Flying Blind: Australia's First-Ever Airport Brewery Takes Off And The Owner Wants Your Puns
Melbourne airport has become home to Australia's first ever airport brewery and owners are giving passengers the chance to name some of their beers.
The Melbourne-based Stomping Ground Brewing Co will be one of only four airport breweries in the world.
The company has been a regular at Melbourne airport with pop-up bars for the past two summers, and now they're there to stay.
"We had a soft opening on Saturday and we are happy with our first brew today," said Stomping Ground's Co-Founder Guy Greenstone.
The brewery will be the first of its kind in Australia and will look to brew 30 different beers a year.
The brewery is also welcoming passengers to name some of the beers that are brewed on'site, with the best 'aviation puns' received to end up on the beer cans.
It will be located in departures Terminal 3 just after security checks and will be accessible to all travelers -- but it doesn't come without its challenges.
"The challenges are getting everything through security. Every grain of malt is having to go through security," Greenstone said.
Greenstone has said 'take away tinnies' will be available for those on the move, which is probably a smart move given the location.
"We aren't available all over the place so it will be good if you want to take a few interstate.
"The airport looked to Melbourne and wanted to bring a slice of Melbourne to the airport and we are so happy we are seen as a part of that."
Melbourne Airport Chief of Retail Andrew Gardiner has said that the brewery is part of the airport’s efforts to create a sense of place at the airport.
“We are focused on bringing Melbourne’s iconic culinary scene to the airport and this latest development showcases inner-city Melbourne at its best.”
Stomping Ground’s first airport-brew will be a Resilience Beer for Bushfire Relief, with all sales going to support those affected by the bushfires.