A Ballarat Brewery

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Ballarat’s own Aunty Jacks is a brewpub situated in the heart of the CBD – a highlight of the thriving food, drink, entertainment precinct! Our mission is to create outstanding beer that’s brewed on our Mair St site using the best quality natural and often local ingredients.

Our award winning brewing team strives to meet their own lofty standards as evidenced by the multiple medals they have won at major beer competitions – capped off by a Trophy win for their Mair St Märzen in 2023

Our Beers

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Aunty Jacks provides a number of classic beer styles whilst also exploring into modern and exciting brews. As well as the main stayers listed below, check out our seasonal offerings and the pilot batches too!

Core Range

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From a crisp, clear lager through the hopfields of vibrant ales and a robust dark beer that shouldn’t be missed – our core range beer have been honed into award winning examples of style.

Specialty Brews

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A more innovative space, some modern takes on classic examples and genre defying beers that hope to bring new flavours for your enjoyment.


As well as meeting and maintaining some high standards of quality in our beers, Aunty Jacks aims to do so in a sustainable manner where all facets of brewing are explored to be as environmentally conscious as possible.

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Low Beer Miles

We’re our own biggest supplier meaning there's no freight to get our beer into our venue.

Reduce & Reuse

Our spent grain is wheeled around the corner to 1816 Bakery where they make an amazing spent grain sourdough. We send the rest of our spent grain to local farmers to feed their sheep and cattle.


We have repurposed materials in our venue fitout to minimise the amount of new materials required.


Our cans are 100% and infinitely recyclable.

In the kitchen

We aim for 0% wastage when preparing our menu, all ‘offcuts’ are used for another purpose.

Renewable Resources

We have 59 solar panels on the brewery powering over 80% of our electricity needs and we use heat recovery to reduce energy use.

Learn Something

If you are keen to hear more about the art and science of making brewing, head to our Beer Education page to see what is on offer!

Head Brewer
Matt Ives

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Matt has been brewing the good stuff at AJs since shortly after it opened in 2020. With 8 years in the brewing industry and a stretch in liquor sales beyond that; Matt brings a consistent and measured approach to crafting the beers and enjoys the sleeves-up, hands-on approach to being on the tools.

After a very cliché start to brewing – bathtub full of bottles, labels peeling off, maybe a few explosive surprises – Matt parked his home brewing for a number of years to focus on study. When a career change beckoned he knocked on the right doors and was head first into the brewing scene, first slinging beers at a brewpub in NSW before returning home to Victoria working in a production brewery that saw the team win numerous local and international beer awards as well as rapid expansion and a commitment to quality regional Victorian product.

Matt has completed brewing science courses through major institutions in UK and Belgium and has a continued focus on education and innovation within the industry.

Aunty Jacks beers have too been awarded medals and a trophy at Australia’s leading brewing accolades the AIBAs with the entire core range landing a medal at the 2023 awards, headed up by a Trophy for Mair St Märzen for ‘Best European Style Lager’