If you’re a lover of Australian beer, interested in the history and practice of brewing beer, or simply looking for a unique Melbourne experience, then the Carlton Brewhouse is the place for you. Offering a variety of tours, especially for groups of more than 10, the Carlton Brewhouse is home to Carlton beers, and a diverse range of other beverages. See how they’re made, and what goes into the practice of brewing, all while learning about the interesting history of brewing beers in Australia.

Highlights

  • Guided Tour – The Carlton Brewhouse offers an in-depth tour of the brewery facility that includes a beer tasting at its conclusion. The tour takes around an hour and a half, and is guided by an expert Carlton Brewhouse employee. You’ll be able to see all the behind the scenes area of the brewery, and learn about how the beer is produced on site, and the history of the beverage, the Carlton Brewhouse, and Carlton in Australia.

  • Cafe and Bar – At the Carlton Brewhouse site there is also a cafe and bar. The cafe, known as the Brewhouse Cafe, is open from 11:30am to 3:30pm on Monday to Friday, as well as on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. The Carlton Brewhouse Bar is open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm, and serves some of the freshest beer in Melbourne. Either can be visited before or after the tour, or in place of one, to fully experience the brewery atmosphere.

  • Events and Venue Hire – The Carlton Brewhouse offers three distinct venues for hire suitable for a number of different events including weddings, birthdays, engagements, and even corporate events and celebrations. The most impressive venue is the BrewHall, with a dance floor, 10 tab bar, and outdoor Brewers Yard space complete with AV facilities to fit up to 400 guests. The Victoria Room and Crown Room are the other venues, and include AV facilities, dining options and a variety of packages and themes to suit.

Prices

Single Visitors

A 1.5 hour tour for people travelling by themselves, or in groups less than 10, costs $25 and includes the behind the scenes tours and beer tasting.

Groups

Tour Option Cost Group Size
Brewery Tour: 1 hour tour of brewery incl. beer tasting $20 per person Minimum 10 people
Brewery Tour & Pub Meal: 1 hour brewery tour, incl. beer tasting and traditional pub meals for lunch $35 per person Minimum 10 people
Brewery Tour with Beer & Food Matching: 1 hour tour of brewery, incl. four large canapes and matched beers $45 per person Minimum 10 people
Private Brewery Tour: 1 hour tour at dedicated time (within opening hours), with private group (no public guests permitted), incl. beer tasting $50 per hour Up to 25 people
After Hours Exclusive Package: 1 hour brewery tour, incl. beer tastings, choice of pub meals for dinner, and one hour beer and cider package $50 per person Minimum 25 guests

Tips

  • Groups – Discounts and better tour options are available for groups, so if you’re travelling with 10 people or more make sure that you check out the options available for larger groups of travellers.
  • Production Timing – The Carlton Brewhouse really shines when everything is working and beer is in production, but this doesn’t happen all year around. Make sure that you either email or call ahead to find out the production schedule so you can see the brewery with all its working parts.
  • Shop – The Carlton Brewhouse has a souvenir and goods shop on site where visitors can buy a variety of branded and novelty items related to the brewhouse, and the Carlton brand.

Transport

  • Tram: Take the 109 tram east towards Box Hill from Collins Street in Melbourne CBD. Alight at stop No. 22 and walk one block backwards before turning right down Thompson St.
  • Car: Drive 15 minutes (about 5km) from Melbourne’s CBD to Abbotsford, Victoria. The Brewhouse is on the corner of Nelson and Thompson Streets, and free parking is available on site for visitors.

History

The Carlton Brewhouse is a part of the Carlton and United Breweries (CUB) company. One of Australia’s most iconic beer companies, their history dates back to 1824. Now, they brew some of Australia’s most well-known beers, including Victorian Bitter, Carlton Draught, Cascade, Crown Lager, Melbourne Bitter, Pure Blonde and Foster’s, as well as a number of ciders like Strongbow and Bulmers.

Interesting Facts

  • The Brewhouse brews 20 beers, and packs around 420 million litres of beer every year, that’s about 1.1 billion stubbies, or 280 Olympic swimming pools full of beer.
  • Until the early 1990s the Carlton Brewhouse was one of the largest breweries in the southern hemisphere.

One Review

  1. shae23
    shae23
    Australia 74 Comments
     -  28 Jun 2017

    Excellent

    My friends and I loved the Carlton Brewhouse; great beer, funny guides and super affordable. We also loved the area around the brewhouse, Carlton has amazing cafes and it is so easy to get around on the tram.

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