Discover the Yarra Valley’s burgeoning craft beer culture and meet other brewing enthusiasts with a guided tour from Melbourne. Stop in at five unique breweries along the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail to sample local beer and cider while learning about the craft brewing process. All tastings and a gourmet lunch are included on this relaxed and social tour.
Explore breweries, cideries and distilleries in the Yarra Valley, from Melbourne
Enjoy a gourmet lunch paired with a tasting paddle and complimentary drink (beer or cider)
Discover dozens of local Yarra Valley beer styles on this small-group tour by air-conditioned minivan
Meet fellow craft beer enthusiasts as you explore the Yarra Valley's burgeoning brew scene with your expert guide
While the Yarra Valley is most famous for its premium wines, beer lovers have much to celebrate with the growing popularity of craft breweries that pepper the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail. Meet your guide for this tasty tour in Federation Square in the late morning, and settle into a comfortable air-conditioned coach for the scenic 1-hour drive to the Yarra Valley. The exact itinerary will vary depending on the day and season, but you can expect to stop at five unique breweries known for their friendly service and top-notch taste. At each stop, learn about the brewing process and get tasting tips from your knowledgeable guide. At Napoleone Ciders, taste ciders made from estate-grown fruit using methods inspired by this craft producer’s winemaking background. Taste lively, crisp ciders made with apple and pear at St Ronan’s Cider, plus fruit-flavored wine and sweet, jewel-colored port. Get a taste of Yarra Valley history at Buckley’s Beer, the oldest brewery in the region, as you sample quality brews at the solar-powered outpost. When hunger strikes, head to Hargreaves Hill for a savory lunch. Start off with a tasting paddle of house made, European-style beers, and then pick your favorite for a full glass to accompany your meal. Later on, pay a visit to Coldstream Brewery for a sampler flight of seasonal ciders and a pub snack, and enjoy a tasting at either Riders Beer or the Public Brewery. Feeling fully satisfied from your tasting extravaganza, relax on the return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off at the original departure point in the late afternoon.
Reviews by Viator travelers
So much fun!
, Oct 2018
Been on a few wine tours but this is our first Beer & Cider tour & wow it was so much fun. Our tour guide Paul was very informative & funny. He took us to 4 different breweries. Lunch at the 2nd brewery with delicious. Highly recommended :)
Paul was a great tour guide and proved his credentials as a cicerone. The day went very smoothly with great company. The selection of venues offered a great variety of ciders and beers as well as some surprises.
Thought this might be a little different from the wine tours and I was not disappointed everything from the morning safety briefing to tasting and learning the facts about beer and cider was funny, amazing and the tasting samples were not just a couple of mouth fulls but nearly half a glass. Kick off the morning driving from Federation Square out to the first stop for the day our guide, Paul, was sharing fun facts and making everyone feel welcome in the group. Lunch was amazing where the tasting continued. Would recommend this for anyone that wants to do something different and have a bit of fun.
This was a fun tour! Scott did a great job of getting all of us to learn a little bit about on another. We had a small group of 7 or 8 and ended up having a wonderful day. Scott had a lot of information to share about Yarra Valley, each of the breweries we visited and the liquor industry in general. His witty comments and humorous stories made for a relaxing and enjoyable tour. We don't see much cider in the United States so we were surprised at how many cider samples were provided at each of the breweries. However the tasting paddles had 6-8 sizable samples so we had plenty of beer, too. The gin distillery was fun, too, and they gave us four generous samples. Fun day!!