One Mile Brewery – the pick of the Top End breweries

Whilst there is no shortage of venues selling at least on variety of One Mile Brewery‘s offerings, no trip to Darwin should go without a visit to where the magic happens. It is always wonderful to drink #atthesource and the owners are great value. I had a good yarn with Bardy when I visited who gave me the tour and the stories behind the names of the beers. The brewery started in 2012 in a shed near “One Mile Station”. It now resides in the suburb of Winnellie and is a 10 minute drive from the centre of town. Since October 2017, they’ve been allowed to serve beer to the public, but check their Facebook page for opening times – because like everywhere it seems – the licensing laws have forced some pretty tight restrictions on them.

The flagship beers are:

  • 4.21, a Kolsch;
  • RDO, a bright ale; and
  • Otto’s, a red ale

They also do a cider and have done a wheat beer.

I tried to think why the Kolsch is called 4.21. “Was it when the first bomb dropped on Darwin”, I asked Bardy (which is short for a very long Turkish first name). Bardy shook his head. “Is it when Cuclone Tracey hit Darwin?”. “Nah, mate, it’s when public servants knock off in Darwin”. RDO is pretty straightforward – Rostered Day Off. Otto’s, which is the pick of the bunch for mine is a nod to Brady’s Turkish heritage and the Ottoman Empire. I have to say that one of my Darwin highlights was sipping an Otto’s as the sunset at the Deckchair Cinema. Movie was odd to say the least but the setting and drinking a Darwin brewed beer made the whole thing a little slice of heaven.

One Mile Brewing: 8/111 Coonawarra Road, Winnellie, NT, 0820