Passengers can now enjoy local independent beer at Australia’s first airport brewery located in Terminal 3 at Melbourne Airport.

The brewery is run by local beer company Stomping Ground Brewing Co. The 330-sqm venue, modelled on Stomping Ground’s Collingwood Beer Hall, not only features 24 draught beers and six draught wines on tap, but also offers views of the airfield, as well as a full restaurant and bar menu.

According to Stomping Ground, the 30 taps will provide a “wide range” of beer styles, and while most beers will be brewed at its main Collingwood brewery, as many as 30 different beers will be brewed onsite each year.

Besides beer and wine tasting, passengers of all ages can also choose to dine in with a menu developed by Stomping Ground’s executive chef, Ben Isaacs. Tasting paddles and takeaway tinnies (a can of beer) are available for sales as well.

Andrew Gardiner, chief of retail at Melbourne Airport, said the brewery is part of the airport’s efforts to create a sense of place at the airport.

“There’s huge demand for craft beer in Melbourne so the decision to open a brewery made sense, and we’re proud to be the first airport in Australia, and fourth airport in the world to launch the unique concept.

“We are focused on bringing Melbourne’s iconic culinary scene to the airport and this latest development showcases inner-city Melbourne at its best,” said Gardiner.

Justin Joiner, co-founder of Stomping Ground, said they are excited to represent Melbourne’s “thriving independent brewing scene”.

“We’ll be tapping new beers most weeks so there could well be a new beer added between when you depart and arrive home,” he added.

Also commenting on the opening of the new airport brewery, Gary Brown, managing director of global hospitality company Delaware North which also partnered with Stomping Ground on the new brewery, said:

“This fantastic concept further enhances the excellent range of authentically-Melbourne dining and drinking options already available to passengers at Melbourne Airport, and provides travellers with a unique taste of the city’s outstanding food and craft beer scene.”

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific previously reported that Melbourne Airport has recently opened a number of new restaurants and cafes, and a new airport hotel located near Terminal 4 is now under construction.