There’s a bliz­zard brewing in the moun­tains Crafty new ven­ture at DP

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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.”

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