A craft beer cellar will open on Westfield’s Westfields shopping centre this week.

It is one of a series of craft beer cafes opening across the city, the first of which will open at the Westfield Centre in the CBD next Monday.

The opening is part of a new collaboration between the CBD and the local brewery and distilleries, and the beer will be available in tap rooms, as well as on shelves and in the pub.

Carnival of Brews founder and CEO John Gough said it was a big deal to be able to open up such a big retail space to craft beer drinkers.

“We’ve got an incredible craft beer community, it’s the reason we’re so popular with the people of the city,” Mr Gough told News.co.au.

“The idea of a beer pub with a brewery, we have a great opportunity to showcase this to the public and to show them how beer can be enjoyed.”

Beer drinkers have embraced craft beer in recent years, with more than 50 breweries opening across Australia in the past five years.

The new brewery at the centre of the Westfields project will serve beer and spirits, but Mr Guffan said it also would have a cafe section.

“Our aim is to create a space that will allow our customers to come in and have a conversation with us,” he said.

“And for us to connect with the local community and to support them in their journey.”

The cafe space will be located at the rear of the building and will feature food and drink.

It will open up in time for the festival, which is due to start on Saturday.

The brewery has been making its mark in the Melbourne region since opening its doors in 2015, and it has now made it onto the list of best craft beer bars in the city.

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