Nestled 15 minutes outside Warrnambool is a small town boasting the funkiest new boutique brewery in the south-west.
Noodledoof Brewery Company is the dream come true for best mates Sam ‘Noodle’ Rudolph and Alex ‘Doof’ Carr.
The past year has seen the duo put in the hard yards and earn themselves a cold beer after converting the former garage into the stylish brewhouse with six traditional and inventive beers of tap, a menu catering for all and plans for expansion already.
“The idea is to have a rotating tap list where our beers will be continually evolving,” Alex says.
“We’ll have three or four traditional beers and a few pushing the boundaries and dabbling in sour, fruited and barrel-aged styles.
“We’re hoping to get the distiller operational soon. Hopefully we’ll have some gin, vodka and our own whiskey in two to three years.
“We’ve spoken to Worn Gundidj about using ingredients from Tower Hill and incorporating the local ingredients from our doorstep.”
The current amber drops available include; a crisp clean lager, fruity mid-strength pale, new world pale ale, tropical sour beer, smooth caramel oat stout and a light-bodied hoppy lager.
If beer doesn’t tickle your fancy, a range of majorly locally-sourced wine, spirits and cocktails are available.
Chef Adam Porter created the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus with scrumptious gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options including macaroni and cheese arancini, a range of toasties and sticky Korean beef ribs among many others.
To turn a dream into a reality has been a whirlwind for the mates, but after opening their doors, they’re only looking forward.
“It’s been a long year,” Sam says. “But when I look around at the finished product I think ‘wow, look what we’ve done in a year’.”
Noodledoof Brewery Company on Commercial Road, Koroit is open Thursday – Saturday from 7am-11pm and Sunday 7am-5pm.
Written by Kim Price
Photo by Kyra Gillespie