Australia’s highest brewery opens in Dinner Plain
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 (pictured) 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,” he said. “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.
Bringing it all together is head brewer Alan Sheppard, cofounder of Barcelona’s Edge Brewing, which was voted the top new brewer in the world by Rate Beer in 2014.
He has kicked off the menu with six unique takes on a pale ale, amber ale, lager, IPA and kolsch. There is even an aromatic lavender lager on tap, crafted for those who appreciate delicate notes.
“The Brandy Creek Kolsch will be very popular after a big day out on the slopes because it’s very approachable and doesn’t have too much bitterness in it,” Mr Hubbard says.
“But for those who do like a hoppy taste, the Powder Pale Ale will be something they’ll go for.” As for his favourite, it’s the Avalanche Amber Ale. “It’s so smooth and delicious,” he said, beer in hand.