FarmDog Brewing: Where craft beer, gin, and vineyard views collide

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FarmDog Brewing: Where craft beer, gin, and vineyard views collide

Words by Chloe Cicero

Calling all Gin enthusiasts, beer lovers, and local wine fanatics! FarmDog Brewing has got you absolutely sorted! Crafting delicious beers and distilling boutique gin right on the premises – and get this, it's at a winery!

Welcome to FarmDog Brewing, where it’s all about family and fantastic drinks.

Run by siblings Jaimie and Maddy, FarmDog is nestled within the vineyards of McGlashan’s Estate. Their folks planted the vines back in ’95, set up the Cellar Door, and ran the show for a solid 15 years. Now, the baton’s been passed, and the new generation is adding their own spin to the family legacy.

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

What’s new, you ask? Well, they’ve thrown in a distillery and brewery (with Jaimie & Maddy’s partners Jeremy & Jake leading the way), plus they’ve started opening nights and even hosting weddings – where your furry friend can strut down the aisle with you and join in the celebrations! Can it get any better than that?


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As for the vibe, think laid-back with sprawling views of the vineyard, twinkling festoon lights, crackling fire pits, and outdoor beanbags – it’s basically heaven on earth. And now they’ve added Saturday nights to the mix, there’s really no excuse not to pop in. Plus, they’ve got live music on Sundays, setting the scene for some seriously chill vibes. Visitors often come thinking they’ll just drop by, but end up getting swept away by the tranquility and sticking around for the afternoon.

Oh, and you’ll get a warm welcome from Hamish the FarmDog – it’s the little things that make life grand!

Now, onto the drinks! Dive into self-guided tasting flights to sample the full array of beer, gin, and wine. Don’t miss out on their signature cocktails, like the pandan splice and Wallington Mule, showcasing the unique flavours of FarmDog gin – it’s a total crowd-pleaser. And their top-notch beer? A white-chocolate raspberry bullet sour brewed with real white chocolate raspberry bullets – talk about a flavour explosion!


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They’re also aging whiskey in barrels, but alas, it’s a waiting game. However, mark their words, it’ll be well worth it when the time comes.

Hungry? Fear not! There’s a spread of grazing and snacking options, from the FarmDog platter to the brewer’s board and pulled pork tacos. If you’re after something heartier, go for the Miss Mary lamb pizza or one of their hearty burgers. And here’s the kicker – a lot of the ingredients come from local sources, including the Bellarine Smokehouse salmon pate.

So what are you waiting for? Get yourself down to FarmDog Brewing and experience the magic for yourself!

FarmDog Brewing is located at 225 Swan Bay Road, Wallington (McGlashan’s Estate). It’s open Thursday 5-8, Friday & Saturday 11-8, Sunday 11-5.