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Wrong Side Brew­ing JAMIESON

AT the junc­tion of the stun­ning Jamieson and mighty Goul­burn rivers, Wrong Side Brew­ing opened with min­i­mal fan­fare in late win­ter of this year. It was a pen­sive in­tro­duc­tion for a brew­ery which, go­ing back decades un­der the name of the Jamieson Brew­ery and Lake­side Ho­tel, is leg­endary among hol­i­day rev­ellers and in craft brew­ing cir­cles. It's some­thing about the brew­ery's unique lo­ca­tion – with pris­tine alpine Jamieson river wa­ter flow­ing straight to its front door. This wa­ter – which makes the beer unique, too – means Wrong Side Brew­ing's head brewer Paul Hann is a happy man. "I just stand on the deck and look out on the river and imag­ine that this is where I come to work," he says. "Where else would you want to brew beer?" Since Hann took charge, the brew­ery's huge 1.4-hectare beer gar­den and deck have been re­stored to glory. The brew­ery is all set for the sum­mer rush and Hann can't wait to spend it at his new work­place. "There are not many brew­eries that have this much area where kids and fam­i­lies can have fun," he says. Wrong Side has be­come the brew­ery that the beau­ti­ful ham­let of Jamieson has been wait­ing for. Hann, who has a strong in­cli­na­tion to­ward more tra­di­tional Euro­pean beers, says the old brew-house at Jamieson is the per­fect place to hone beer styles that have been good for cen­turies. "I'd like to think that we fo­cus a lit­tle bit more on brew­ing tra­di­tional Euro­pean beers," he says. "There's such a rich his­tory in tra­di­tional beers – it's nice to brew a beer that can tell a story, that has a his­tory. Wrong Side Brew­ing's saisons are very much a tes­ta­ment to this think­ing. The brew­ery has a wide range of beers on tap in­clud­ing a pilsener, black lager, pale ale, stout, rasp­berry ale and sum­mer and win­ter saisons.

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