September 2018

Burnley Merch is Back and Better Than Ever!


It’s one thing to like good beer; it’s another thing to let everyone know you like good beer. If you want to publicly display your passion for a pint, you may want to get around our new selection of Burnley-branded merch.

Designed and made right here in Melbourne with the help of Miriam McWilliam of Studio Mimi Moon and the good people of Australian Merch Co., our gear is a way to wear your heart (for craft beer) on your sleeve.

You’ll notice that some of our merchandise features old mate Salvatore the Seal, the Yarra River’s own resident fur seal. Far from being just a creative burst, if you look him up, you’ll see this beast has been hanging around the Richmond stretch of the Yarra River for years now. Weighing in at somewhere north of 200 kilos and seemingly having eschewed his species’ preference for saltwater, this mighty creature has captured some great part of our imagination. We’re just glad he looks so good alongside our colours.

Our merchandise lets you carry some of the pleasure of our endeavour with you while you’re going about your day. We have brand-new, heather blue jumpers on offer for $65, t-shirts for $35, and tote bags displaying our trademark slogan ‘Forward Drinking’ for just $10. Pop a four-pack of Burnley cans in there and you’ve got the perfect gift.

On top of that, with all the cycling we’ve been getting around with the Tour de France just passed, we present the one exception to our locally-manufactured collection – A full cycling jersey, designed in Melbourne by MAAP and manufactured in Italy. It’ll set you back $165, but it will go a long way toward combating some of the worst of the looks you might get rolling around in lycra.

If you’re after something a bit more discreet, we’ve got some socks and even some unisex boxers in the works, and we’re keen to get them out to you soon. In the meantime, we’ll keep cranking out the beer that makes the merch make sense.

Sincerely, Burnley

September 2018

Put Some Spring (IPA) in Your Step


The sun is shining, and that means it’s time to start sipping on some warmer weather beers here at Burnley. Although the brown ales are still going to be perfect for those cooler nights, the warm days are upon us and are calling for less layers and more refreshing options on our taps.

Only a few weeks ago, we released our Summer Ale, which has been a refreshingly delicious addition to our range, and one that has us ready for the warmer weather upon us. Over the coming weeks, more weather-appropriate brews will be joining the Summer Ale, perfect for afternoon sessions and to be consumed (ideally) in party shirts.

September sees the release of our thirst-quenching Spring IPA.  With similar citrus flavours to our previously tapped West Coast IPA, this Spring IPA is a light but hazy drop, similar to a NEIPA but more botanical. Sitting at 5.7%, it’s a fairly sessionable option that’s much hoppier than our latest Summer Ale (3.5%, our lightest offering), but not quite as strong as our West Coast IPA (6.5%).  This means our new brew balances out quite nicely as a preparation for lighter and juicier beers, much like spring being the appetiser for the summer heat!

Featuring a delicious blend of American and New Zealand hops, our Spring IPA is an ideal refreshing brew which has a great balance of citrus flavours and floral aromas perfect for the sunny days ahead. Cheers!

Malts: Pale Ale, Carahell | Hops: Chinook, Amarillo, Simcoe, Pacifica |Plato: 13.3 | ABV: 5.7% | IBU 40 | EBC 8

Sincerely, Burnley

September 2018

Burnley Brewing Newcomer’s Guide to Craft Beer


The current Australian beer list and tap line-up can be inviting for some, but overwhelming at times for others. With new beer styles appearing all the time, it’s easy to arrive at a bar and have no idea what to order from their extensive list. To help, we’ve got a basic description of the various beer styles available now at Burnley to make you a little more comfortable and confident ordering the next time you come see us here on Bridge Road.

Pale Ale

Your basic pale ale is going to be very light in colour and flavour. Supremely drinkable and not hop heavy in the slightest, this is definitely a beer to order if you’re only just getting to know your craft brews.


Short for India Pale Ale, the IPA is definitely a beefier and more hop-heavy ale to drink, which reflects in it usually having an ABV of 7.5% and above. You’ll get more citrus and herbal flavours with this beer, yet colour can vary. IPA’s can look golden all the way to a more amber/red hue, which can be attributed to some IPA’s having a malty flavour.


The new kid on the block and a trend that looks like it’s here to stay, the New England IPA, or NEIPA as most call it, is a hazy juice-box of a beer. Don’t fear its cloudy complexion; the NEIPA is an incredibly flavoursome unfiltered IPA that is hop-heavy but balanced out with the citrus/tropical flavours.

Brown/Red Ale

A bit of a gateway to the richer stouts and porters, brown/red ales are usually a step up from an IPA, with that caramel/malt flavour more pronounced. Red’s have more of this flavour, where brown’s can have some coffee-like flavours (like our own Coffee Brown Ale available on tap). They’re also a lot more session-suited with a lower alcohol content than the stouts and porters available. Either one would be an autumn/winter banger of a beer, but nice enough for those cool spring nights too.


Of these two main dark beers, porters are generally lighter to taste and in colour, and feature more chocolate flavours. Stouts, however, are much darker and richer in taste, having a strong roasted coffee flavour. Both are winter essentials, no doubt.


Standing for Extra Special Bitter, the British style isn’t actually bitter as the name suggests, and it’s usually a low-alcohol beer that has similar characteristics to a pale ale. It’s super balanced with hops and a fruity/caramel flavour.

Belgian Dubbel

This beer has a super rich and malty flavour, with some dark fruits peeking through amidst the sweeter caramel flavours. Not too much hop bitterness in this one, but it does have some nice dryness to finish.


Another Belgian style, the golden orange colour of this beer shines and is often described as a “farmhouse ale”. This is due to different spices typically used in the style, setting it apart from your standard ale. Saisons are a really unique style that can be enjoyed all year round.


Kellerbier is a typically unfiltered and unpasteurised lager, with the name translating to “Cellar Beer”. Ranging from Pale to Amber, Kellerbier is a fairly mild style with a slightly smooth mouthfeel and creamy texture, generally softer than your standard lager.


A summer quencher in every sense, the Belgian Witbeir is a white beer that typically has a crisp and tart finish. It works perfectly when coupled with fruit, as exhibited in our own Rasberry Witbier on tap. Very yeasty and quite often having some spices to freshen up the tart flavours, the Witbier is definitely a beer perfect for a hot day.

At Burnley, we have all these beers on tap, plus some! If you really can’t get behind beer, we’ve got an extensive selection of natural wines and craft spirits to quench your thirst. Visit us any day of the week to sample the range.

Sincerely, Burnley