Black Dog Brew­ery TAMINICK

North East Living Magazine - - News - Words Steve Vi­vian

IF there was a poster child for the grow­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween beer and wine in Vic­to­ria's High Coun­try, then Black Dog Brew­ery is your boy. And Macca, the Booth fam­ily winery dog, and now the face of Black Dog Brew­ery, is a sym­bol of that co-ex­is­tence. Launched in 2011, Black Dog Brew­ery was con­structed at the winery of Taminick Cel­lars’ winery near Glen­rowan, south of Wan­garatta. Black Dog's head brewer, James Booth, is the great grand­son of Esca Booth, who bought the vine­yard more than a cen­tury ago. Booth is also the fourth gen­er­a­tion fam­ily wine­maker at Taminick Cel­lars, where his pas­sion for fer­men­ta­tion has led to di­ver­sity in the fam­ily busi­ness. "I love wine­mak­ing, and I started home-brew­ing when I was about 18,” he says. “I thought it was some­thing we needed to di­ver­sify the busi­ness we al­ready had.” When Booth talks about his beer sta­ble, he does more so with a wine­maker's poise than a brewer's en­thu­si­asm. "In ev­ery beer you craft you al­ways try to have some­thing that lit­tle bit unique," Booth says. "When peo­ple try your beer you want them to re­mem­ber it for what it is – and for this you want them to come back." While proud of all his Black Dog re­leases, close to Booth's heart are the ev­ery-day beers at the brew­ery such as Drifter Lager and Howl­ing Pale Ale, as well as his ‘Leader of the Pack’ IPA – a cult beer which has al­ways been held in high re­gard. An es­tate-hopped golden ale, lush with cas­cade and chi­nook hops, was our per­sonal favourite.

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