King River Brewing KING VALLEY
WHEN we first discovered King River Brewing, driving through the heart of the King Valley, we couldn't believe our eyes. The site of the brewery is the famous old Cucina restaurant which, centred around an old tobacco kiln converted into a pizza oven, is a properly rustic barn. Opening in February 2017, King River Brewing dropped the restaurant vibe for a more laid-back feel in the barn. On tap at King Valley Brewing you'll find both easy-drinking styles including a crisp and easy-to-imbibe kolsch, altbier and American IPA, as well as a strong nod towards Belgian farmhouse beers, such as a Belgian tripel, saison and pale ale. For tucker, you can't go wrong, with pizzas, pretzels and gourmet sausages all on offer to back up the European style of the valley farmhouse. In the garden, tree canopies provide shade for kids, while the taproom backs onto a luxuriant garden in which you’d do little but drink…beer. King River Brewing owner and brewer-in-chief Nathan Munt says he wants the setting of his brewery to encapsulate what the King Valley is all about. "I guess it's just being relaxed and having a good time," he said. "A lot of our beers are really approachable, while this place is really relaxing – and King Valley is really relaxing. "If we're going to embody what the location is, which is what I'd really like to do, we just want people to relax and enjoy themselves here at King River."