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The western Victorian town of Koroit might not be the last place you’d expect to find a brewery and distillery, but it has to be close. Noodledoof is a restaurant, brewery, and distillery right on the main street of Koroit inside an old mechanics building.
Koroit is pretty much smack bang if the middle if you’re driving from Warrnambool to Port Fairy (if you choose to travel inland rather than take the Princess Highway), and while it’s not exactly an arduous journey (only 35 minutes), you never need an excuse to stop for a cool refreshing drink—and Noodledoof provides exactly that.
We recently spoke to Brooke from the Noodledoof team.
How did Noodledoof come to be?
Alex and Sam started homebrewing together, the pipe dream of their 20s became the reality of their 30s.
Alex’s previous experience with Australian brewery Holgate, and in Germany learning and honing his craft meant the pair were able to create uniquely developed beers.
The unique name comes not from our love of music or noodles but from childhood nicknames for Alex (Doof) and Sam (Noodle).
Sam had established a small farm with his family and loved the area, the southwest had a lot to offer and Koroit was perfectly situated between tourist hubs Warrnambool and Port Fairy and at the end of the Great Ocean Road.
The water profile was also a key drawcard, beer requires the perfect balance between purity and mineral content, Koroit’s water makes it an excellent base for almost any beer style.
When the old red brick mechanics shed came up for tender in the middle of Koroit the guys jumped, creating a modern industrial vibe. They commissioned South Australian Artist Chris Edser to create a mural for the brewery, which made the space light bright and fun, these designs were then translated to wrap our Australian Pale Ale cans.
Anything you’re working on that you can tell us about?
We are currently working on a small batch of Whiskey, which will be ready in October, we are also working on a barrel-aged sour which will be ready for a spring release.
Here’s what you can expect to drink at Noodleoof:
Taster $4 Pot $7 Schooner $9 Pint $11
Crisp, Clean, Delicious.
“Our traditional German style Helles Lager has been brewed with balance in mind, with a great fresh malt aroma and subtle bitterness, perfect to quench your thirst after a long hard day. “
Hops: Magnum, Hersbruker
Taster $3.5 Pot $6.5 Schooner $8.5 Pint $10.5
“Peach, Citrus, Fruity. Need a beer to drink all afternoon? This is the one for you. Lower in alcohol but no skimping on flavour.
Hops: Magnum, Ammarillo, Cascade
Pomegranate Berliner Weisse
Taster $4 Pot $7 Schooner $9 Pint $11
“Traditionally, Berliner Weisse is served with flavored syrups as German law prevents them from putting fun things in their beers. We put fun things in ours, pomegranate in this one, which compliments the natural sour fruity esters from the Lachancea spp yeast.“
Taster $4.5 Pot $7.5 Schooner $9.5 Pint $11.5
“Pineapple, Mandarin, Citrus with a punchy tropical bouquet. Medium bodied Australian pale ale showcasing Australian grown, Voyager craft malts and hops. Hops: Magnum, Eclipse, Citra.
Stone Fruit Sour
Taster $6 Pot $9 Schooner $12 Pint $14
“Inspiration strikes at the strangest times… this time not so much, a prime batch of stone fruit was all the convincing we needed to get this one brewing. We dry hop with Idaho7 to up the summer tropical vibes and enhance the stone fruit character.“
Tell us about some local businesses we should know about
- The Merrijg | Victorias oldest inn
- Dart and Marlin | Italian-style stone-fired pizza comes to Warrnambool, with natural wines, craft beers and original live music from the region and beyond.
- The Local Place Koroit | Locally made, eco friendly for our planet and sustainable for our future.
Find Noodledoof Brewing & Distilling Co. at 128 Commercial Road, Koroit, Victoria.
Noodledoof is open 8am until 3pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and 8am until 9pm on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday.
Koroit/kəˈrɔɪt/ is a small rural town in western Victoria, Australia a few kilometres north of the Princes Highway, 18 kilometres (11 mi) north-west of Warrnambool and 272 kilometres (169 mi) west of Melbourne. It is in the Shire of Moyne local government area located amidst rolling green pastures on the north rim of Tower Hill. At the 2016 census, Koroit had a population of 2,055. The town borrows its name from the Koroitch Gundidj people who occupied the area prior to European colonisation.