When I moved from eastern Melbourne to the west, I was surprised by how much there is on offer. I don’t need to venture more than a few kilometres from home for anything, from cinemas, to shopping centres, and top-quality cafes and pubs. Now that the west has it’s very own brewery, there are even fewer reasons to leave the ‘hood!
Two Birds Brewery in Spotswood is, in true brewery style, located in a quiet, undeveloped pocket alongside the railway line, and a convenient walk from Spotswood Train Station. We popped in for an afternoon bevvy or two after a long afternoon on the see-saw, and found a few other parents with kidlets had had the same idea. Great pram and wheelchair access via a ramp was a handy start, and the staff we’re most welcoming of our little band of three.
We chatted briefly with co-owner and ‘brewer bird’ Jayne Lewis, who told us that Two Birds had been open just six weeks, but that things had been going fantastically. Indeed, within half an hour of opening, the dining hall was almost full to capacity. Lewis’s business partner Danielle Allen (yep, it’s an all-female team), quit their day jobs to follow their passion, launching the Golden Ale and the Sunset Ale in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
We sampled both varieties, which were both rich and flavourful, as well as the moreish Taco beer: a Mexican-inspired, and very refreshing brew with a hit of lime and coriander. Come summertime, Taco beer will be a hit! Two Birds have partnered with Rockwell and Sons to provide an interesting selection of food accompaniments to your liquid feast, including the fascinating goats cheese shortbread ‘Oreo’. Take home a couple of bottles of Two Birds brew, which you can reuse once empty.
Lewis says that, while the dining hall (The Nest) doesn’t consciously cater for parents with kids (there are no change tables or high chairs), they love having visitors of all sorts. There is plenty for parents to like: staff are welcoming and accommodating, there is room for prams, the brewing equipment is a sight to behold for kids and adults alike, and the bustling atmosphere means nobody notices if your kids are a bit noisy.Address: 136 Hall St, Spotswood Opening hours: Monday -Wednesday: Closed Thursday: 4 pm – 10 pm Friday: 4 pm – 11 pm Saturday: 12 noon – 11 pm Sunday: 12 noon – 9 pm