want in the midst of summer in Geelong CBD?
Within their own range, 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, however the team are well known to all as the local brewers who are all about creating new batches with interesting flavours while maintaining the highest quality of craft beer. Top creations so far include 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 also took home gold at the 2018 Independent Brewers Association Awards), and The Zinger Slinger NZ Pale Lager – just to name a few. Keeping up with the creativity, next year they’ll be setting up a pilot brewing kit at the Geelong Bar once a month and brew a single keg of something new and maybe slightly crazy. Keep your eyes peeled!
At Blackman’s brewery, their philosophy is this: ‘we love good beer, it’s really that simple’. And it is that simple for this team who continually bring their best to Geelong and Torquay, and have an undeniable passion for what they do.
Blackman’s Brewery is located at both 26 Bell Street, Torquay and Denny’s Place, Geelong (down the laneway off Little Malop Street).