As soon as Victoria's second COVID lockdown ended towards the end of 2020, there was a rush of good news from some of the state's breweries, who'd clearly been using the time well. Among them was the team at Blackman's, who had secured a site in the Geelong suburb of Grovedale to build a production brewery and venue.
The award-winning, family-run brewery had hit capacity on the kit at their Torquay brewpub so installed a 25 hectolitre system at the new site so they could shift most of their production there while focusing on even more limited releases at their original home.
As well as installing a brewery in the new build warehouse, they've opened a third venue, ensuring the beer lovers of Geelong who were missing the Good Beer Bar they closed a few months earlier (because of what was being built in Grovedale) have a new destination to enjoy Blackman's beers.
They get to choose from plenty too – the container bar featured 16 taps with a seating deck on top of it where guests can look over the brewery and the benches and tables in the main part of the venue. There's a wall of fridges full of their beers and seltzers too.
Given brewery founders Renn and Jess Blackman have as many kids as they now have venues (at least at time of writing), they've installed a quality kids play area and anyone feeling peckish will be able to enjoy food truck style dishes too.
All in all, it brings the vibes anyone familiar with the Blackman's story will recognise: bold splashes of colour, including bright murals, a mixture of bench and booth seating, good beers and smiles aplenty (plus a table tennis table in this case). What's not to like?