Barrow Boys came together with years of experience from those within the brewing and hospitality industries. For one reason or another, we were all looking for a new challenge and came together through our shared love of Melbourne, craftsmanship and more importantly, beer.

Our name came from exploring around North Melbourne, where we first planned to build. The historical markets were integral to this part of town and so we started digging a little deeper. We soon found a reference to the ‘Barrow Boys’ and how they were the original market vendors, selling fresh local produce to the local community. They were always ready to roll up their sleeves and get the job done, but also let themselves have a lot fun along the way, bantering in the marketplace and keeping spirits high.

Sure, Australia could live without another craft beer, cold drip coffee, or stitch and bitch workshop. But we really love beer and felt we had to brew and share our own creations. We could talk about them all day (with a beer in hand of course) but you probably have other things to do.


We’d like to make something clear from the outset; we love good quality, balanced beer. It’s what we stand for. We don’t even care if it’s not our own - if we like it, we’ll happily drink it, endorse it and buy it for our friends.

A good beer is good for everyone, not just those imbibing.

In this age of technology and automation, we still feel that a good beer can only be brewed by a skilled brewer, regardless of the tools they use.

Brewing is a craft, and a good brewer supports other local artisans through collaboration and the sharing of goods.

A good brewer leaves a small footprint. We’re not into waste and we favour materials from suppliers that also make recycling and sustainability a priority.

Thankfully there are a lot of good beers out there. Made by breweries that have integrity, individuality and authenticity. We love those guys and consider ourselves one of them.