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Little Creatures Brewery

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I just got back from a bit of a getaway to Geelong to visit some very close family friends that I had not seen in years. I had expected to go out and explore Geelong and feature some posts on the region. However unfortunately my immune system had other plans and I ended up spending most of the time inside with a blanket and some cold and flu meds.

The Front Entrance of Little Creatures Brewery
The Front Entrance of Little Creatures Brewery

 

But I did manage to go to one amazing place and that was Little Creatures Brewery. In contrast to Café Di Stasio, which was the worst dining experience I have had in years, Little Creatures Brewery was everything I love in a dining experience.

Part of the old heritage building that Little Creatures Brewery is housed in
Part of the old heritage building that Little Creatures Brewery is housed in
Old shipping container display on the walk from the carpark
Old shipping container display on the walk from the carpark

From the moment we drove into the place I knew Little Creatures was completely different. It’s a working brewery housed in a heritage listed building with a huge dining/café area that was buzzing with people. The building itself has so much character and you can tell the team behind Little Creatures put in enormous amounts of effort to maintain the history, heritage and old world look of the place. I loved it- as you can probably tell from the amount of photos I took.

The outside terrace of the Little Creatures Brewery- a bit too cold for us on that day!
The outside terrace of the Little Creatures Brewery- a bit too cold for us on that day!

 

Some of the outside decor at Little Creatures Brewery
Some of the outside decor at Little Creatures Brewery

The signs directing you to parking, to the café and labelling certain parts of the brewery are rustic so they don’t feel out of place on the buildings. The inside is completely refurbished but the roof is still part of the old building and the rustic design is mirrored inside. The bar itself is actually a shipping container! I was wowed by this place even before I had tasted any of the food or drank any of the beer.

The shipping container beer at Little Creatures Brewery
The shipping container bar at Little Creatures Brewery

 

The cute apple crate bicycles at Little Creatures Brewery
The cute apple crate bicycles at Little Creatures Brewery

Perhaps my favourite part of the place was the old style bicycles parked at the front with apple crates attached to them. Apparently you can hire those if you want to explore the area. They were so cute!

 

Waiting for a table at Little Creatures Brewery
Waiting for a table at Little Creatures Brewery

Despite the fact that the place was packed the service was great- we were led to a table pretty quickly even though we were a party of 8.

A very busy lunchtime for the staff at Little Creatures Brewery
A very busy lunchtime for the staff at Little Creatures Brewery

Our friend swore by the bbq lamb ribs so we ordered a plate each, along with a huge bowl of fries. The menu selection is pretty small- about 8 or so wood-oven pizzas are offered along with another 8-10 mains and 4 entrees. But this is how they maintain the quality of the food and are also able to get your food to you so quickly.

Lamb Ribs aka heaven on a plate at Little Creatures Brewery
Lamb Ribs aka heaven on a plate at Little Creatures Brewery

Then the ribs came- Oh My God! You know you have a good plate of ribs when you can suck the bone dry because the meat literally slides off it. The seasoning on them was a cajun sort of spice and not so spicy which was ideal for my mum and sister. They were so delicious I could come back every day and just eat the ribs. I probably could have sat there and eaten all five plates despite the fact that I wasn’t feeling well. Apparently they tried to do them a quicker ‘cheat’ way at some point but got such bad feedback they went straight back to slow cooking them. These are literally the best ribs I have ever had, probably the best meat I have ever tasted. These things are best eaten with fingers- it’s part of the whole finger licking good experience.

Huge bowl of chips with garlic aioli at Little Creatures Brewery
Huge bowl of chips with garlic aioli at Little Creatures Brewery

The chips were also delicious- cooked to perfection and accompanied with yummy garlic aioli.

Sitting down for our meal at Little Creatures Brewery
Sitting down for our meal at Little Creatures Brewery

One of the kids also ate the wood-oven pizza with prosciutto, mozzarella and rocket and it looked amazing. They have a pizza station where you can see them making the pizzas and putting them into the genuine wood oven pizza. I don’t think you can go wrong with whatever you order in this place but if someone on your table is ordering the ribs you are probably best to do the same unless you want to end up with a massive case of food envy.

 

A pint of Cider at Little Creatures Brewery
A pint of Cider at Little Creatures Brewery

I also ordered some cider, brewed right there in the Little Creatures Brewery. Because Little Creatures is a working brewery you can find many varieties of their own branded beer on the menu, and you can even sign up for brewery tours that depart from the café area. I’m pretty fussy when it comes to ciders- I like them to be more of a dry cider as I hate any type of sweet alcohol. This one was really good- luckily I ordered the Pint!

Brewery Tours at Little Creatures Brewery
Brewery Tours at Little Creatures Brewery
The beer display at Little Creatures Brewery
The beer display at Little Creatures Brewery

Geelong is on the way to the Great Ocean Road so I definitely recommend anyone going that way to stop off at this place for an amazing meal and an amazing experience. It’s also only an hour from Melbourne and I would seriously drive all that way just to eat those ribs again!

They also have a smaller dining hall in Melbourne but you don’t get the same experience as actually being in the restored building- and they don’t have ribs on the menu!

 

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5 Comments

  1. Hey Britt!

    Sorry for the random comment on the Tara Bulga post, the comment box jumped around when I tried to type. Anyway, I will definitely try and make that day trip this summer – I have moved to Melbourne this year and despite doing lots of research, I’d never heard of it! Will also add Little Creatures brewery to my list, a good focus for a trip to Geelong. Enjoying your blog!
    Genevieve

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