In March, 2012, I posted about the future of the mill which, after 50 years in operation, ceased production in the 1970s. In 2011, the entire mill complex was sold to the Little Creatures Brewery - a Fremantle-based company - who developed the site as an east coast base for their brewing operations. For months we have seen the comings and goings as the works have taken place. On some occasions we even watched as picket lines blocked the front gates.
|Little Creatures Brewery, cnr Fyans and Swanston Sts, South Geelong|
But finally, on 10th December, 2013 the doors were opened and Little Creatures' was ready to serve the people of Geelong. In addition to their brewing operations, the new brewery houses a large canteen on the premises which serves their own beers and ciders in addition to a selection of locally-produced wines and a light menu for those wishing to have a bite to eat with their beverage of choice.
|Strolling from the gateway through the old mill complex|
|Please queue through the shipping container to the right...|
|More like a street party than your average canteen|
On this occasion we sat outside facing a herb-oriented wall garden as the waiters came and went, chasing the brightly-coloured, sparkly hats which are used to identify order numbers.
|The vertical garden with recycled planters|
|Hops, malt and water|
|The view indoors|
So now those who are out there enjoying the surrounds of the Barwon, can break their ride, run, walk with a 300m detour up Swanston Street for a refreshing ale and a bite to eat.