Stomping Ground Brewery & Beer Hall
100 Gipps St, Collingwood
03 9415 1944
Stomping Ground Brewery and Beer Hall is bringing beer back to the people.
In the late 1800s, Collingwood was the epicentre of brewing in Australia, with more than 30 breweries looking after the needs of thirsty locals. Shortly after the turn of the century, they all had been closed or shut down, meaning that this prime patch in the inner-north has been brew-less for more than 100 years.
Not any longer. Stomping Ground offers 21st century locals a spot to enjoy all that is good about the beloved brew, in surroundings that make everyone feel at home.
The genius idea was created by the team behind The Local Taphouse and GABS Beer, Cider and Food Festival, otherwise known as Steve Jeffares, Guy Greenstone and, more recently, Justin Joiner, the long-time venue manager of The Local Taphouse in St Kilda. For their newest venture, the pair recruited Head Brewer, Ashur Hall, Beer Hall Manager, Matt Marinich, known to be one of the leading beer hospitality managers in the country, and Head Chef, Paul Kasten, from Portland in Oregon.
Together, this group of six have created an independent brewery, beer hall and beer garden where all your beer-based dreams can come true. The interior design was inspired by the building’s factory past, so an industrial feel is combined with layers of character to create a space that’s full of ‘wow’ elements.
The very first of these is the brewery, a 20-hectolitre (2000L) system that allows the team to supply beer to more than the beer hall; kegs are being sold to local pubs and bars and there’s a plan to venture into packaging cans or bottles in the near future.
The Stomping Ground range is one of the most extensive out there, catering for people at every step of their beer journey. Despite only starting the brewing process in March, a few favourites have cut clear of the pack in the first weeks of opening – the Gipps St American-style Pale Ale (named after its street of residence), Leaps and Bounds Helles Lager, Bearbrass Nitro Milk Stout and Grandstand Australian Ale are all flowing faster than expected.
You can try them all – and many others – at the Beer Hall; the perfect place to take that first step out of your comfort zone and try something new. Steve, Guy and the team wanted to create a familiar and welcoming hub for the broader community, where families, couples and friends could drop by to enjoy a beer in the expansive garden, or tuck into a delicious meal near the open kitchen. A retractable roof makes it Melbourne-proof, while a cubby house ensures there’s entertainment for everyone.
Considering you could be there for hours, it’s well-warranted. The large bar that divides the indoor and outdoor areas features 30 taps – 24 with beer and six wine. Along with Stomping Ground’s full selection, there are ciders, spirits and occasionally guest beers from other local breweries
However, it’s not just beer that Stomping Ground is soon to become known for. From the open kitchen, Paul showcases seasonally rotating farm-driven dishes as well as plates that pay tribute to the brewery background, using beer or beer by-products. A wood-fired oven is also being installed to expand the repertoire even further.
The designer behind Stomping Ground’s rustic look is Melbourne’s own Studio Y. Founder and head designer, Yaron Kanor, cultivated its authentic look, drawing inspiration from the 1920’s industrial revolution. The team at Studio Y focused on an industrial palette and utilising raw, rough elements like natural metal, terracotta bricks and patina creating the effect of a 100-year-old building.
Stomping Ground is a beer buff’s playground. If you want to dive a little deeper, pop by on the weekend at 4pm – a brewery tour will give you an insight into the process, and make that drink at the end taste so much sweeter.