ST ANDREWS BEACH BREWERY
At St Andrews Beach Brewery, life is simple and uncomplicated. Located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, we draw inspiration from our heritage and surroundings so we can brew one of life’s pleasures: craft beer.
Our 38-hectare property was where Australia’s horse racing greats were trained – Makybe Diva, Mummify, and Miss Andretti have all called our stables home. Our stables are named after the champions who once resided here, and now house a new breed of champions in the form of craft beer.
A 1,200 metre race track is where you’ll find 8,000 apple and pear cider trees growing alongside and hops, not horses. Our pristine farmland allows us to operate as a fully functioning farm, and brew some seriously good craft beer.
Co-owner Andrew Purchase has called the Mornington Peninsula home for most of his life. With a passion for local produce and a history of successful brewing after co-owning The Heads Brewing Co in France, Andrew’s was quick to recognise a unique opportunity with the Markdel property.
World class horse training facility turned brewery – a recipe for pristine craft beer. Andrew and co-owner Michael Freedman, who had been a part owner of the original property, saw on opportunity that was too good to miss. In 2017, Michael and Andrew’s team grew, with Tommy Berry, David Warner, Michael Wallace, Jack Dahan, and Duncan Andrews jumping on board to create a truly unique brewery. With the infrastructure in place, the grounds perfect for apples and hops, and a story unlike any other to tell, Andrew and a passionate team of investors set about tuning the former stables into a truly unique brewery.
The brewery’s stable doors opened to the public in 2017, and the beers have not stopped pouring since.
St Andrews Beach Brewery is situated on a 38-hectare property near the back beaches of Gunnamatta. Formerly known as ‘Markdel’, the Freedman Brother’s training facility has since become a world class brewery, where the history runs deep and the brews are champions themselves.
In the mid-2000s, the property housed up to 80 thoroughbred horses, with a 1,200-metre grassed track and swimming pool. Over 100 Group One winners called the stables home, including multiple Melbourne Cup Caulfield Cup, and Cox Plate Golden Slipper champions. Our history runs deep in all that we do – our craft beers pay homage to our heritage, and our facilities celebrate champions that have been and gone.
We like to keep things simple. Each day we strive to create great beer, delicious food, and share with our visitors a little insight into what life on the Peninsula entails.
We are strongly committed to preserving the environment that surrounds us – we like to focus on producing the best quality beer in the most sustainable way possible. Our stables and paddocks are home to a different kind of livestock these days – here you’ll find chickens, pigs, and sheep, and our vegetable gardens. As our crops mature in the future, we hope to become a self-sustained facility that showcases seasonal produce grown in our paddocks.
As for the beers and ciders – the former 1,200 metre race track is where you’ll find our hops, and 8,000 apple and pear cider trees.