694 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream Victoria, 3770
Ph. 03 9739 1794
Coldstream Brewery is owned by lifelong mates Mike and Rohan. Born two weeks apart in the same hospital, attended the same kindergarten at the age of four – quickly becoming best friends. We grew up in the same county town in Gippsland and remained mates throughout our lives.
We first found an appreciation for the beer world on our travels around Europe in our early twenties. Mike and his girlfriend (now wife!) worked as vets, while I worked in pubs and bars. I was able to happily immerse myself in the European beer culture – and also drag Mike along for the ride! The tastes and flavours we found were a real lightbulb moment. We realised that there was nothing like this on the market currently. We knew we had to bring these tastes and experiences back home and combine them with everything we loved about Australia.
When we returned to Australia, we knew we wanted to create our own brewery. We shared our plans with three other mates, one of whom knew how to make traditional apple cider. To begin building the idea of Coldstream. The catalyst began with ciders. We figured that even if we couldn’t make beer, five friends – who we still get together to play basketball with – saw a gap in the cider market, so we took the plunge to create a brewery together.
With the cider idea ready, we now needed a brewery. We began by purchasing our original kit online, sight unseen in 2005. The sight was unseen and located in New Zealand We travelled to Drury, just outside of Auckland, with only 3 days to carefully dismantle the brewery, and pack it into shipping containers.
It only just fit!
Once the kit arrived in Australia our next task was finding a site for the brewery. That’s right, we now had a brewery but nowhere to put it!
Located in Victoria’s world renowned Yarra Valley, the Coldstream Brewery has a long and rich history. It has had multiple lives including a tannery, general store, Chinese restaurant, and an antique shop. And it sat in the perfect location – Coldstream.
Often referred to as the gateway to the Yarra Valley, as its name suggests the town Coldstream is known for its cold winter mornings that translate into crisp beers and ciders. When the site went up for lease, we knew it was the venue for our brewery. We went to work, quickly, renovating the building to make it work for the brewery kit we had bought. We even called in some tradie mates to help rip up floors and demolish the walls. It was all hands on deck. Then we designed and constructed a dedicated room at the rear of the original building to house our brew kit.
Back in 2007, brewing independent beer wasn’t as popular as it is now, so the team was very much making it up as we went along. But we had a lot of fun doing it! We began with our iconic range of ciders then moved onto a core line up of beers inspired by those European holidays. This included Pilsner, Golden Ale, a Pale Ale, and a Porter.
From the start, our team at Coldstream Brewery we focused on quality, which is why the great taste of our beers and ciders remains unwavering to this day. Eventually business took off, we needed more room in the venue and made the tricky but worthwhile decision to move the original kit to Moorabin. Our original kit might not be at our Coldstream home nowadays, but it still brews the beers. Recently, we installed a nano brewery that has allowed us to test small batches at the Coldstream site, creating seasonal brews which you can come and enjoy all year round at the venue.
Today, our team still calls Coldstream Brewery home, with the full range of beers and ciders on tap, and a full bar and restaurant.
At Coldstream Brewery we focus on providing great tastes and authentic experiences for all those who walk through our doors. We are innovative in all we do, and we are always striving to improve. As a result, our staff are part of our family, passionate and dedicated people who are customer focused. We understand the small things matter and strive to make sure every experience is always the best.
We focus on being inclusive and unpretentious, doing things our way, and being independent in how we think and in what we do.
Our team has been involved in a number of charitable efforts over the years. This has included the recent Parma for a Farmer and local homeless charities. During the COVID-19 crisis we provided over 100 kitchen meals a week to those in need with the Holy Fools charity in 2020. And we are always ready to support our local footy and cricket clubs!
We’re often asked who or what is the Shivering Man. The Shivering Man takes pride of place on our roof and on our labels. He represents both the cold climate of Coldstream and the bravery of baring it all and take the plunge to follow your passion – which is exactly what five mates did, back in 2007, to make Coldstream Brewery what it is today!