October 2018

What’s in Store at Burnley This Oktoberfest


Dust of your lederhosen or don your dirndl because Burnley Brewing is transforming into a slice of Munich from October 4 to October 21. To truly transport their brewpub from Burnley to Bavaria, we’ll be showcasing unique Oktoberfestbiers from different moments in German history.

Michael Stanzel, our head brewer, is leading this initiative, and very well suited to do so. He spent several years brewing professionally in Germany before joining the Burnley team, and subsequently has an intense love for true-to-style German beers.

We will be releasing a whopping six traditionally-brewed lagers to celebrate Oktoberfest. This is a big task, as lagers are notoriously difficult to make, but allowing Melburnians the opportunity to sample a range of “real” German festbiers, served in steins no less, makes it all worth it.

We will be pouring three beers on Thursday 4 October to kick off the event, and the following three will be available on Friday 5 October.

The beers we’ll have available are as follows:


But it’s not truly an Oktoberfest without a menu that would suit the best German beer halls.

The Burnley Brewing kitchen is preparing a rotating roster of specials including Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle), Weisswurst, Wiener Schnitzel, Bretzels (not pretzels!) and the largest roast chickens this side of Bavaria.

Other festival highlights include:

– Games, giveaways, and best-dressed competitions every Saturday for those in lederhosen or dirndl

– 2-for-1 steins for anyone who dresses up!

– A free lager masterclass for home-brewers with Michael, on Monday 8 October from 6pm

– Live oompah music to finish off the festivities, on Saturday 20 October from 2pm

– Throughout the celebration – German photo booths, trivia, board games, food specials, steins and other jolly things.

– But mostly, it’s the beer. Prost!

Sincerely, Burnley

September 2018

Oktoberfest Pre-Release and Tasting


Dust off your lederhosen and come taste three Oktoberfestbiers straight from the tank before they’re officially released. 

Head brewer Michael Stanzel, who studied traditional German brewing in Europe for several years, will be pouring three special lagers every half hour starting from 6:30 pm. 

To participate, simply head to the bar for a glass, then over to the tanks to receive your tasting. Beers will be priced at $7 a pot and limited to one pot of each beer per person to reserve our supply.

If you want some German grub to accompany your drinks, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be serving up bretzels for the light appetites alongside wiener schnitzels with chips and salad for something more hearty.

Give us a call or head here to reserve your spot!


Sincerely, Burnley

September 2018

Burnley Merch is Back and Better Than Ever!


Words by: Alec Graves

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