Eight years after opening its doors in Melbourne’s Footscray, craft brewer Hop Nation Taproom will unveil a bold new look next month.
Last drinks were poured at the original taproom on August 27, with the revamped space scheduled to open on 28 September 2023.
Hop Nation has partnered with the hospitality interior design veterans at Studio Y to bring its vision of a Brooklyn-warehouse-meets-Melbourne-brewery to life. The previous layout of the taproom will be completely transformed, creating an expansive, open-planned brewhouse.
There will be 17 brews on tap to try, featuring the full Hop Nation Core Range, Ray Hard Seltzers – including a brand-new limited-release Pink Grapefruit & Lime Seltzer – and seasonal limited-edition brews, including a Hazy Mid, Oat Cream IPA, Grapefruit West Coast IPA and moreish Guava, Dragon Fruit & Toasted Coconut Sour.
The team will also be pouring a new release Footscray Draft on opening, brewed to celebrate their home suburb. One of the most exciting additions to the taproom is the all-new purpose-built kitchen, where ex-Figlia Pizzeria chef Alex Addams Williams will be heading up Good Pizza. The pizzeria will focus on long-ferment dough, in both thin 13” rounds and thick, crispy pan varieties.
Alongside food and drinks, the freshly renovated taproom will be hosting a slew of new events, including an AFL Grand Final party on 30 September on opening weekend.