MELBOURNE | Molly Rose Brewing Co. have been brewing beer since 2017 and we’ve been awaiting the opening of their Collingwood taproom ever since. After a few delays, the brewery and tap room has finally opened and we can safely say that it was worth the wait.
The brewery is housed inside an old furniture store and has that typical warehouse brewery feel but with a surprisingly homely touch. In part this is down to the fact that a lot of owner and head brewer Nic Sanderly’s heart and soul went into building the brewery. In fact, he built most of the venue himself. The narrow space has seating and tables at the front, then narrows down to a bar on one side and benches, tables and seats opposite. Further back are barrels filled with beer being aged, and the brewing equipment.
In the short time that it’s been around, Molly Rose has become known its innovative beers, developed with the knowledge that Sanderly gained while travelling and learning about beer in Japan, the USA, England and Europe. Matilde, for example, is a Belgium inspired 5.5% Saison fermented with a blend of yeast and Brettanomyces, while Sour Tom is a 5.5% Sour Strawberry Ale that has all the characteristics of a farmhouse ale along with with hints and layers of wine and oak.
At the tap room you’ll find Molly Rose’s full core range of beers along with a constantly rotating selection of limited, seasonal, and one-off releases. Tasters are available for those who want to sample a few things, and the staff make a real effort to tell you the story and concept behind each beer. By the end of it you’ll know more about each beer than you ever thought you would, and your enjoyment of each is all the better for it.
We’ve had several of our non-beer drinking friends find a beer that they like here, but for those who really don’t want a beer there are three to four taps pouring Jemmeson prosecco, pinot grigio and chardonnay. For food, it’s a small selection toasties with flavours like kimchi beef, cheese and mushroom, and kale and blue cheese, along with other small snacks like tomato soup with grilled cheese, and togarashi popcorn.
Molly Rose Brewing Co.
279 Wellington Street
Thu: 4:00pm to 11:00am
Fri – Sun: 12:00pm to 11:00pm