Mornington Peninsula Brewery

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3.68 w/ 168 ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

72 Watt Rd
Mornington, VIC 3931

+61 3 5976 3663 | map

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Added by brendan13 on 12-31-2010

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

stopped by early afternoon 5/4/14 with a couple friends

When we rolled up a couple of tour buses were leaving thank god and half cut people everywhere not what I expected at this time of day. In a semi industrial part of town a nice brewpub seemed out of place but popular with families and drunken tour buses alike. A warm fall afternoon we shared a table on the patio with some local adults outnumbered by their children with a couple dogs running around, something that wouldn't fly in Canada but when in Rome. Bartenders were well informed about the beers they were pouring and I loved the few I tried. I didn't spend much time inside but took a walk around and they had a neat little upstairs nook tucked away where I could reach out and touch the top of the top of the tanks if so inclined. I think it was just pizza on the menu and nothing I'd put together back home but all the strange ingredients worked wonders together, pear and prosciutto? who knew? They only had their own stuff for sale but I found their brews to be some of the best I found in Australia and I left with a 6er of mixed goodies. Not cheap but I didn't feel ripped off for what I got and would go back in a second. Its a little out of the way and a DD is a must, perhaps a tour bus might be the way to go. I'd be surprised if you found a better option on the peninsula, I can easily recommend this place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dmorgan310
3.83/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of soju6
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

The brewery is located in an industrial area and is not much to look at fron the outside. The brewery is not fancy but seems quite comfortable. Maybe it’s the wood-fired Pizza oven that offsets the starkness. Outside there is a patio area to enjoy on a nice day or relax in the mezzinine area that overlooks the brewing operation. The Bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers they serve. They have a very solid selection of beers to choose from. They do offer a sampler padldle if undecided and you can purchase bottles to take away. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Situated in the middle of an industrial block just off the Nepean Highway, it's easy to feel a bit apprehensive while approaching. But once you've located the place and walked up the side you can relax into the festive ambience.

Basically a converted tin-shed, there is ample - if not abundant - seating available, outside and inside near the sizeable bar located in front of the modest-sized brewing tanks.

Having tried the pale and the porter at the Local Taphouse previously, I inquired at the bar about sample paddles and what the 'specialty' beers currently were. I was informed a sample paddle consisted of the pale, wit, brown and one of the specialties which were the IPA and Saison at the time. I asked if I could substitute one of the specialties for the Pale and was told yes, no problem.

I'm telling this story in a long-winded way because I appreciated that. Sometimes when you deal with young blokes behind the bar (as this guy was), they've sort of got their 'rules' and they're inflexible with them. So kudos for the fact that I was able to sub in, either because the brewery rules are flexible or because this guy recognised it wasn't a big deal.

Now, the beer. It's often stated in BA magazine and the like that before a brewery starts mucking around with innovation and experimentation, they need to get two or three beers, or styles, down pat.

The Mornington Peninsula has six styles down pat. Including my previous experiences with the pale and the porter, my sample paddle on this occasion went from strength to strength. Starting with the wit (which I'm not a big fan of, style-wise), it was orangey, herby, Belgian and drinkable. The brown ale is English - dark but sweet at times and with lots of flavour. I was mildly disappointed with the IPA just because the aroma was so enticing and the flavour didn't quite have the kick I was expecting. But the saison is a clear highlight, plenty of funk and just lots of really enjoyable flavours.

Not only were the beers all stylistically appropriate but they were all very enjoyable drinking as well, and although the saison and IPA are only seasonals they would not in any way be out of place in a regular lineup.

If this place could somehow up production and yield, I would love to see them really pushing the envelope with crazy additions and experimentations. (I mean I want that from every brewery, but Mornington have a really excellent regular range to fall back on if things turn out badly.)

Anyway, I visited late in the day so didn't get an opportunity to try the food, but I was very pleased with my visit. Well worth a look and well worth a sample of any of their beers, if you get the chance. I can't wait to see what they do next - this is a brewery to watch.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Across the highway and tucked nicely in a warehouse district on Watts Street (which reminded me of the outskirts of Austin, TX for some reason) was this cute, kinda-mod, kinda kitsch brewpub. Open concept and simply organized, this place seemed quite confident that it had a winning concept with a half dozen pizza options and even less tappers; it was early afternoon and there wasn't a seat available so I think they just might be on to something.

The pizza, though expensive (as is anything of quality in Australia), was quite tasty and worked well as a palate-cleanser.

Overall, it was an great beer-xperience. A very solid start for a fairly young brewery and I look forward to visiting again next time I'm in Mornington.

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery in Mornington, Australia
Brewery rating: 0 out of 100 with 168 ratings
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