Bad Shepherd

Brewer

Name
Bad Shepherd
Address

386 Reserve Road
Cheltenham
VIC 3192

Phone
(03) 8555 3175
Open Hours

Mon & Tues: 4.30pm onwards
Wed to Thurs: midday to 11pm
Fri & Sat: midday to midnight
Sunday: midday to 8pm

Regular events

Wednesday: 50c wings all evening, with around seven different wing sauces and rubs available.

It takes a particular set of skills – and a lot of hard work – to set up a brewery and restaurant in a spot very few beer people would have visited – or indeed had cause to visit – and then have people lining up for tables in the first week. But for anyone who makes the trip to Cheltenham brewpub Bad Shepherd it’s quite clear this is a project that was planned to perfection, right down to the recycled pallet walls dotted around the dining room.

Brewer Dereck Hales, along with his wife and venue manager Diti, have created a space that Cheltenham was clearly crying out for, with their menu of American barbeque food and finely curated beer list both proving popular with local businesses and those from further afield from its first days in November 2015.

The beer list makes a feature of Bad Shepherd’s own creations, including a luscious Hazelnut Brown with a cult following their Victorian Pale Ale, which uses nothing but Victorian ingredients and creates a particular sense of pride for the family-run, indie brewery. But it's a taplist that rotates often to pour the many, many limited releases that have found the brewery fans in their own backyard and further afield.

A good tap list alone doesn't make a brewpub, however; it needs a food menu to match, and on that point Bad Shepherd delivers. In developing the venue, Dereck and Diti wanted to create a space that matched their own style of entertaining at their home. That is: great beer on tap and American-style barbecue, including brisket, pulled pork and lamb ribs. Just as they make sure their beer is lovingly presented, for Bad Shepherd, the food menu is all about letting the meat shine and serving it in a way that brings people together.

One of the best opportunities to enjoy beer and meat together is through the brewpub's intimate Flights of Fancy nights that take place a few times a month. The evenings see menu items matched with new release beer with head chef Kyle Downward demonstrating how he prepares and cooks his meat while the brew crew chat about the perfectly paired beers.

With clientele going beyond beer lovers searching out new brews to encompass nearby office workers ducking in to grab a sandwich for lunch and families chatting over the hubbub of happy children, Bad Shepherd has created something of a community hub for Cheltenham. And, from the off, the suburb seems to be more than happy to be led into temptation.

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Core Range

Bad Shepherd Hazy IPA
Hazy IPA
6.0%
Bad Shepherd Victoria Pale Ale
Summer Ale
4.2%
Bad Shepherd Passionfruit Sour
Passionfruit Sour
4.0%
Bad Shepherd Lager
Lager
4.0%
Bad Shepherd American Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
5.2%
Bad Shepherd Hazelnut Brown
Hazelnut Brown Ale
5.9%
Bad Shepherd Tiny IPA
Session IPA
3.5%

