MELBOURNE | Co-conspirators Brewing Co. is a brewery that I’ve been a fan of since day one. It began life when home brewers and couples Maggie and Deon Smit, and Tim Martin and Jacqui Sacco, met at the Merri Mashers homebrew club. They decided to “co-conspire” to create beer on a commercial scale, and in late 2016 launched their first beer under the Co-conspirators name.
They’ve gone from strength to strength ever since, releasing a diverse range of beers, with characters brought to life by local artist Clint Weaver aka Pocket Beagles. They’ve brewed their beers at various breweries around town over the years, and now they have a place to call their own.
Located in an renovated warehouse in Brunswick, the Co-conspirators brewpub is a large, spacious, colourful venue. There’s capacity for 200 people, a family zone with play area for kids, beer garden to the side, and space for a future kitchen.
There’s 22 taps behind the bar, featuring the brewery’s core range plus a rotating selection of seasonal and limited creations, and a few guest taps. If you’re not familiar with the beers, start with the fantastic Matriarch, a 6.5% ABV New England IPA. Also try the Butcher, a full flavoured 6.0% Red IPA. If you’re not a beer drinker, there’s also a decent range of quality wines and spirits.
The aforementioned kitchen isn’t up and running yet, but you can order in delicious food from nearby Small Axe Kitchen and Green Acre Pizza in the interim.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the early days of the Co-conspirators journey, check out this Brunswick Beer Collective podcast episode, which Chris, Jeff, and I recorded with the crew on the day they launched their first ever beer.
Co-conspirators Brewing Co.
377 Victoria Street
Sun, Wed – Thu: 11:00am to 11:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 1:00am