Now, let’s just start off by saying that yeah sure, we know, it’s the Docklands. The Docklands can be a bit of a hard sell for Melburnians, but hear us out. It’s actually becoming good.
You may have noticed the big construction in-between the freeway and Melbourne Star. This area is getting a massive Hoyts cinema—which will be the closest one for inner-westies—as well as great food and beverage joints that'll keep you filled to the brim.
The most exciting development, though, is a brand new brewery setting up shop in the precinct. In fact, they’re already brewing beer out of there. Welcome to the new Urban Alley Brewery.
You’ve probably seen Urban Alley cans and stubbies in bottle shops around Melbourne, but now you’re going to get the chance to get up close and personal with the brewers.
The new brewery will be opening in September and can hold up to 550 hungry and thirsty punters.
You can already find Urban Ale in great locations around Melbourne, including Pawn & Co, Bartronica, Garden State Hotel, and Naked For Satan to name a few—but with the tanks just metres away from the taps at Urban Alley Brewery it won’t get any fresher than on location in the Docklands.
The launch of the brewery will bring with it four brand new beers, plus future collabs with local Docklands businesses, and a future distillery that'll be setting up shop right next to the brewery in this brand spanking new precinct.
As you’d expect from a progressive business in 2018, Urban Alley Brewery is really keen to make the business as sustainable as possible.
The new brewery fit-out has been created from recycled brick and timber. They’re also working closely with the soon-to-be-opened distillery next door, where they’ll reduce their carbon footprint by trading water—that'll reduce gas emissions during the heating and cooling of water needed in both brewing and distilling processes.
We don’t know exactly what sort of food will be available once the brewery is up and running, but that'll be confirmed soon, and we’ll keep you in the loop.
Urban Alley Brewery will be opening in Docklands on 7 September. We’ll keep you up to date on all the movements so you can be first in, best dressed.
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