The Story so far…

Following in the footsteps of Wangaratta’s first brewery started by James Meldrum in 1852, Malt Shed continues the local brewing tradition – mixing it with a passion for all things malt.

Founded by locals Andrew Bett, Grant Jones & Mathew Saunders, Malt Shed is built on a collaboration of quality, consistency, community, and above all else, a passion for the craft of brewing.

Since opening day on July 7th 2017, Malt Shed has grown into a reliable locally brewed beer stop and a central hub for locals. offering a true taste of “Wang” – just how the locals like it.

Wangaratta & Beer… We go way back

Timeline

2018
October 31

Lager del Rio meets the Malt Shed

Lager del Rio meets the Malt Shed
We made this great, easy drinking Lager and in true Malt Shed style we shared it with you all : That’s right in cans! You all loved it so much we sold out of our first canning run in a month and a half! Our Lager del Rio is the…
October 6

Wangaratta’s 1st Oktoberfest

Wangaratta’s 1st Oktoberfest
Together, we bought Wangaratta it’s first ever Oktoberfest : Special release Oktoberfest Dunkel, Kranskies, Live music and party goer’s dressed in Lederhosen and Dirndl. A small start to creating something new and exciting for Wangaratta
May 12

If we CAN, so CAN you

If we CAN, so CAN you
Our Red Wang, IPA hit the Malt Shed beer line up and was our first product to be canned! We were excited and turns out so were all of you.
April 22

Barrel us up, we are good for it

Barrel us up, we are good for it
Grant got a hold of some Whisky barrels and our first reserve series barrel aged beers are made. Delicious!!
January 22

99 Bottles of Beer…

99 Bottles of Beer…
Our first and favourite ales began to be bottled: Wang Bitter, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, Crystal Draught.
2017
July 7

Grand Opening

Grand Opening
The “New Brew” in town. Starting with 4 brews on tap,  our brewery quickly became a place that enhanced the community spirit of Wangaratta.
May 12

First brew out of the tank

First brew out of the tank
All tanks are approved to ferment – We got our brewers license! So… Grant and Mat jump in the van and head to Canberra where they gypsy brew our first Pale Ale as Malt Shed Wangaratta.
2016
November 18

Construction Begins

Construction Begins
After a few jolts in the road construction began on the current site in 2016.
2014
August 9

The Big Bang

The Big Bang
During a winter whiskey night, Andrew, Mat and Grant had the bright idea to bring brewing back to Wangaratta. Malt Shed was born.
1887
January 25

The Great Drought

The Great Drought
From 1887, The Wangaratta Brewing and Malting Co. closed its doors and Wangaratta experienced what the local’s know as “the big drought”. A severe shortage of local beer continued until 2017…
1882
November 26

Cold Beer is Here!

Cold Beer is Here!
Victoria Brewery decided to make a beer that could suit the hot temperatures of Australia. Thus the first cold beer was served. Victoria Brewery even won 3 awards in the coming years for Bulk Ale, Bottled Ale, and Stout.
1872
November 26

Victoria Brewery Established

Victoria Brewery Established
John Dodsworth established Victoria Brewery, operating out of a premise on Gray Street, Wangaratta. John left the company after a new brewer was hired, and returned to Wangaratta Brewing & Malting Co.
1868
November 26

Wangaratta Brewing & Malting Co.

Wangaratta Brewing & Malting Co.
The new brewery was established by John Dosworth. The newly constructed buildings (some still standing in Ely Street) were fondly described as a local landmark. Some years later, John left Wangaratta Brewing and Malting Co. to start another venture.
1863
April 20

Wangaratta Brewery 1863-1869 

Wangaratta Brewery 1863-1869 
Louis McDermott Ward purchased Meldrum’s Brewery in 1863, restoring a locally sourced and brewed supply. Celebrations resounded, with exaltations abounding once again in the local media regarding the quality of the local brew. 
1855
November 26

All Hail Meldrum’s Ale

All Hail Meldrum’s Ale
‘Meldrum’s Ale’ became famous with the local Beechworth miners, who would quench their thirst after a hard day in the surrounding gold fields. Despite the popularity and incredible profits of Meldrum’s Ale, the brewery shut its doors in 1860.
1853
October 30

Wangaratta’s first brewery

Wangaratta’s first brewery
The first brewers licence was granted in North East Victoria to Mr James Meldrum, who is also rumoured to have started the gold rush in surrounding Beechworth area and creating Wangaratta’s first brewery: Meldrum’s Brewery.

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