MELBOURNE | Burnley Brewing is the newest brewery to hit Richmond and occupies the site formerly home to Italian restaurant Romulus & Remus. It’s owned by Renton Carlyle-Taylor (The Alps, Milton Wine Shop, Toorak Cellars), Neil Mills and Phil Gijsbers (Small Print Pizza Bar, Saint James Cafe) who bring a wealth of hospitality experience to the venture, along with a genuine passion for good beer.
It’s a casual space, a bit different than the usual converted warehouse we’re used to seeing for Melbourne brewpubs. Being a former restaurant means that Burnley Brewing feels a bit less rough around the edges. There’s no exposed brick to be seen here, but the floors are concrete and the ceilings are high with exposed beams. The large bar makes a statement to one side with branding above the taps while the seating features a mixture of tall tables with stools, regular tables and booths.
Michael Stanzel, who has recently returned to Australia after spending time brewing beer in Germany, has been brought in as head brewer. Michael is the first Australian to attain the prestigious Brewer and Maltster apprenticeship accreditation exclusive to the German brewing scene and his experience means that people should expect some great beers. At the moment the beers are mostly accessible brews to ease local’s into things. Think summer ales, lagers, pilsners, and a surprisingly good low ABV summer stout. There was a punchy double IPA on the taps at launch and the team have plans to brew some more experimental brews as they settle in to the space. A barrel aging program will also be part of the mix.
If you can’t decide what to order, all staff are Cicerone certified so really know their stuff and can talk you through what’s on offer. There are also tasting paddles if you want to try a few different things. The wine list here also impressed us. Carlyle-Taylor’s love of wine and experience in the industry means that wine plays more of a part at Burnley Brewing than at most brewpubs. A full page of about 30 different wines is on offer, featuring mostly local drops along with some imports.
Food is more than an afterthought here. The Italian menu at Romulus & Remus was very popular so the team have decided to stick with the theme for the most part. Customers can expect pizza, pasta, lamb ribs, pulled pork and beef lasagna and more.
648 Bridge Road
Sun – Wed: 12:00pm to 11:00pm
Thu: 12:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am