The local taphouse is all about great beer. The European inspired tavern specializes in craft beers. They have an extensive range of continually changing beers available, which would have any beer enthusiast feeling right at home. You can talk beer with any of the staff members because they know a lot about beer and will happily assist you with choosing the right beer to compliment your meal. And if you want to take your love for beer to another level, you can join the ‘Ale Stars’ beer club where they discuss and taste rare beers in a social and relaxed setting once a month. The dark wooden walls of the tavern and lowly hung lights create a warm and intimate ambiance. Outside there is a nice outdoor roof terrace area.
It’s a great place for people to meet and catch up for a drink or two or three or four. In fact they offer tasting paddles so you can try samples of a range of different beers. It’s sort of like a dessert tasting plate but a beer version. These beer tasting paddles encourage you to be more adventurous and taste beers you haven’t tried before. It’s fun to decide which ones you like and which ones you don’t like. It’s like a safeguard, which helps prevent you from ordering a whole glass of beer that is not to your taste. All beer aside, they can also cook up a quality meal. The menu makes it hard to order because everything sounds delicious.
We got some snacks to go with our ale, the southern fried chicken was super crunchy and served in an adorable little tin bucket with chilli mayo. The beer battered thick cut frites are a must! Original or Cajun spiced, they’re super crunchy and super tasty. You don’t have to be a beerologist to know that any beer goes hand in hand with thick cut fries.
The Tennessee BBQ pork belly sandwich with the fennel and apple slaw was the perfect meal to accompany my fruity ale. The pork belly melted into the sticky tennessee BBQ sauce and the sandwich soaked up the beautiful flavours. The shaved fennel, apple, radish and red onion went so well together as a slaw, it was crisp, fresh and zesty and it cut through the sweetness of the pork. Delicious! The local taphouse offers a casual environment with gourmet food. It is an awesome place to have good food and good beer with good friends.
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The Local Taphouse
Address: 184 Carlisle Street, St Kilda 3182
Phone: 03 9537 2633
Trading Hours: Monday – Sunday 12pm until not later than 1am (7 days)