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The Two Birds Brewing gals are now pouring beers fresh from their own brew-house with chicken skin snacks on the side

This brewery has been a long time coming. For years, Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen of Two Birds Brewing have been a mobile operation, renting tank space to turn out their Sunset Ales. But finally, they’ve downed roots at a place of their own. Better yet, it's got six taps a pouring to the public, and some very clever food from Rockwell and Sons.

The Nest is pretty far out in the wild west. Some would call that a rsiky move, but you've got to love beer fans – they’re a dedicated bunch, and it’s quickly become a destination. On a Sunday, schools of local families with pyjama-clad children are getting on with northside craft beer lovers, and pretty much everyone is out to get loose. Easy done when each bar trip scores you a palate of samples. Two Bird's signature Sunset Ale and Golden Ale are on offer, as is their new lightweight Bantam IPA and Lewis's citrus, coriander and lime Taco Beer – refreshing! There are also rotating guest taps from the Bird’s favourite breweries, and if you like it, you can also take it home in a growler.

Not into beer? They also have basic spirits and sodas, and a thrillingly unspecified “red” and “white” wine by the glass. But their Red Snapper is a real winner – a Bloody Mary made with gin and garnished with a very phallic arrangement of a cornichon between olives, a stick of celery and house-made ancho chile beef jerky. Do not pass go.

Apparently, there’s only a small combi oven and a double induction stove in the kitchen, but Casey Wall – the Rockwell and Sons chef currently holding the title for Melbourne’s best Southern Fried chicken and sliuttiest burger, stuffed with Kraft cheese – still manages to pump out beer-friendly snacks. The parmesan biscuits sandwiching goat’s curd are like Arnott’s Cheds, with a touch of class. Double your gribenes order – it’s fried chicken skin with a Jewish name, here made non-kosher with a whipped side of soft cheese quark and pickled red onions. There’s also an expertly constructed roast chicken terrine and a smoked hot dog covered in pork mince chilli with a zig-zag of mustard, white onions and house-made pickles.

If getting on a train and going a handful of stops past Footscray scares you, don’t let it. The Nest is only a 400-metre stumble from the station, and if you come early enough, you can jam in a trip to Candied Bakery for an apple pie thick shake. Looking delicious, Spotswood.

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By Jess Ho   |   Photos by Graham Denholm

Two Birds Brewery details

136 Hall St, Spotswood 3015

Telephone 03 9762 0000

Nearby Stations: Spotswood

Price per person including drinks up to $20.00

Open Thu 4-10pm; Fri 4-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-9pm

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