Beer lovers rejoice! See how the evolution of craft breweries in Geelong and the Bellarine has made the beloved brew a major player in the region's food and beverage scene.
With its clear waters, fertile soils and unique microclimate, the region's beers are rich and diverse and range from briny bitters to crisp pale ales.
Creatures of pleasure
In Geelong proper, stop at Little Creatures and try the city's own Furphy Ale, made from locally sourced ingredients. Sample a Southern Bay Brewing beer, made on the banks of Corio Bay in Moolap. Choose from an impressive selection, from Requiem Pilsner and Southern Bay Draught to a quirky pale ale called Hop Bazooka.
Head out onto the peninsula to the Bellarine Brewing Co. Sample its diverse range of craft beers inspired by the region, such as its Point Pilsner, Mussel Stout, Lonsdale Lager or Bellarine Bitter.
In with the new
Newer to the scene but equally as exciting is Barrabool Hills Brewing Company in South Geelong, producers of the popular Cockies Pale Ale. Other popular picks include the Pettavel Road Brewing Co, a specialised craft brewery producing pale, golden or amber ale in small batches and Flying Brick Ciders, makers of traditionally crafted ciders and one of Australia's fastest growing boutique cideries.