White Rabbit Brewery and Barrel Hall
Swanston St & Fyans St, Geelong VIC
It seems that for as long as Victorians have loved craft beer, they have loved White Rabbit. The brewery continues to grow in both popularity and production and in late 2015 it finally decided it needed a new stomping ground. From the leafy surrounds of Healesville, to the open-spaces in Geelong, it’s onwards and upwards for White Rabbit.
Head Brewer, Jeremy Halse was living in the Netherlands when he decided to journey south to Belgium. It was here that his eyes were opened to beers that he had never experienced before. When Jeremy returned to Australia with a newfound passion and an excellent work ethic, he quickly got a job in a brewery and started experimenting, trying to recreate the flavours he had tasted in Belgium.
While White Rabbit’s original home in Healesville was a leafy and joyous environment, Geelong has provided the team with extra space to experiment. Now you can find barrels resting in the spectacular barrel hall, while the brewers are tinkering with barrel aged beers, including their new White Rabbit RED. This intriguing new beer is actually a blend of two beers. The first has been carefully aging in wooden barrels for an extended period of time, taking on an incredible depth of flavours before being blended back into a fresher, younger beer creating a diverse combination with tart cherry and red wine complexities. This uniqueness and the team’s willingness to experiment with new flavours is what sets White Rabbit apart.
New beer aren’t the only fresh faces you’ll see in Geelong. White Rabbit is now also home to a restaurant that will suit any event. While the space can hold up to 150 guests for private events, the coming winter months provide the perfect opportunity to snuggle up by the fire.
If the dancing flames can’t warm you up fast enough then you’ll need some help from Head Chef, Stephen Shing’s new winter menu. With almost 20 years of experience and a passion for the Bellarine Peninsula you can expect a menu that focuses on the best local produce.
If you can only have one dish then it has to be the Beef Bourguignon – a rich stew with melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket and hearty vegetables. It is the perfect dish for a cold winter’s night and the bold, rich flavours will be enriched by a White Rabbit Dark Ale. If you prefer wine you can also match your meal with a glass from nearby Leura Park Estate.
Friday is the perfect time to visit, with a local acoustic guitarist playing chilled out tunes from 5.30pm – 8.30pm. There’s no better way to spend a winter’s evening than with a cold ale around the warm fireplace.
See for yourself why Geelong has fallen in love with White Rabbit Brewery and Barrel Hall.