Australia’s first airport brewery opens

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Travelers can now enjoy local independent beer at Australia’s first airport brewery, in Terminal 3 at Melbourne Airport.

Run by Stomping Ground Brewing Co, the 330m2 (3,552ft2 ) venue, with views of the airfield, is modeled on Stomping Ground’s Collingwood Beer Hall. It will feature 24 draught beers and six wines on tap, and every year up to 30 different beers will be brewed on-site.

The brewery will sell tasting paddles and takeaway cans of beer, and passengers of all ages can dine-in and enjoy meals from the extensive menu developed by Stomping Ground’s executive chef, Ben Isaacs.

According to Melbourne Airport’s chief of retail, Andrew Gardiner, the brewery is part of the airport’s efforts to create a sense of place.

“There’s huge demand for craft beer in Melbourne so the decision to open a brewery made sense, and we’re proud to be the first airport in Australia, and fourth airport in the world, to launch the unique concept,” said Gardiner.

“We are focused on bringing Melbourne’s iconic culinary scene to the airport and this latest development showcases inner-city Melbourne at its best.”

Collaborating with the designers behind Stomping Ground’s original Collingwood brewpub, Studio Y, and featuring large murals from local artist Justine McAllister, the venue will be open 5:00am-9:30pm every day, with a full restaurant and bar menu. Leading global hospitality company Delaware North partnered with Stomping Ground Brewing Co on the new brewery.


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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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