MELBOURNE | The new Brunswick East brewery by Beechworth’s Bridge Road Brewers might not be opening until the end of this year, but those who can’t wait can head to the brewer’s just opened pop-up, A Bar Made of Cardboard.
Located in East Brunswick Village, just a few metres from the construction site that will house, amongst other things, Bridge Road’s new Melbourne brewery, the pop-up is a striking, unique addition to the neighbourhood. Built in collaboration with the team from Box Wars, the sustainable popular is made from 75% recycled cardboard. Apart from the beer taps, fridges and dishwashers, all of the fitout is cardboard. It’s an impressive feat and yes (‘m sure you’re wondering the same thing that I was) it’s all very sturdy and can handle some spills.
I visited on opening day, and the bar already has a welcoming, locals vibe about it, which shouldn’t be surprising given the warmth of the original Beechworth brewery. It’s family friendly and dog friendly, with a great vibe.
Offering wise, it’s six rotating taps of Bridge Road core range and limited release beers, along with the full can and bottle range in fridges and on the shelves to either enjoy in or take home. If beer isn’t your thing, there’s around eight wines available by the glass, and a focused spirit selection, both of which focus on producers from Victoria’s High Country. Bottles (and cans) of wine and spirits are also available to go.
If you’re hungry, there’s a rotating good truck roster out the front. Local favourites like Beatbox Kitchen, Taco Truck, and Pie Thief amongst others.
And if you’re wondering what will happen with the bar once the main venue opens, cardboard will be upcycled, recycled or composted, while the other fixtures will be used in the main venue.
Bridge Road Brewers ‘A Bar Made of Cardboard’
129 Nicholson Street
Wed – Fri: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Sat – Sun: 12:00pm to 12:00am