The landscape surrounding Melbourne City lends itself perfectly to not only winemaking, but beer production, too. The Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse is set in the sprawling green expanse of the Yarra Valley, one of the most verdant landscapes in the country. It was originally set up to act as a creative and collaborative space for the founders to share their passion about all things beer and cider.
Though it’s not immediately known for its beer, the Yarra Valley has a history of beer dating back to the early 1800s when hops were a popular crop to grow. Today, many of the hop farms have disappeared (bar the odd hop kiln here and there), but Napoleone is dedicated to making sure beer and cider production remain an important part of the valley.
Beer at the Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse
The brewers at Napoleone are dedicated to creating innovative flavours against an old school structure. The beers produced here have classic flavours and are still created using traditional techniques.
Cider at the Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse
Cider is just an important part of the brewery as beer, and Napoleone remain pioneers of the drink in the region. Here, you can expect to taste crisp, clean flavours that have a fruity focus to them. There are no added sugars or concentrate in the ciders created at the Napoleone.
Meletos at the Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse
The in-house restaurant at the Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse doubles up as a regional café and a gourmet pizzeria that boasts both a pretty venue space for regular events and a boutique guesthouse, which is perfect if you’re looking for an intimate stay in the region.
The restaurant is run by Chef Neil Cunningham and serves up delicious local dishes with ingredients sourced from all over the Yarra Valley and Victoria. There are plenty of local wines to tuck into alongside your meal, too, all of which have been home grown on the lush vineyards around the valley.
If you’re a keen beer or cider enthusiast (or even if you simply want to try some local flavours from around Australia), a trip to the Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse is in order. While there, you can sample unique flavours at the Cellar Door, learn more about the beer and cider making process in the Yarra Valley, and buy some of your own tipple to take home with you.