We are a family-owned brewery. Both Karen and I are hands-on in all aspects of the business, from brewing, marketing, food, café and events. The hops were planted here around 20 years ago and are part of the experience coming to the Red Hill Brewery. Our brewery has no mains water, no sewerage, so everything is designed to be self-sufficient. We were the first brewery on the Mornington Peninsula and we have remained committed to staying independent and brewing great beer.
Could you tell our readers about your menu of beer-friendly food?
We will be launching a new beer-friendly menu of modern burgers and snacks soon. Relaunching the food operations has been slightly on the backburner due to the unknown COVID regulations ever-changing, but we hope to have an exciting and fun food option. In the meantime, we will always have some beer-friendly snacks or food trucks in residence.
Throughout the COVID-19 restrictions, what have you been offering your customers?
Online sales have been the forefront of the focus. Getting beer out into people’s fridges by Friday afternoon has been key to keeping customers happy. Karen has put together some great packs allowing people to order a pack designed for a craft beer-lover, a person wanting to try the range, new beer packs, and to cover a range of budgets. The continued support from loyal customers is amazing.
We’ve heard you kept yourselves busy with renovations. Tell us more!
Firstly, we restyled our whole bar area – a sleek bar, fresh paint, new floors, new art – and we have tiled the whole bar in a nod to the classic tiled, iconic Aussie bars. With more focus on outdoor dining, we have also refurbished our deck and integrated some outdoor garden spaces around the bar to enable more of our guests to enjoy pints in the fresh Red Hill air. We have also been working hard outdoors so the gardens and grounds are looking beautiful too.
Finally, what’s your favourite beer that you’ve created?
Imperial Stout would have to be the favourite, but I’m excited about what we are canning now – watch this space.