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Little Creatures Canteen and Brewery- Geelong

Located in a warehousy and light commercial part of Geelong, the little creatures brewery was bought inlittle_creatures_brewery_geelong_indoor_seating_canteen 2011, and opened in 2013, pumping out fresh, light tasting and bright flavored beers.

Attached to the working factory, is the little creatures canteen, and the White Rabbit Barrel Hall.

The brewery and canteen is situated in an old woolen mill complex, tastefully restored, that the company won little_creatures_brewery_geelong_heritage_awardheritage awards for.

The food is excellent, and despite the canteen being in a big, open warehouse, the atmosphere is warm, bright and inviting, topped off with good service from cheery and enthusiastic staff.

 

I ordered the burger special, a nice big pizza, coffee and a Chai tea with honey for the lass.

little_creatures_brewery_geelong_canteen_chai_teaThe Chai tea was unusually well presented, and of great quality, being loose leaf, and freshly brewed- there was no powdered or tea bag option nonsense being pandered around here on the surf coast, unlike in Melbourne.

 

little_creatures_brewery_geelong_canteen_burgerThe burger was tasty, reasonably priced, and the chips were nice and crispy. In fact, the chips came WITH the burger, and I didn’t have to pay extra for once, despite this being a “hip” and “cool” establishment.

 

little_creatures_brewery_geelong_canteen_pizzaPizza was a stone and wood baked affair, with fresh and good quality ingredients sprinkled on top. more than satisfying.

 

There were a lot of cool little spaces and things go look at, and go ahh, and ooh!, at the brewery, and it was a pleasure to wander around and have a good stickybeak.

The beer tours are only $12, so next time I’m going to book into one and check it out- wandering around industrial facilities are always fascinating, even if you are not in the industry, and just a hack home brewer like myself.

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For some reason, there’s a badly tuned honky-tonk piano outside in a container you can have a bash on in any state of tipsyness, and because it a pretty big property, you can borrow a bike to ride about on if you feel inclined, just ask the bar staff, though don’t get crabby if they say NO because of the jug of beer they know you just drank by yourself with lunch.

All in all, its a fine place to go for a lunch date with a pretty lass, and that’s exactly what I did that day.

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The brewing process in diagrams- click to enlarge

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Images of the current menu as of winter 2016 as are below, or check out the links to the current menu on the following links:

Food menu- little creatures canteen Geelong

Drinks Menu- little creatures canteen geelong

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221 Swanston St, Geelong VIC 3220

Monday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday – Friday: 10am – 10pm

Saturday: 8am – 10pm (Brunch available)

Sunday: 8am – 10pm (Brunch available)

Phone: (03) 5202 4009

 

https://littlecreatures.com.au/locations/geelong/the-canteen

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Railway Hotel Restaurant, Castlemaine, Victorian Goldfields

amazing meals!

http://railwayhotelcastlemaine.com.au/

railway hotel menu:

http://railwayhotelcastlemaine.com.au/wp-content/uploads/rhcspringmenu-2015.pdf

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From the grill :
prawns, scallops, squid and fresh sh
w/ coconut bouillabaisse, mussels, bread and fresh oysters
for 2
(can be GF)
Spicy brazilian chicken croquette Coxinha (4x)
$12
Spring Lamb rump (dinner time only)
freekeh, soy milk, macadamia, pepitas, mount pepper, olives,
beets and harrisa
Muscovy aged duck breast (dinner time only)
white mulberry, muscat, grilled skate wing, chimarrão herb and
purple carrots
(GF) *cooked mediu
the chef cathces his own trout!

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Cheap $2.99 Christmas pop up wine shop with discounted beer and cider- Pascoe Vale, Melbourne

While exploring the unknown environs of the suburbs this weekend the trusty squeaky bike, old rusty, I stumbled across this little gem, “Pop up Wine Shop” pop up wine shop pascoe vale melbourne frontby accident at 440 Gaffney Street, Pascoe vale. link to google maps

Apparently its been operating since June this year, but it was in Moonee ponds back then. This incarnation opened up on last week on the 12th.

Totally unplanned, at the end of my urban adventure, and coming to the point of thoroughly having enough of being in a foreign and unfamiliar neighbourhood, I tacked my way in the direction of where I thought there may be some description of a train station that could take me home with the minimum of effort.

Cruising down a quiet street, lined with geriatric old men watering their wizened lemon trees of an evening, who acknowledged the progress of my squeaking, clanking conveyance with cursory owlish glances, I spied in the distance what looked like a neighbourhood highpop up wine shop very cheap wine deals street in the distance.

I pedaled enthusiastically toward it, eager for some provisions, or coffee, or grease… whatever was on offer really. Then I noticed the impossibly huge hill looming above me, blocking my way.  To the left, on the corner, was slightly dilapidated corner shop.. but it was the billboard that caught my eye. $2.99 wines.

YES. cheap wine, impossibly cheap wine. most under ten dollars according to the plain, but clear billboards that encircled the shop.

I parked the bike, and decided to go take a look, just for the hell of it- I had no intention of buying anything that day, right? I don’t even really drink particularly often- I’m just not much of a fan of alcohol in general unless its to complement a nice meal, or as part of a journey of discovering new and unusual beverages. (ok, maybe i do like good wine and beer, just a bit :p) pop up wine shop melboune discount rekorderlik on special

Wandering around, i was surprised to find that there was indeed copious quantities of ultra cheap discounted wine in stock.

In fact, the wine was even cheaper than the billboards crowed, because of the bulk discounts offered like buy six, get one free etc. Some Asian beer was also looking lonely in the fridge, at only $15 for a six pack, or $2.50 for one. Tempting, especially at the end of a long, hot day.

In the fridges were more finds- Rekorderlig Swedish cider varieties on special for $5, with buy 6, get one free! bargain! The sweet, fruity ciders aren’t exactly my favourite, but I knew one particular person who would enjoy those though. There were a couple other brands of apple and pear cider that I didn’t recognise.

An inkling of an elusive easy and cheap Christmas gift idea solution began to form in my  mind.

I absently extracted a couple cold ciders from the fridge, of uusual flavours i had not seen before.

 Tpop up wine shop pascoe vale ownershe proprietor at the counter was a chatty and friendly old bloke, with a quick smile, and a persuasive manner. Despite riding, I found myself being led to the counter, to try out his wares, in copious sized tastes. Generous quantities, that’s the kind of wine tasting that’s the best!

Chatting to him idly, i got a bit of the story behind the shop- he was a wine wholesaler, and the retail shopfront was a bit of an experiment, and a way to move some extra product over the Christmas period. he mentioned that he was going to have a about 20 pallets come in this week, all of chardonays and whites he planned to sell for a crazy $2 each!

Admittedly, I know nothing about wine, but the 2008 Cabernet sauvignon, and the Chardonnay white I tried out seemed not half bad. Especially for effectively a bit of loose change.

Anyway, after spop up wine shop melbourne suburbs cheap christmas boozeome tastings, and spying some unusual different Rekorderlig cider on special for a measly $5, I took home a haul of 5 bottles-

  • Two whites,
  • a red,
  • and two heavily discounted Swedish ciders-
  • orange and ginger Rekorderlig;
  • and a Mango and raspberry Rekorderlig.

The whole lot cost be a princely $20.  A Christmas shopping trip well done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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