I’ve been gunning to write this review for a while as I had such a lip smacking visit when we went. The Boy had been wanting to try this out for a while, all hidden up in the northern reaches of Richmond, but we kept on getting distracted on the only opening nights – Wednesday (from 5pm, tours from 6:30) and Friday (from 5pm). Even when you walk into the awesome warehouse space decked out with large tables and informal bar tables, you can’t get distracted from the brewery’s main purpose: beer. The boxes are stacked above the bar to a hair-raising height…
I have to say, I do enjoy a good brew. The Boy and best mate T grabbed a corner of a table and we decided on two pizzas between three as we guzzled ale like it was going out of fashion. The atmosphere is warm, inviting, very laid back. The choices are limited to pizza and beer – I mean, that’s what you’re coming for, so it had better be good!
There’s a board of pizza options above the bar, all simple and tasty choices (we had the pancetta and roquette ditty below and the ‘broc n roll’). Just the vegetarian options alone are worth ordering, including: The Panos (Haloumi, Green Olives, Lemon and Rosemary), Broc ‘n’ Roll (Broccolini, Gorgonzola, Caramelised Onions, Pinenuts & Lemon), and Vegie Patch (Mushroom, Capsicum, Olives, Onion, Pesto, Tomato & Mozzarella).
The pizza was light and occasioned the remark that it was one of the freshest, least oily pizza bases in a long time. I’d go as far as to say it was one of the most delicious and bready (yeasty? I mean, we are in a brewery…) I’ve ever tasted.
Hands down one of the most Melbourne-y experiences around; that is, a lazy Friday evening watering hole with some of the best pizza you can lay your hands on. Not to mention one of my favourite beers as well.
Service: 8/10 (prompt and your pizza orders find their way to you by name)
Value for money: 9/10
Score (food is weighted double): 90%