Cel­e­bra­tion of high coun­try brewers

North East Tourist News - - Beechworth -

BRIDGE Road Brewers are ex­cited to an­nounce the 2nd an­nual High Coun­try Hops Fes­ti­val, a cel­e­bra­tion of Vic­to­ria’s high coun­try brewers and the 2016 hop har­vest.

Now in its sec­ond year this young high coun­try event brings to­gether like minded craft brewers and the lo­cal grow­ers of that all im­por­tant brew­ing in­gre­di­ent, hops.

This fam­ily friendly fes­ti­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of hops, but also fea­tures lo­cal food pro­duc­ers, mu­si­cians, per­form­ers, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties and even a chance to try your hand at some archery.

The fes­ti­val will be bring­ing to­gether the four brewers of the high coun­try brew­ery trail – Black Dog Brew­ery, Bridge Road Brewers, Bright Brew­ery and Sweet­wa­ter Brew­ing Com­pany - as well as Ruther­glen Brew­ery who will be of­fer­ing beer away from their home.

The high coun­try brewers all share strong links with each other and with our lo­cal hop grow­ers.

Peter Hull from Sweet­wa­ter Brew­ing in Mount Beauty said last year’s event was “one of the high­lights of 2015 for our brew­ery… a fun day in the grounds of Bridge Road Brewers which show­cased the brew­eries and beers of the high coun­try brew­ery trail, cel­e­brated the great hops grown in our re­gion and truly cap­tured the spirit of the trail”.

James Booth of Black Dog Brew­ery in Taminick says the event is “a great day out for the high coun­try brew­eries in­volved and pun­ters alike, fan­tas­tic at­mos­phere and good vibes to cel­e­brate our high coun­try brew­ery trail and the awe­some hops that are grown in our neck of the woods.”

Hop Prod­ucts Aus­tralia will again sup­port the event, of­fer­ing a hop knowl­edge stand at the event ex­plain­ing what hops are, and how they are grown and pro­cessed.

Mi­lawa Cheese and Gun­dowring Ice Cream will again be fea­tured lo­cal pro­duc­ers pro­vid­ing some great lo­cal prod­ucts to com­pli­ment the beer and the fes­tiv­i­ties.

En­ter­tain­ment for all will be pro­vided by up and com­ing lo­cal Beech­worth artist Liv Car­tledge, (liv­car­tledge.com.au) and the lit­tle ones will be en­ter­tained by Trixie the clown and un­lim­ited time on the brew­ery’s own jump­ing cas­tle.

The Gertrude Ho­tel will again be or­gan­is­ing a bus from “the Big Smoke” to join in the ac­tion and en­quiries can be made on (03) 94192823.

Bridge Road Brewers will also be host­ing many of its cus­tomers and sup­port­ers, in­clud­ing some of their in­ter­na­tional cus­tomers, for this event.

For all en­quiries email ben@ bridgeroad­brew­ers.com.au.

PHOTO: The Crafty Pint.

GET TO­GETHER: The High Coun­try Hops Fes­ti­val.

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