There’s a hot new watering hole in Melbourne, but it’s not where you’d expect.
Young professionals are flocking to Otter’s Promise, a casual, spacious beer bar and bottle store that stocks upwards of 400 beers – all in the suburban stillness of Armadale.
Owner Dan Taranto, who launched the business as a takeaway-only shop in December, says it’s the perfect time to run a venue like his because locals want better hospitality options.
“The craft beer industry is growing in Melbourne, and there are a lot of people who are into it – so it’s a lot of fun to be part of that,” Dan says.
- 1219 High Street, Armadale
- 9042 2785
Despite the massive beer list, his focus is less on having the biggest selection in town and more on maintaining a good selection of beers that rotates often.
He stocks beers from all over the world, including plenty of new releases, but says his specialty is Victorian craft brews such as KAIJU!, 3 Ravens and CoConspirators – which are flying off the shelves.
“We try to get what’s seasonal, fun and exciting as well as some classic local craft beers. The selection is always changing to stay on trend,” Dan says.
The bar’s six taps feature everything from golden ales and lagers to richer and darker brews, depending on what’s in season or trending. There’s a mix of easy-to-drink options and more challenging styles. And as one keg finishes, it’s onto the next brilliant brew.
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The biggest trend at the moment is towards India Pale Ales, because they’re a great all-rounder. “While stouts are starting to wind down, the IPAs are always there,” he says. “Some of the newer ones are less bitter and more fruity – and people are really into them.”
The best part of Dan’s job is taking customers on a beer journey. If customers come in once or twice a week, there will be different stock for them to try – but he always keeps the tone relaxed. “At the end of the day, beer should be fun and easy going,” he says.
So now beer in Armadale is sorted, what does Dan think the next great idea for the area could be?
“If anyone wants to open a cool hipster burger joint on Glenferrie Road or High Street, they would absolutely kill it,” he says.