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Urban Craft Beer: 3 Stop

Description

This is the ultimate beer lovers day out, cruising Melbourne’s most awarded and innovative urban breweries. The sky is the limit on what we may drink on this tour: refreshing summer ales, crisp sessionable lagers, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee and bacon flavoured ales, plus don’t forget the fruit-infused, barrel-aged and experimental single batch brews. We like to find the most passionate brewers in Melbourne so you can experience the best venues making the best products in town. This is a 3-stop tour with massive tastings, hearty brewpub food and complimentary drinks.

Our public tours are now private tours catering for bookings of between two to ten guests from the one social, work or family group – starting from late September 2020. This means we can customise your tour, including the start and end times, itinerary and we are now picking up all over Melbourne. Our public tours of mixed random groups will resume in 2021.

For more private tour options, including larger groups, added activities and itineraries suited to large celebrations (bucks, hens, corporate, birthdays) please head over to our private tours page and request a quote.

Price

  • 2-3 people: $295pp Thursday & Sunday; $310pp Friday & Saturday. 
  • 4-5 people: $235pp Thursday & Sunday; $260pp Friday & Saturday.
  • 6-7 people: $190pp Thursday & Sunday; $225pp Friday & Saturday.
  • 8-10 people: $175pp Thursday & Sunday; $195pp Friday & Saturday.

Optional pickups: $65 per booking. Vehicle upgrades are available during checkout.

Public tours returning 2021 at our regular price of $139pp.

What is included?

  • Everything.
  • Visit 3 breweries.
  • This is a private tour for single-groups between 2 and 10 people (our regular programming will resume in 2021).
  • Brewpub style main meal (lunch or dinner).
  • Tour at day or night.
  • Very generous tastings and complimentary drinks.
  • Wine, spirits and cider available for the non-beer drinkers.
  • Professional tour guide.
  • We provide sunscreen and bottled water on every tour.
  • Direct bookings receive a free pickup and drop-off in over 20 suburbs (listed below).
  • GST (10%), banking fees and merchant fees (3%) plus booking system fees (6%) are all included in the price.

What isn't included?

  • There is no need for tips and gratuities as we pay our guides well and it is not an Australian custom – it is always appreciated though if your guide does a great job.
  • Merchandise and an array of takeaway food and drink can be purchased on tour. If you are keen to top-up your home bar, bring some cash!
  • Pickups are available in several additional suburbs for a $65 per booking fee. If your suburb is not listed below, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
  • Optional vehicle upgrades (from a Toyota Commuter to Mercedes, BMW and others). 

What do I need to bring?

  • An extraordinary, devil-may-care attitude! 
  • Your dancing shoes and your singing voice. 
  • We request that all participants bring a face mask. 
  • We provide hand-sanitiser.
  • We provide bottled water, however it’s also cool to bring your own drink bottle.

Times & Pickups

Tours start 6:30pm Thursdays, ending at 11pm. Our Friday and Saturday tours running twice a day from 12:30pm to 5pm and 7pm to 11:30pm with Sunday having one session starting at 12:30pm, ending at 11pm.

Direct bookings include a free pickup and drop off at one of the following postcodes:

  • Melbourne: 3000, 3002, 3003, 3004, 3005, 3006, 3008, 3010, 3050, 3051, 3052, 3053, 3054, 3065, 3066, 3067, 3068, 3141, 3205, 3206, 3207.

We can also pick you up at an address in the following postcodes for a fee of $65 per booking

  • Melbourne : 3011, 3013, 3015, 3016, 3031, 3032, 3039, 3055, 3056, 3057, 3070, 3071, 3078, 3101, 3121, 3122, 3142, 3143, 3181, 3182, 3183, 3184.

You can also meet at one of these convenient locations:

  • Melbourne CBD – Forum Theatre Side Entrance – 5 Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000.

Dress code

  • There is no dress code.
  • You can wear your dress thongs, but because shoes are required to enter certain areas of some venues (eg the brewery floor), we highly recommend wearing shoes. This brings us to the next item…
  • To be honest, we don’t care what you wear, however, some venues we visit might. Singlets (on guys) or offensive clothing might mean you’re refused entry at some venues, so stick to sleeves and civility. Which brings us nicely too…
  • Take into consideration what you might get up to post-tour when you get dressed in the morning. And don’t forget…
  • We operate rain, hail or shine. Most venues have indoor and outdoor areas and we use each appropriately, but please take the weather into consideration and dress like a local. Remember, Melbourne has 4 seasons most days!

Daily itineraries

Aussie Brewery Tours love flexible touring, free from time constraints and overbearing guides. Our tours are about generous tastings followed by soaking up the atmosphere of each venue with a glass of your new favourite drink in hand. 

We have always run small group tours, so we can cruise around at our own pace. It’s time to leave for our next destination when there are more empty glasses than full glasses.

  • The Likely Suspects: Moon Dog OG; Temple Brewery (food); Bodriggy (food); Burnley Brewery (food).
  • Possible: Moon Dog World; Two Birds Brewery; Crafty Squire; Stomping Ground. Brogans Way Distillery.

Example menu

We can cater for vegetarians, vegans and most dietary and allergy needs. Drop us a line if your requirements are very specific. The following is an example of a menu from this tour. Please note the restaurant we visit changes their menu almost daily, so please use this as an example only:

  • caponata salad: with eggplant, capsicum, red onion, cherry tomato, garlic, mixed leaf and balsamic vinegar (vg, gf).
  • loaded nachos: with beef mince, cheese, guacamole, pico de galo, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos (gf).
  • vegan loaded nachos: with beans mince, cheese, guacamole, pico de galo, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos (gf, vg).
  • rump cap steak: with chimichurri, salad, pickled cucumber, marinated palm hearts, fries and aioli.
  • angus burger: with angus beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and burger sauce.
  • fried chicken burger: with cumin, paprika, slaw, cheese, chimichurri and tomato relish.
  • mushroom & haloumi burger: with rocket, green sauce and pickles (v).
  • picanha (rump cap) steak sandwich: with provoloni, house-made tomato relish and house-made pickles.

