With more than 20 taps, a fantastic bottled selection, an unrivaled location, a great rewards program, awesome beer food and friendly staff, what other name would be appropriate?
If, however, you know your British/Irish style reds from your American-style red IPAs and your smoked porters from your oyster stouts, staff members will happily provide a sample of what is available. Should indecision get the better of you, you can always go in for a tasting paddle.
My own personal experiences of the venue and its staff have been nothing short of great. During off-peak times servers are more than happy to withdraw bottles from their frigid glass enclosures so I may take a closer look, yet I am not in the least bit smothered with heavy handed assistance that might render me feeling dependent. Perhaps the best part is that vision impairment and sobriety testing obstacles are minimal; there is only a beefy bricked foundation in the beer garden and most of the few steps about the place are clearly highlighted with tactile edging.
Beer Deluxe do a mean burger and pizzas as well (see specials below) for those wanting something that is bigger than a trance DJ's head. Pizza and beer are of course made for one another however if you ask me the grazing "beer bites" menu lends itself to far more adventurous beer and food pairings. The aforementioned pork belly paired with a bottle of BrewDog Dogma (a full on heather honey-infused wee heavy-style Scotch ale) provides a real sensation: deeply earthy and sweet flavours collide in an emphatic taste experience that must be experienced to be believed.
Address: Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne
Directions: The main entrance to Beer Deluxe can be accessed easily from Federation Square's north-side (situated along Flinders Street). If arriving by train, exit the station at its Swanston Street end. The reason being is that at the Southern side of the Flinders St / Swanston St crossing one cannot cross in an east-west direction. Access to Federation Square is instead made at a dedicated pedestrian traffic crossing. Large numbers of inconsiderate and at times aggressive pedestrians attempting to enter Flinders Street station at its main entrance are also avoided. Cross at the pedestrian lights where a shortcut can be taken. Bear left back towards the road and keep heading east for 100m or so, thereby passing the ACMI building. The main entrance to Beer Deluxe cannot be missed.
If arriving by tram into the city, Swanston St/St. Kilda Road services will get you there, as will services running along Flinders St. Melbourne's streets are arranged in a grid system hence any tram arriving into the city will run parallel to either of these. A so easy-to-follow even-a-legally-blind-person could follow it PDF can be found here.
Mon-Thurs and Sun: Midday-10pm.
Monday: $5 schooners of selected tap beers
Tuesdays: $10 pizzas all day
Thursdays: $15 burger meal deal
Anytime: If you have moved to Melbourne or visiting for an extended stay (three months or more) and plan to visit Beer Deluxe regularly, download their loyalty app from the iTunes or Google Play store. Four points are awarded for each check-in (one allowed per 24 hours) and two points are awarded for photos made with the app shot at the venue once they are added to Beer Deluxe Fed Square's Facebook page. 100 points earns a $50 bar tab!