1. Aunty Jacks
With its eclectic interior of repurposed metal and wood, Aunty Jacks is a craft beer lover’s dream. They’ve won Australian International Beer Awards for their beers which are brewed onsite, so try a tasting paddle to discover your favourite. You can deep dive into their beer education and brewing events, too.
2. Red Duck Brewery and Distillery
Small batch gin? Traditionally crafted beers? You can have it all at Red Duck Brewery and Distillery. This independent operation has been in business for almost 20 years now, and they’re passionate about creating beers and gins that utilise the best in local ingredients while keeping the process as pure and simple as possible. You can taste it.
3. Cubby Haus Brewery and Bar
Cubby Haus craft small batch beers in their onsite brewery, and you can get up close to them on a brewery tour. The Cubby Haus Bar is a family-friendly hangout where you can enjoy a couple of beers along with pizzas and light meals. There’s free pinball and records spinning for that retro vibe.
4. Mitchell Harris Wine Bar
Mitchell Harris Wine Bar has been winemaking since 2008, creating elegant drops that reflect the surrounding cool-climate wine regions. Their 150-year-old former produce store is now a showcase for their wines and other local gourmet delights. Head to Mitchell Harris for a full wine bar and dining experience right in the heart of Ballarat.
5. Kilderkin Distillery
If you love artisan gins, head to Kilderkin Distillery. They produce high quality spirits in small batches, with you can try on a gin tasting, starting with their signature Larrikin gin. They vapour infuse their artisan gins with a range of botanicals, as this method ensures a super smooth and well-balanced spirit that is perfect to enjoy neat.