When it comes to epic pairings, food and craft beer in Melbourne go together like Kim and Kanye—the ultimate inseparable power-couple that, once you start developing a taste for, you simply CANNOT get enough of (my search history will testify to that). But finding an establishment that hits the mark on both scales can be tricky. All too often we’re faced with either a cracking menu but a lacklustre bar, or a marathon beer list but only chips and parmas for sustenance. Listers, THERE IS A SOLUTION. It goes by the name of the Temple Brewing Company and, as of this weekend, it comes with a brand new beer garden.
Based in East Brunswick, Temple Brewing Company combines some of the best craft beer in Melbourne (brewed and bottled at its on-site brewery, which takes up one half of the impressive two-storey venue) with a private events space, a cracking bar area, an exceptional kitchen, and its newly opened outdoor space. The new addition is being celebrated in the best way possible—with the limited edition Temple Beer Garden Ale, which will be served for a cheeky $8 a pint (!) until the kegs run dry.
The Melbourne beer garden is tucked off Lygon Street’s main thoroughfare, making it the best beer garden on Melbourne’s northside for relaxed drinking with a crowd of friends. Add to that an unlimited stock of boutique spirits, local wines and the most delicious craft beer in town, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Temple Brewing Company specialises in what they’ve come to call ‘refined comfort food’. Their chef trained at Gordon Ramsay’s award-winning restaurant, Maze, Neil Perry’s Rockpool and South Yarra restaurant The Botanical, and we can guarantee that everything on the brewery’s menu surpasses the foodie fare you will find at your local beer garden or boozer.
You’ll be relieved to know that it’s not molecular gastronomy fluff either—it is, after all, difficult to work your way through an epic spread of craft beer when all you’ve had to eat is a cloud of desiccated fairies’ wings, served on a jaguar shark crisp marinated in a saucer of unicorn tears. We’re talking craft beer-friendly food here,folks: juicy pork ribs, fresh Pacific oysters, lip-smacking buttermilk-soaked fried chicken, slow-cooked lamb shoulder steeped in the brewery’s spent grain, and the piece de resistance—the Midnight Burger.
When we first saw the Midnight Burger, we didn’t quite know what to make of it. A charcoal black burger bun? What the…?! Upon biting into it, everything made sense. The burger itself is as delicious as it is visually striking—the house made wagyu beef patty, succulent but not greasy; the pickles, tangy but not sour; and the bun, a thing of brioche dreams.
Add to this the accompanying fries, BACON AIOLI, and a pint of Temple’s popular Anytime IPA and we have, hands down, one of the best combos of food and craft beer in Melbourne.
Our only predicament is that, once you get to Temple Brewing Company’s East Brunswick venue, it’s INCREDIBLY difficult to find a reason to leave. Literally everything you could ask for is here—awesome booze, mouth-watering food, a fully kitted-out events space, a suntrap beer garden, and even a change of shirt if you feel the need to freshen up (yup, they design and sell their own).
It’s clear the team behind Temple Brewing Company really know what they’re doing, and their passion is infectious—simply strike up a conversation with any one of the staff and you’ll see what I mean. Whether you’re a die-hard foodie, a small batch beer nut, or a bit of both, this Melbourne beer garden, eatery and brewery is not to be missed.
Temple Brewing Company’s new beer garden is open this weekend. They will be serving $8 pints of Temple Beer Garden Ale until supplies run out, so get there quick!
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