Beer Out West was recently invited to the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse to check out the venue, the beers and the food, which we graciously accepted. We travelled from the western suburbs of Melbourne and took the inland route via the Princes Highway and Cape Otway Road before taking on the hills, twists and turns of the Forrest-Apollo Bay Road down to the town itself. The journey took around two and a quarter hours.
The scenic backdrop of rolling green hills and curving golden sands of Apollo Bay make for a beautiful tourist haven, complete with marina, shops, restaurants, accomodation and a number of other worthwhile attractions. At the western end of Apollo Bay’s main shopping strip is the grand old lady that is the The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse.
The Brewhouse, or as it was origianlly known, The Ballarat Hotel was built in 1887 and also included a butcher, bakery and general store. The hotel has taken on a number of alterations over the years with additions being added in the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. In 2015, the hotel was taken on by new owners and renamed The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse.
Today, the Brewhouse places a big emphasis on it’s Craft Beer credentials, which should come as no surprise as it’s sister company is Otway Brewing who produce the Prickly Moses lineup of beers. The main bar has a pool table, glass encased roaring fireplace, barrel tables and a decent sized bistro area, serving pub favourites made from local produce.
A large marquee to the side of the Brewhouse provides additional space for drinking and eating on the busier days whilst out the back of the Brewhouse you’ll discover the Tastes of the Region tasting room which doubles as a bottle shop, tasting room and local produce store. Here you can enjoy a tasting paddle of 5 of the freshest beers on tap, sample four wines from the regions and pick up locally produced cheese, meats, jams, chutneys and chocolates.
Tastes of the Region is also a great place to turn up with your furry friend and enjoy a drink or two. Water bowls and dog friendly Beerdog’s Bitter (0% alc) is on hand just in case your pooch get’s their thirst on.
If you want to make a long weekend of it, the Brewhouse also has a limited amount of onsite accomodation which can be booked through their website. There are 5 queen rooms, 1 family room, 1 triple room and 1 superior room on offer.
Whether you’re planning on staying longer or just passing through, you should always make a point of calling in at The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse.
Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week Lunch 12 – 2pm daily*
Dinner Mon – Thurs 6pm – 8pm*
Fri & Sat 6pm – 8.30pm*
Sun 6pm – 8pm*
*Closing times subject to seasonal change
Closed Christmas Day
Find the Brewhouse
29-35 Great Ocean Rd
Apollo Bay VIC 3233