The Beer Engine


So, we’ve bought a bar…

As of Monday 18th November, Andy, Johanne, Sara and I jointly own a place called The Beer Engine Bar & Grill which was formerly a restaurant called The Hillz.

Located just outside the town of Monbulk, Victoria, it’s about a 20 minute drive from where we live and is one of only a handful of restaurants in that area. Our plan is to offer a good range of beers, including hand-pumped cask ales (hence the name of the place) and simple, good value food including wood-fired pizzas. We’ll also have live entertainment on at weekends.

With the help of friends and family, we’ve spent the past week gutting the place, throwing away most of the junk that previous owners accumulated over the years and properly cleaning the kitchen and food storage areas.

Our liquor license application was approved yesterday, so we’re aiming to open sometime next week. Seven kegs of beer were delivered yesterday (Guinness, Heineken, Carlton Draught, Fat Yak Pale Ale, My Wife’s Bitter, Bighead “Diet Beer” and Bulmer’s Cider) with a couple more to follow. So we need to build a proper beer cellar, install the fonts on the bar and get everything plumbed up and working this weekend.

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