Westside Ale Works was founded in November 2016 when Casey Wagner decided it was time to put his homebrewing skills to good use and start a brewery. Starting out at 23 Alfred Street, a small warehouse, with some long communal tables, a 500 litre Braumeister, and 2 fermenters, Casey started making beer just for the taproom and our 6 taps. Slowly improving and expanding, adding on additional fermenters and a pizza oven, Casey outgrew that location within 2 years and decided an upgrade was in order!
In April 2019, we opened our new brewery and taproom right down the street at 36 Alfred Street, adding on another fermenter and expanding from 14 taps to 31! We knew it was a big jump, increasing the amount of beer we’d be brewing, as well as adding 10 guest taps from craft breweries the world over, but our growth has shown it was a good investment! 2019 turned out to be a big year for Casey and Westside – adding to the team, purchasing our own canning machine, upping our brewing volume, starting a barrel program, and breaking into the wholesale market!
Fast forward to 2020 and the improvements continued! We added on two 2000L fermenters, which essentially doubled our brewing capacity! The plan is to continue to get our freshly brewed beer out to everyone we can, focusing for now on the Greater Melbourne area. Check out our current stockist list to see where in Melbourne our beer is available but, as always, we have the best selection of our beer right at our brewery in South Melbourne!
Everything Casey and the Westside team does is done for the love of beer! We pride ourselves on our welcoming, cozy, family-friendly environment at our tucked away warehouse. Our door is open to the beer nerds and novices alike, so if you’re curious about us and our beer then stop in and we will be happy to get you a beer and have a chat! With 30 independent taps, we can almost guarantee there will be something for everyone. Cheers!