Matilda Bay Brewing
- 89 Bertie Street, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
- (03) 9673 4545
The longest-established of all Australian craft breweries, Matilda Bay was founded by Phil Sexton in West Australia back in 1984, making small batches of beer for sale in Fremantleâs Sail & Anchor pub. First off the production line was the Redback wheat beer â the first of its style made in Australia and still winning awards today.
Other styles unfamiliar to Australian palates, such as dark lager Dogbolter followed and, in the early 1990s, the brewery was purchased by Carlton and United Breweries. Founder Sexton would go on to found Little Creatures, while the backing of one of Australiaâs biggest brewers provided Matilda Bay with the financial clout to reach a much wider audience.
It left its West Australian roots behind to move to the Garage Brewery in the outer Melbourne suburb of Dandenong in 2005, where under the stewardship of Brad Rogers (who has since founded Stone & Wood in Byron Bay) and now Scott Vincent, a team of brewers acts as the Fosterâs groupâs craft beer arm. In early 2012, the brewery moved again, to a former Cadbury factory in Port Melbourne where it both brews and welcomes customers to its Brewery Bar seven days a week.