Thunder Road Brewery was founded in 2010 and quickly became a crowd favourite behind their flagship beer, Brunswick Bitter.
Then, in 2017, Matt Evans and Sarah Russell swung the doors open on their Thunder Road Brewhouse in Barkly Street, Brunswick – a location which has since become synonymous with the company.
Their philosophy is great beer should be served in a fun and relaxed family-friendly environment where everyone can enjoy fresh beer straight from the source.
At Thunder Road, the fermentation tanks aren’t enclosed by glass or stuck in the corner behind the bar. Instead, you’re completely surrounded by the stainless-steel giants as you drink. It’s a grand backdrop for any special occasion such as birthdays, weddings, corporate functions or just a drink with mates.
Thunder Road Brewhouse offers a wide range of beers including classics, such as the Full Steam Lager or the aforementioned easy-drinking Brunswick Bitter. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try the Boysenberry Milkshake IPA? It’s brewed with fresh boysenberries and lactose.
Another brew to tempt your tastebuds is the Exotica New England IPA, containing Mosaic and Sabro Hops to create big mango and pineapple flavours. Can’t decide on any one brew? Why not grab a paddle and sample six beers for $18. Want to take the goodness home? Grab a growler of your favourite beer on tap or cans of their new releases.
While beer is the calling card of Thunder Road Brewery, perfectly-paired food options will guarantee your stay is memorable. Head chef Harry Stephens has created a menu that pleases meat eaters and vegans alike. Dishes such as a smoked brisket bun served with pickles, slaw and secret sauce or the hot dog wrapped in bacon with green salsa, cheese and garlic aioli are perfect for the carnivores out there.
Outside of that, the eggplant parma with Napoli sauce and fresh mozzarella salad or the hearty mushroom cheesesteak with sautéed field mushrooms, peppers and vegan cheese will be sure to satisfy our vegetarian guests. All of these tantalising food options are made inside a vintage airstream caravan situated in the leafy courtyard.
Thunder Road boasts a free pinball machine and there’s even a Nintendo 64 with four controllers set up, should you wish to challenge your mates and find out who is the Mario Kart king.
As the weekends kicks off, you can enjoy $7 pints from 4pm – 6pm every Friday. Fridays are also their Beer and Burger Night where you can score both for $15. Alongside their great food and beer deals, Thunder Road is also hosting free weekly trivia every Sunday during July and August. It kicks off at 4pm and bookings are essential if you want to guarantee yourself a table. Vouchers, prizes and beers are up for grabs.
If you like your beers dark then don’t miss Thunder Road’s Winter Beer Festival which is happening all weekend from Friday July 19 – Sunday July 21. The brewery will be showcasing their range of winter-style beers including brand new releases such as their Imperial Stout and Scotch Ale.
The kitchen will also be pumping delicious wintry dishes to warm you up all weekend. Never fear if dark beers are not your thing, however, as the bar will also be concocting a delicious mulled cider to warm you up.
Check out Thunder Road Brewery at 130 Barkly Street, Brunswick. It’s open every Friday from 4pm and on weekends from 12pm. Find out more via their website.