Black Dog Brewery TAMINICK
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.