Food and Drink
Posted by Dan Kuseta
23. Jul, 2012
As if Brunswick East wasn’t likeable enough already, it upped the charm to 11 this week with the opening of The Alehouse Project.
Taking over the space where the The Comfortable Chair used to to sit, this new pub joins Temple Brewery, Thunder Road Brewing and Atticus Finch in bringing the joys of craft beer to the lucky inhabitants of the area.
Andrew Tynan worked at The Local Taphouse and owned Grumpy’s Green before starting his new project. He tells me he wants The Alehouse Project to be ‘the sort of place punters can enjoy some top notch brews without any airs and graces.’ Suits me.
Inside the interior is now long, communal benches and an immense wooden bar (though in a nod to the former tenants, there’s still comfy couches and a tabletop arcade machine out back.) Beyond that lies a beer garden. And vampires, if the sign’s to be believed.
On tap you’ll find 12 rotating beers, from the hyper-local (the Saison from Temple, around the corner) to the cracking good Hop Hop IPA from Feral Brewing in WA. There’s also an impressive range of bottled brews, including the no-holes-barred Black Lung II Whiskey Barrel-Aged Smokey Stout from Abbotsford’s Moon Dog Brewery.
Food-wise Kiwi chef Adele Stevens (ex-Newmarket) is developing a menu matched to the various beers – as we speak dishes like stout-braised osso bucco are being created. The menu should be ready to roll out over the next few weeks, and until then Andrew reckons he’s got ‘a liberal policy on people bringing in food’.
Down the track the pub will be hosting events like ‘hop takeovers’ where all 12 taps will feature the hoppiest beers in the land, plus there’s live music too.
And if you’re waiting for a tram in the morning The Alehouse Project even sells coffee and home made muffins through the window from 7am – 11am weekdays.
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