Camberwell Listers, we have some great news! Far Side Beers has just opened up on Burke Road, and it's already our fave new place to go to stock up on craft beer in Melbourne. Spring is the perfect time to pop open a brew, and Far Side aims to impress with a range of flavours from independent and international craft breweries. Your latest required stop for your next Sunday session!
Brought to you by Mairead Kennedy, an Irishwoman by birth and self-titled 'beermonger', the name Far Side Beers makes reference to the stocked beers hailing from the far side of the globe. Kennedy's new craft beer retail shop sells a slew of brews. Paying homage to her homeland, Far Side stocks Irish drops (Eight Degrees Brewing), as well as Danish beer (Mikkeller). But don't forget the locals! You'll see some Victorian craft beers also, from favourites such as Stone & Wood, Holgate and Kooinda Brewery.
Fed up of having to drive from Camberwell to Richmond every time she had a crafty craving, Kennedy decided to answer Camberwell's lack of local choice. Kennedy is leaving behind a twenty-year career in manufacturing, to pursue this job hop—with lots of hops… With boutique and craft beer on the rise in Melbourne, we reckon she's made a pretty smart choice.
Kennedy makes a promise to her customers, that only exceptional craft beer from independent breweries will make it to her shelves. She's all about offering an alternative to your standard, big business brews. 'People want choice and they want to feel more connected to the origins of their products', Kennedy says. 'I want to give my customers an exceptional experience when they visit my shop; they can leave having tasted a sample of something a little bit different, or knowing a little bit more about the brewer and the ingredients used to produce their favourite beer.'
So, give your friends frothy envy this spring when you bring along some hard-to-find, international, and dang tasty craft beer to your next gathering. Cheers to that.
Need a little help choosing what brew you're in the mood for? Check out our pick of the best craft beers for spring!