There’s a blizzard brewing in the mountains Crafty new venture at DP
MELTING snow and clear unpolluted skies make the waters of the high Victorian Alps some of the purest in Australia. Such an unadulterated ingredient – snow melt – is what inspired Blizzard Brewing Company founder Mark Hubbard to produce Australia’s newest brews, carefully crafted by an award-winning brewer.
“When you go to a vineyard you can taste the influences of the environment on the wine. That’s what I’m mostly excited about in our beer; we’re brewing with the freshest water available to any brewer in Australia.”
Nestled among the snow gums at Dinner Plain, 1550 metres above sea level, Blizzard Brewing Co. opened its doors at Easter, with its brews served at venues throughout Dinner Plain, Hotham and Falls Creek.
But it’s at the brewery itself that visitors get the ultimate beer experience, with the opportunity to taste the locally sourced ingredients separately, including hops from Myrtleford and lavender from Harrietville.
Alan Sheppard, co-founder of Barcelona’s Edge Brewing, which was voted the Top New Brewer in the World by Rate Beer in 2014 helped kick start the venture.
He’s now been replaced by Christopher Haren most recently at Rogue Wave Brewing at Aireys Inlet.
“He’s swapped the Great Ocean Road for the Great Alpine Road,” Hubbard said.
“We have only been open a few months and we are pretty happy with the takeup, the venues who have our beers on tap are doing really well.
“It is a great location here at the bottom of the ski run but I’m constantly surprised by how many people stay in Dinner Plain and don’t know about us.
“The other great challenge here is the tyranny of distance – getting raw product to the brewery is a costly exercise, I think we would be the most remote craft brewer in the country.”
Hubbard says punters are torn on their favourite.
“The Brandy Creek Kolsch is very popular after a big day out on the slopes because it’s very approachable and doesn’t have too much bitterness in it,” he said.
“But for those who do like a hoppy taste, the Powder Pale Ale will be something they’ll go for.
“My personal favourite is the Avalanche Amber Ale -- it’s so smooth and delicious.”