Limited Releases

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew 23: Red IPA
Red IPA
6.0%
Bad Shepherd California IPA
California IPA
6.5%
Bad Shepherd Mango Splice
Mango Sour
4.0%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew 22: The Dreamer
New England IPA
5.5%
Bad Shepherd Salted Caramel Milk Stout
Salted Caramel Milk Stout
5.0%
Bad Shepherd Altbier & Lime Pavlova
Altbier & Lime Sour
5.0% & 4.0%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew 21: Doppelbock
Doppelbock
6.5%
Bad Shepherd Brewing Take Off, Eh!
Maple Red Ale
5.0%
Bad Shepherd X CoConspirators The Roadie
West Coast IPA
6.5%
Bad Shepherd Trop Bomb
Tropical IPA
6.5%
Bad Shepherd x Boilermaker House The Beauregarde Effect
Blueberry Hazy Pale
4.5%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew 19: Singapore Sling Sour
Sour
4.5%
Bad Shepherd The Caddy Victoria Ale
Pale Ale
3.7%
Bad Shepherd Low Carb
Low-Carb Pale Ale
4.0%
Bad Shepherd & That Spirited Lot Pink Gin Fizz
Gin Sour
4.5%
Bad Shepherd Lemon Sherbet IPA & Red Sangria Sour
White IPA & Sour
5.5% & 5.9%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew 18: Coffee Infused American Brown Ale
Brown Ale
5.0%
Bad Shepherd American Red
American Red Ale
5.0%
Bad Shepherd Imperial Stouts: 12 Month Aged & Rum Spiked
Imperial Stouts
9.2% & 9.6%
Bad Shepherd x Tallboy & Moose x Sea Legs x Wayward Tabernak & Lights & Sounds
Cream Ale & IPA
5.0% & 6.4%
Bad Shepherd Portello Jelly
Cream Sour Ale
7.0%
Bad Shepherd Jun IPA
Juniper IPA
6.4%
Bad Shepherd Raspberry Spider Cream Sour
Cream Sour
5.0%
Bad Shepherd Non-Alc Passionfruit Sour & Summer Punch
Ultra-Low-Alc Sours
Less than 0.5% & 1.1%
Bad Shepherd Citrus Radler
Citrus Radler
3.5%
Bad Shepherd Ginger Pale & Mango Mojito Sour
Ginger Pale Ale & Cocktail Sour
4.7% & 4.0%
Bad Shepherd New World IPA (2021)
West Coast IPA
6.8%
Bad Shepherd Belgian Blond
Belgian Blond
6.5%
Bad Shepherd Oat Cream IPA III
Oat Cream IPA
8.0%
Bad Shepherd Gin Fizz Sour
Cocktail Sour
4.8%
Bad Shepherd Double Juicy Hazy IPA (2021)
Hazy DIPA
8.0%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 15: XPA
XPA
4.7%
Bad Shepherd Oat Cream IPA II
Oat cream IPA
7.6%
Bad Shepherd Peanut Butter & Jam & Alkonost 2021
Various
7% & 9.2%
Bad Shepherd Oat Cream IPA
Oat Cream IPA
7.5%
Bad Shepherd Wolves in the Flock
DDH American Brown
6.0%
Bad Shepherd The Professor's Pilzner & Orange Creamsicle
Pilsner & Milkshake IPA
5.0% & 10.0%
Bad Shepherd Lemon Cheesecake Imperial Sour
Lemon Cream Sour
7.0%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 14: The Haze Of Revan
Black NEIPA
6.2%
Bad Shepherd Aries ESB
ESB
4.9%
Bad Shepherd Rum Barrel-Aged Piña Colada Sour & Double Choc Hazelnut Brown
Barrel-Aged Cocktail Beer & Double Hazelnut Brown Ale
7.6% & 7.2%
Bad Shepherd Poseidon 2021 & Flower Power ft Blasta
IIIPA & Spiced Session Ale
10.0% & 3.3%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 13: Lychee & Green Tea Lager
Spiced Lager
4.0%
Bad Shepherd Berry Parfait
Berry Cream Sour
5.5%
Bad Shepherd Homegrown Session IPA
Session IPA
4.0%
Bad Shepherd Break Yo' Fast
Smoked Maple Amber Ale
5.0%
Bad Shepherd Tepache Spiced Beer
Spiced Mexican Lager
5.0%
Bad Shepherd Lime & Pomegranate Sour
Fruit Sour
4.0%
Bad Shepherd Pacific IPA
IPA
5.5%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 12: Bayside Golden Strong
Belgian Golden Strong Ale
8.0%
Bad Shepherd Piña Colada Sour
Piña Colada Sour
4.0%
Bad Shepherd The Almighty IIPA 2020
Imperial IPA
8.5%
Bad Shepherd Saved By The Brett
Barrel-Aged Brett Saison
8.0%
Bad Shepherd Russian Imperial Stout Series 2020
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts
All 9.0%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 11: Sticky Date Stout
Dessert Stout
7.5%
Bad Shepherd Double Juicy Hazy IPA
Double Hazy IPA
8.0%
Bad Shepherd Strawberry Milkshake IPA 2020
Strawberry Milkshake IPA
6.0%
Bad Shepherd Peanut Butter Porter 2020
Peanut Butter Porter
6.4%
Bad Shepherd Poseidon IIPA
IIIPA
10.0%
Bad Shepherd Unicorn Beer & Lumberjack IPA
IPA Variants
5.5% & 6.0%
Bad Shepherd Red IPA & South Island Sour & Double Choc Hazelnut Brown
Various styles
Bad Shepherd & Fat Goat Schlimme Ziege
Hoppy Hefeweizen
5.0%
Bad Shepherd The Almighty 2019 & Passionfruit Sour
Imperial IPA & Fruit Sour
8.5% / 4.0%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 9: Peanut Butter Porter
Porter
6.7%
Bad Shepherd Red Zeppelin & Oatmeal Stout
Red IPA & Oatmeal Stout
6.0% & 5.5%
Bad Shepherd Jaffa Milkshake IPA
Milkshake Black IPA
5.6%
Bad Shepherd Alkonost Russian Imperial Stout
Russian Imperial Stout
9.2%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 8: Rose & Hibiscus Gose
Rose & Hibiscus Gose
4.2%
Bad Shepherd Strawberry Milkshake IPA
Strawberry Milkshake IPA
6.0%
Bad Shepherd Grapefruit IPA
Grapefruit IPA
5.8%
Bad Shepherd Almighty IIPA 2018
Imperial IPA
9.2%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 6: Sour Dark Saison
Sour Dark Saison
6.2%
Bad Shepherd Citrus & Cedar American IPA
Citrus & Cedar IPA
6.5%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 5: Pineapple Sour
Pineapple Sour Ale
3.5%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 4: Amber Rye Ale
Rye Amber Ale
5.0%
Bad Shepherd The Almighty 2017
Imperial IPA
9.2%
Bad Shepherd Russian Imperial Stout 2017
Russian Imperial Stout
10.1%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 3: Baltic Porter
Spiced Baltic Porter
8.1%
Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 2: SMASH IPA
Australian IPA
6.0%
Bad Shepherd Double Choc Hazelnut Brown

Bad Shepherd Brew Crew Series 1: ESB
ESB
4.9%
Bad Shepherd The Almighty IIPA
Imperial IPA
9.2%
Bad Shepherd IPA
New World IPA
6.8%
Bad Shepherd Oatmeal Stout
Oatmeal Stout
5.5%
Bad Shepherd Red IPA
Red IPA
6.2%
Bad Shepherd Raspberry Wheat
Raspberry Wheat Beer
4.6%
Bad Shepherd California Lager
Steam Beer
4.7%