Stomping Ground has opened Australia’s first airport brewery – and the fourth in the world – at Melbourne.
The Collingwood based spirit maker has leased a 330 square metre space within Melbourne Airport’s Terminal 3.
The occupier will produce 24 drought beers and six drought wines on-site.
Tasting paddles and takeaway tinnies will also be offered from the space, which has airfield views.
The venue will be configured with a restaurant serving a full menu prepared by Stomping Ground’s executive chef, Ben Isaacs.
Picketts Deli and Moors restaurant – ventures from Melbourne restaurateurs Scott Pickett and Shane Delia – have also recently set up at Terminal 3, joining EARL Canteen, Cobb Lane, Axil Coffee Roasters and Proud Mary.
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Melbourne Airport chief of retail Andrew Gardiner said the rental agreement forms part of the landlord’s efforts “to create a sense of place at the airport”.
“We are focused on bringing Melbourne’s iconic culinary scene to the airport and this latest development showcases inner city Melbourne.
“There’s a huge demand for craft beer in Melbourne so the decision to open a brewery made sense”.
Stomping Ground co-founder Justin Joiner added that the Melbourne Airport venue will introduce new beers most weeks “so there could well be a new beer added between when you depart and arrive home”.
Buffalo-based hospitality giant Delaware North will partner with Stomping Ground Brewing Co to operate the new beer hall.
“This fantastic concept further enhances the excellent range of authentically-Melbourne dining and drinking options already available to passengers at Melbourne Airport, and provides travellers with a unique taste of the city’s outstanding food and craft beer scene, ” Delaware North managing director, Gary Brown, said.
Studio Y, which designed Stomping Ground’s Collingwood “brewpub” – decorated the Melbourne Airport space. Murals have been created by artist Justine McAllister.
Just prior to committing to Terminal 3 last year, the brewer traded from a pop-up beer garden at Melbourne Airport.
Last June Stomping Ground leased more than 1000 sqm within the 6.7 hectare former Philip Morris cigarette factory at Moorabbin with the intention of opening a 12 hecto-litre brewery.