Take a detour from Mornington Peninsula's vinous highlights and relax by a barrel table at small-batch breweries, cideries and distilleries. Settle in and savour the aromatics and textures of the local hand-crafted beers, ciders and spirits.
Become a beer aficionado
Toiling away behind the peninsula's winery backdrop is a growing crop of artisanal brewers, taking advantage of the perfect growing conditions like the vintners and farmers before them.
Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Red Hill Brewery and St Andrews Beach Brewery are leading the charge, with Hickinbotham of Dromana winery also serving up a house beer. The breweries' regularly changing specialty brews and refreshing ales, matched with no-nonsense favourites like woodfired pizza, offer welcome respite from the world of wine.
Get into the spirit of things
In Red Hill, Bass and Flinders Distillery is the Mornington Peninsula's only bespoke distillery and cellar door, producing a range of gins, vodka, limoncello and brandy. Visit the cellar door bar for a tasting, or take part a gin masterclass to create your very own bespoke gin.
Let cider be the decider
Mock Red Hill brews biodynamic ciders created from desert apples grown on their single orchard in the Red Hill hinterland. They're best sampled in the Cider Lounge with a platter of local cheeses and produce.
Take a tour
Arrange a tour of the popular Red Hill Brewery and learn more about the complex combination of malted barley and hops, or take a spirit-ual tour of the barrel room and distillery at Bass and Flinders Distillery.