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Wander Australia's craft beer mecca to find pots of gold at boutique breweries and bars.

Soon to be home to the new Australian Craft Beer Centre of Excellence, Ballarat is true-brew about its craft beer. The city's rich history of craft beer production has given rise to an ever-expanding stable of boutique breweries and beer events well worth a wander for beer lovers.

Chase pots of gold at breweries Hop Temple, Cubby Hause Brewing, Red Duck Beer and Athletic Club Brewing, set aside time for the annual Ballarat Beer Festival in January, and keep an eye out for local events – something's always brewing.

We've dug up the best places for the perfect pot (or pint). Gold diggers, get on your way.

1. Hop Temple

Give thanks for hops at this temple featuring more than 200 craft beers and ciders, the largest range in Victoria.

2. Cubby Haus Brewing

Sampling quality hand crafted beer is child's play at this family run brewery dedicated to beer and building.

3. Athletic Club Brewery

All ale a brew-pub-club that makes track and field fun for everyone. Go for gold with tours, tastings and self brew sessions.

4. Red Duck Beer

Visit the vanguard of Ballarat's craft beer revolution, carefully crafting small batch beers since 2005.

5. Ballarat Beer Festival (January)

The gold standard in local brew festivals, Ballarat Beer Festival celebrates the amber nectar over the Australia Day long weekend with craft beer and live music.

6. Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

Compare grape and grain at this wine bar with an impressive range of beers on tap from Victoria, interstate and overseas, as well as its own wine.

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Breweries & distilleries

Athletic Club Brewery

Located in the centre of Ballarat, the Athletic Club Brewery is the region's leading brew pub experience. With tours, tastings and self brew sessions...

Bars

Hop Temple

Hop Temple is enthusiastic about good beer, wine and food. A family orientated environment for everybody to enjoy. Hop prides itself on providing a...

Bars

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar

Mitchell Harris Wine Bar has been making wine since 2008, with a focus on elegance and reflecting the cool-climate characters of nearby regions....

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