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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Yarra Valley Cider and Beer Tour from Melbourne

Yarra Valley Cider and Beer Tour

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.

Customer Reviews

NELL J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Excellent tour - great value for money and I really enjoyed it!! The guide was very good, lots of beer to taste and nice lunch

P H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Great fun, fantastic guide plenty of coder and beer tasters. Lunch was great

joanne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was one of the highlights from my trip in August 2015. We were a small group and it was so much fun. Great guide, awesome food, and I found beer I like! Although I am still more of a cider lover!

Albert W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The whole trip was very well managed and we had a comprehensive tour of welcoming breweries.

Cherie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great day out in the Yarra Valley, I highly recommend this tour.

Ann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

All places we visited were great, cold beer and cider on a hot Melbourne day was fantastic. Scott was a good host, very informative and some funny stories to tell as well. We would highly recommend doing this tour, well worth the money.

killinchy.browns

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This tour was amazing!

KEBeeler United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

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!!

Stephen P Australia

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Good fun to a variety of locations. Guide Scott was very knowledgable and good fun. Recommend this tour.

Carolyn H

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Scott was a very helpful and informative host, thoroughly enjoyable days activity.

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