Fonzie Abbott Fox Street Factory
While it’s likely you’ve sampled Fonzie Abbott coffee from its Hamilton and James Street espresso bars, or one of its many stockists, Fox Street Factory is where the magic really happens. The Fonzie Abbott guys have been roasting at the Albion site for quite some time now, offering fresh barista-made brews at its Fox Street locale. The acclaimed roaster shook things up massively in 2018, taking over a neighbouring warehouse to install a top-of-the-line brewery. The warehouse was divided into two halves – one half housing a 15-hectolitre system with five fermentation tanks, a bright tank and kegging and canning apparatus, and the other for Fonzie Abbott’s coffee roaster and a kitchen. The original Fox Street building has also undergone significant changes as well – the central wall dividing the coffee nook and old roasting portion has been removed, expanding the interior to house table-service seating inside and a ten-tap bar. In addition to the core range of beers, drinkers can expect a total of eight styles including the likes of red IPAs, watermelon and pear saisons, tropical pale ales and a ginger beer. The food offering at Fonzie Abbott has also changed, with a greater selection of grab-and-go cafe bites now on offer, as well as seasonal share plates, cheese boards, pizzas and burgers and a forthcoming on-site food truck dishing up some primo drinking fare. Fonzie Abbott is looking to employ a closed-loop system, in which its spent grain will be used to feed cattle, the milk from which be used for coffee. Used coffee husks will also be turned into fertiliser, nourishing gardens from which Fonzie Abbott’s kitchen will source produce.