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Mountain Goat started out back in 1997 when two mates decided they wanted better tasting beers and were determined to do something about it. Dave had studied overseas in the US and spent some time in Europe. After so many years of great beer, he was really disappointed at only having bland, fizzy lagers in Australia and took up home brewing in his backyard.

Cam was a music booking agent who had taken some time off to backpack the world. A mate in Vancouver took him around the local microbreweries and Cam, who confesses to not really liking beer beforehand, found himself suddenly enjoying amazing beers full of flavour. Thinking immediately of Dave’s home brewing, he famously sent Dave a postcard with the message ‘We’ve gotta talk… let’s open a brewery’.

Mountain Goat beer started to be brewed under Dave’s careful watch in the basement of the Scottish Chiefs Hotel in Geelong and then Grand Ridge Brewery (where Dave later took on the Head Brewer role, as well as doing our Goat beers). The first keg of our Hightail Ale, an English style amber ale, was tapped at the Great Britain Hotel in Richmond. Dave and Cam admit that, for the first few months, the biggest customers were themselves buying rounds for their mates to make sure the keg got drunk. Eventually, folks they didn’t know were also buying Mountain Goat beer and other venues were keen to start stocking our beers.

The required funds were gained and Mountain Goat brewery was finally realised in 1999 in a warehouse in Crown Street in Richmond. To help pay the bills, the guys opened up our brewery bar once a month and, soon enough, hundreds of people were lining up to come in.

A Melbourne legend was born.

Mountain Goat


80 North Street
phone +61 3 9428 1180

Organic Steam Ale 4.5% Pale Ale A crisp, fruity beer with subtle floral aromas.
Pale Ale 5.2% Pale Ale Best New World Pale Ale Australian International Beer Awards 2017.
Westy Kong 6.4% Brown Ale Hazelnut Brown Ale, layered with rich malts and a sweet, hazelnut twist
North Street IPA 6.5% IPA A collection of specialty malts against three big hitting hops from the US (Simcoe, Idaho 7 and Mosaic)