Tucked away in a converted warehouse in the suburban streets of Brunswick in Melbourne’s inner north is a microbrewery creating craft beers worthy of top awards.
The venue’s facade is almost fortified, hidden amongst a strip of industrial-like buildings between Nicholson and Lygon streets. Behind the heavy wooden doors lies a slick, modern outfit with a capacity for 120 people, combining the brewery with a bar and kitchen, and complimenting their beer with great food.
The menu features classic pub food with a modern twist. Here, you’ll find your typical bar snacks (almonds, olives, fries), along with your more contemporary variations (beetroot crisps, popcorn, potato cubes), as well as pumped-up versions of the more substantial meals that you would expect to find at your regular pub on the corner.
We visited Temple just after they reopened from their short summer hiatus. Several of the beers were unavailable, and though the kitchen could manage the full range of bar snacks, we were told we only had the option of the Temple Beef Burger with handcut potato fries and avocado salad as a main. Disappointing to say the least – not only had we heard great things about the Vegetable Curry Pie, but we desperately wanted to get our hands in and around a Bucket of “TFC” wings!
We ordered the Popcorn with salt and spice caramel to start and burgers-all-round, because we had no other choice. The popcorn was a standout and a definite must-try, and the sweet and spicy notes in the burger complimented our beverages perfectly, especially against some of the heavier tones of the fuller-bodied beers of the Right Wheel Tasting Paddle (100mL samples of four heavier beers in the Temple range), and the lighter Bicycle Ale, whose kitschy name is said to describe the fixie-lovin’ Brunswick locals’ penchant to consume several and still be capable of riding home.
With it’s hidden location and cult following among locals, Temple’s combination of homely food and well-crafted beer won’t be a secret for long. Escape the summer heat with a refreshing beverage or drop in on your next bike ride – you’ll be sure to have an adventure riding home!