White Rabbit Brewery
Kick off the weekend in Geelong, the central city of the region and gateway to the Bellarine Peninsula wineries. Melbourne is famous for its craft beer scene and this city just over an hour south holds its own.
The White Rabbit Brewery is just outside the city centre and with its small shop, and cosy fireplace is an excellent ease into your Bellarine visit. The main attraction though (other than the drinking) is learning how to make craft beer. Within this old wool mill, another thing the region is famous for producing, sits an uber cool microbrewery. Once you’ve seen it in action, find a space at the bar and work your way through the different beers on tap.
Sip beer and see it being made on the Bellarine Peninsula
Little Creatures Brewery
Even if the Bellarine Peninsula wineries are not your thing (you crazy fool) you are in luck, just next door to White Rabbit is the Instagram-worthy and trendy Little Creatures brewery.
Originating in Western Australia and listed in the new Lonely Planet global beer guide, this newer microbrewery offers tours of its small, but perfectly pouring brewery. It doesn’t just look good though; it tastes even better. With a bar stocking its consistent range as well as the breweries seasonal pours, you can settle into the lantern lit open space, or the colourful beer garden and taste your way through the eight to ten different beers on tap.
It’s also pretty damn beautiful down on the Bellarine
Hot chicken project
If you head to Little Malop Street in Geelong, you’ll find a creative new hub in the city. These laneways with their street art, funky bars, and on-trend restaurants are fast being redeveloped to get a slice of the slick Melbourne booze and food scene.
One of the most famous and well-known joints in town is Hot Chicken Project which serves up chicken in any form, American basket style, and with five different shades of hotness. The ‘Evil Chicken’ offers the most mouth burning option, although be warned it takes a few bites before you know what you are in for. While the Bellarine Peninsula wineries are one of the most famous exports of the region, Geelong looks keen to keep developing itself into a foodie hub.
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