Melbourne Pub Articles for the Weekend

I know, I know, I’ve been a little AWOL over the last week. Don’t fret, I’ve been out taking photos for future posts and I hope to start posting these some time this week. In the mean time here are a few links I’ve come across recently: We used to be a nation of lager lovers, but has the recent sale of Fosters installed Ale as Australia’s prefered beer? http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/lager-louts-are-out-in-this-ale-nation/story-fn6ck8la-1226218314069 Speaking of the sale of Fosters to SABMiller, it looks like one of the priorities for the new company is revitalising traditional brands such as VB and Carlton Draught… because of course Carlton Draught haven’t done much marketing over the last couple of years have...

A Few Good Links

A few links to help get you through your Thursday: The portable pub… One of these would be sweet for taking to the footy. Do you think security would notice? One of my internet searches turned up this gem of an article about Australia’s drinking history and etiquette. Very well written and pretty damn funny. I just discovered the Ballarat Beer Festival. It’s happening in January and it looks really well organised. Should be a great showcase for Victoria’s best craft beer. This article about The East Brunsick Club was in yesterday’s Age. It seems pubs all over Melbourne are being turned into apartment blocks. If I ran an inner city pub but didn’t actually own the building I’d be pretty damn nervous whenever the lease came up for renewal. Share...

Purvis Cellars Christmas Beer Showcase

Another quick update. They don’t call this the silly season for nothing. There are a few new posts in the works but in the meantime here is a little event some of you might be interested in. Purvis Cellars are having a Christmas beer tasting showcase. A must for any beer lover. It’s on Thursday the 8th of December at their Surrey Hills store from 6pm-8pm. You need to book so if you’re interested then follow the link to find out more. http://www.purviscellars.com.au/Tasting.aspx   Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle +1StumbleUponEmail

Article in today’s Age

Thanks to Joh for sending me this link. It seems I’m not the only one who fears that some on Melbourne’s grand old pubs are loosing their heart and soul: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/restaurants-and-bars/the-man-with-a-plan-for-citys-top-pubs-20111128-1o327.html   Share this:FacebookTwitterGoogle +1StumbleUponEmail

Pub Review – The Bridge Hotel Richmond

Pub Review – The Bridge Hotel Richmond

In the short history of this blog I’ve mentioned The Bridge Hotel quite a few times. It’s not that I have a particular fascination with this pub, or that I’m friends with the owner, or that they give me free beer for saying nice things (though that is one of my stated aims of this whole blog thing. I definitely can be bought, and cheaply too). It’s just that a) I live close to it and have been watching the redevelopments with interest since April, b) they just happen to have re-opened last weekend, and c) they have really made a very interesting space that deserves its own post. So, what’s the big deal with The Bridge? Well, simply put, there is not a pub in Melbourne that’s quite like it. This review follows on well from my last post about the way...

Different flavours of pubs

Different flavours of pubs

Spend any decent amount of time in the pubs of our fair city and you will come across one with an old-time pub map up on the wall. These maps plot the location of all known pubs in a particular suburb since settlement. From memory the Mountain View Hotel in Richmond has one. The telling thing about these maps is the sheer number of pubs plotted on them -  they’re on every corner.  Pubs were obviously a very important part of Melbourne’s culture. As well, they were quite a profitable business venture. Fast forward to today and only a fraction of these pubs still exist. Simply speaking, it’s now very difficult to turn a profit from beer sales alone. You see, back in the day your local was the only place you could buy alcohol. You couldn’t buy beer at a...

The Bridge Hotel Opens After Renovations

The Bridge Hotel Opens After Renovations

In the interest of full disclosure I should point out that The Bridge wasn’t actually open when I took this photo. I was riding past on my way home from work at about 4:30pm. There were tables out on the sidewalk as if it was open and people walking in and out of the joint. Not construction-looking people either. Real people. Working people. Anyway, the sign on the door said “Sorry, we are closed. We will open 5pm Friday.” So, by my watch it’s been open again for three hours now. I’ll have to check it out this weekend. In other news, sorry it’s been such a quiet week. I’ve been writing some posts but haven’t been quite ready to publish them. Rest assured though I’ll release my next post on Monday. It’s my...