Alchemy Brewing Co
Alchemy Brewing is a 16-tap brewery-bar, but it’s for more than just hop-hunters and lager-lovers. There’s also a modern wine list with a few hazy, minimal-interventions drops from Das Juice and Brave New Wine, and an amaro spritz on tap.
But despite this wide net, the beer isn’t easily overshadowed. For more than 12 years – while working as a barista at cafes including Wide Open Road and St Ali – Owner Pim Muter honed his home-brew skills, and it’s this breezy, approachable feel that informs the tap selection at Alchemy.
A straightforward Aussie pale ale began life as a home-brew, as did a smashable mid-strength IPA that’s no slouch in the hops department. There’s also a crisp pilsner, a rye IPA and a dark, robust porter.
Muter brews all of the beer in a 500-litre set-up tucked out the back, but you can’t see it from outside. Peer through the front windows and you’ll simply see a stripped-back warehouse bar with pitched timber ceilings, concrete floors, a few plants and pool table.
A small bar kitchen turns out cheese, charcuterie and toasties – there’s ham, cheese and tomato, and another with haloumi, olive and tomato that can be made vegan. There are gluten-free options, too.