Terms and conditions

Aussie Brewery Tours will always act professionally and be fair and transparent with all of our business dealings. We have the correct insurances and licences to operate. On tour, we want you to drink as much as you want, sing, laugh, dance and be merry, but please, please don’t be a d!ckhead! Below is some extra information regarding fees, taxes, bank charges, legal conditions, cancellation policies, how much our lawyer charges us, insurances, licences, charity donations and how not to be a d!ckhead please continue…

Our full terms and conditions, FAQ and support team, via the live chat, email or phone, are a valuable source of information. 

Payments

  • Our secure payment facility accepts Mastercard, Visa and American Express (Paypal coming soon). 
  • During checkout, you can pay 100% of the tour or a 30% deposit with the balance due on the day (cash or card).
  • All prices include a 6% booking fee, 3% merchant fee and 10% goods and services tax (GST).
  • Online agents (Red Ballon, Adrenaline, Viator, Tripadvisor, Expedia, etc) take between 25-35% commission to take your booking. That money is better off as value-added into your tour. Booking direct with us will allow us to always give you the best customer service, the best refund policies and add more value to each tour including more inclusions and free pickups.

Cancellation policy

Public event cancellation or rebooking (changing date) policy is:

  1. Between 0 and 48 hours from the event, 45% refund.
  2. Between 48 hours and 4 days from the event, 80% refund.
  3. Greater than 4 days – full refund minus any accrued bank/booking/merchant fees and charges.
  4. All public events require a minimum number to run. If we do not meet the minimum number of participants, we reserve the right to cancel your booking. In the event we cancel a booking, we will issue you a full refund or reissue and extension of gift cards.
  5. We reserve the right to cancel any public tour event if we reasonably believe that it can not operate safely (bushfires, zombies, etc).
  6. If we receive late cancellations, we reserve the right to cancel the entire tour if it falls under the minimum numbers.

Please also see the COVID-19 section for COVID specific policies

COVID19

COVID-19 didn’t really change how we operate. We always work hard to ensure every tour and event we run is exceptional, safe, hygienic, and we work with the best venues in the country, each one operating to a very high standard. We will always refund you if government restrictions limit our ability to operate legally and safely and we will always be sensible, well-trained and well-informed of our obligations as your hosts. 

Public Tours:

  1. If you contact us within 20 hours of the tour starting with symptoms, we will refund you in full – nobody likes sick people and I don’t care how cool you are, yuck!
  2. If you have tested positive to COVID19 within 2 weeks of your tour, we would refund you in full.

Private tours:

  1. We would refund you in full if we receive evidence that your group or the larger portion of the group has been placed in quarantine – and also send you and your friends a few cases of beer for quarantine!
  2. For individuals within the tour, we would also refund them if they tested positive to COVID19 or showed symptoms with and contacted us within no later than 12 hours from the event.

We are following the advice of:

Behaviour

Antisocial behaviour will not be tolerated, and we will ensure that you are removed from society if you display any…

  • We enjoy a few shenanigans as much as the next person; we take people cruising around drinking for a living. We are yet to have any unacceptable behaviour on tour, however, on behalf of our brewery and venue partners, we ask that you behave in an appropriate and respectful manner throughout your event.
  • We have a strict no-drinking policy on the bus, this is in accordance with state alcohol laws. We will, however, drive you from venue to venue and, no surprises here, none of the places we have visited have ever run out of things to drink! We have also never heard the words “I didn’t get to drink enough today” after one of our tours.
  • All our venues adhere to Responsible Serving of Alcohol (RSA) laws. If you are asked to leave a venue for inappropriate behaviour, the tour is over. 

Marvelous Melbourne gets boozy

In the 1880s, Marvelous Melbourne was born, with the gold rush bringing people, industry and immense wealth to our fledgling little city. Melbournians though have never really cared much for shiny things, instead priding ourselves on being the cultural capital of the Southern Hemisphere. Melbourne is where you come for the F1 Grand Prix, Boxing Day Test at the G, to watch the race that stops a nation and laugh your-ass-off at the country’s biggest comedy festival. The AFL, NRL, Australian Open tennis and the country’s best live music venues and restaurants also call Melbourne home.

Is it any wonder we have the country’s most fun and innovative craft beer scene and its first brewery tour company?!

It wasn’t all smooth sailing though. We struggled to create an urban Melbourne tour when we started, because of the lack of quality venues – two breweries who each make two beers doth not a quality tour maketh. Instead, we start with a brewery that makes 15 beers, that way, we have an excuse to drink 15 beers. Follow that up with great food, innovative venues, amazing staff and plenty of fun things to drink, your own tour guide and designated driver and then all we need is some karaoke at the after-party!

Our current venue partners include Temple Brewery, Moon Dog OG, Moon Dog World, Stomping Ground, Boilermaker House, Eau De Vie, Mjolner, Two Birds Brewery, The Crafty Squire, Charcoal Lane, Burnley Brewery, Brogans Way Distillery, Clifton Hill Brewpub, Colonial Brewery, Mountain Goat Brewery, Urban Alley Brewery, Westside Ale Works, Thunder Road, Fixation Brewing Co, Bodriggy Brewing Company. We regularly seek out and add new venue partners.