Westside Ale Works – a winning slice of Americana

Yes, please

There are times when you miss things that are right under your nose. For number of years I’ve made frequent trips to Melbourne for work, spending a large amount of time in Docklands. Evenings are often spent exploring the ‘burbs or Melbourne’s CBD and plenty of fine experiences have been had. Somehow, however, I had neglected to pay a visit to the closest brewery to Docklands – Westside Ale Works. A mere 1.5km wall into South Melbourne and a slice of Americana has been waiting for the last two years. Well, that was all fixed last night, and I enjoyed a sensational feed and sip in the original site. I say original because Casey – the brewer and partner told me the brewery and tasting bar is moving a couple of doors down and into bigger premises.

Tasting Room

As I worked my way through a tasting paddle, I repeatedly kicked myself that I hadn’t previously visited this gem. As their flyer states, Westside makes “West Coast hope forward inspired ales and ciders”. A Californian flag at the back of the tasting room reinforces the inspiration. None of their beers are subtle. IPAs abound, along with a pale, an amber, a steam and a sour. I am not normally a pizza guy, but my pepperoni and olive pizza was just wonderful.

I can’t wait to get back to Westside (I’d visit today but for a previous engagement!).

The menu

The vibe is good. A big screen plays US sport. People drop in to get takeaway. The staff are friendly and Casey wanders around and is happy to chat. Opening hours are 12-8pm Thursday to Saturday and 12-6pm on Sunday. The new digs will be bigger and I hope he fills it to the brim. One of the more unassuming but wonderful beer experiences I’ve had in Melbourne for a while.


Westside Ale Works: 23-25 Alfred St, South Melbourne