When Little Bang Brewing’s Filip Kemp and Ryan Davidson started out five years ago, they outgrew their first brewing space in Fil’s garage within six months.
They moved into a brewery on Union Street in Stepney, but a few years down the track, and they were again bursting at the seams.
So this week they’re on the move again, just one street away to a warehouse on Henry Street in Stepney. And at 100 square metres, the new spot is six times bigger than its predecessor.
One half of the new brewery is the bar, with beer hall seating, lounges and plenty of space to hang out, plus arcade games, and a barrel room for functions.
The open bar will have 20 taps, with 16 for their owns beers and four that will rotate between other local brews and some more unusual international ones.
There’s also space for a kitchen, which is part of stage two of the new build.
“We’re looking to get that up and running in the first quarter next year,” said Fil.
“We’ll have our own in-house chef, and probably steer a bit away from the traditional beer food, like burgers and pizza, and maybe do something different.”
For now, the food trucks that used to visit the old brewery will be following them to the new spot, with plenty more space to sit and eat.
The rest of the warehouse is dedicated to production – Fil said they’ll be able to increase their output from 100,000 litres last year to 250,000 litres in the next 12 months, and eventually 500,000 litres a year.
The added space has also meant they can add an in-house canning line, so they no longer have to send it off-site for packaging. Fil said they hope that means they’ll be able to put plenty more of their 36 beers in cans (they only have six canned options at the moment).
The new brewery officially opens December 13, and will be open Thursday 4-10pm, Friday and Saturday noon-10pm, and Sunday noon-6pm.
Little Bang Brewing Co is at 25 Henry Street, Stepney. For more, see littlebang.com.au.
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