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The superstars of the Melbourne craft beer scene think global and drink local

St Kilda isn’t yet renowned for its craft beer scene but the Local Taphouse has it locked down for the beer fanatics in our beachside suburb. The welcome is warm: punters milling around out front stand aside with a smile as you head in, and even the bouncer offers a grin and a chivalrous swing of the big glass doors. The main bar area is dim and snug, stacked with high tables perfect for bended elbows.
On the small corner stage, the band is an all-dad review, but instead of the goofy rendition of ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ you expect, they tear into some serious Chicago blues. The side room has the feel of an old members’ club with vintage portrait photos, faded rugs and dusty beer bottles lining the display shelf. It’s a dangerously comfortable space. The rooftop courtyard comes complete with roaring fire so you can get some fresh air with your fresh beer no matter the season.
And let’s talk about that beer. The name taphouse is well earned, as these champions of brew pour over 400 beers a year through their constantly changing taps. On a recent visit we sample Red Hill Temptation, a cracking rendition of a strong Belgian golden ale and one of the more complex brews to come from Red Hill. Its 8% ABV lingers as a touch of red-cheeked warmness through the spiced honey palate and silky bubbles. There’s also a full calendar of sudsy events, unsurprising seeing as founders Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone also started the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular. It’s Australia’s biggest beer event, annually turning the Royal Exhibition Building into a giant playground for the hops obsessed, with the Local at the top of the bill as presenting partner.
But epic beers and internationally respected events aside, the Local is just that – a watering hole with comedy on Mondays, trivia on Sundays, and even an indoor bocce court. Whether or not you’re a card-carrying beer-nerd, you’re guaranteed a good time.

Updated on 18 May 2015.

By Fred Siggins   |   Photos by Elaine Reyes

The Local Taphouse details

184 Carlisle St, St Kilda East 3183

Telephone 03 9537 2633

Nearby Stations: Balaclava

Open Daily noon-1am

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