Sweetwater Brewing Company MOUNT BEAUTY
WHEN Peter Hull established Sweetwater Brewing Company in 2008 he didn't expect the craft beer market to grow as quickly as it has. "When we started there weren't a lot of breweries in Victoria and obviously now the biggest change has been the numbers of breweries that are popping up" Hull says. "People's awareness of craft beer has increased and for us we have focused on being a local brewery as opposed to brewing and distributing wider. "We like to think of ourselves as Mount Beauty and Falls Creek’s local brewery and more for people either living in the Kiewa Valley or people visiting to enjoy." With five beers always on tap the mainstays are an American-style Pale Ale, an English-inspired Golden Bitter, a spicy and fruityflavoured Summer Ale, a German wheat beer, IPA and Porter. The seasonal 'Big Fella' – named after Victoria' highest peak, Mount Bogong, a short distance away – is a high-alcohol barley wine which is extremely popular. "My philosophy is to brew beers that are acceptable to a broader palate, not just for beer geeks," Hull says. "Our beers are not at the extreme ends of profiles, not crazy in flavours, but we tend to be reasonably true to styles." Sweetwater Brewing Company brews at the foot of Falls Creek in Tawonga South. The nearby Kiewa River inspired the brewery's name, with Kiewa being the indigenous word for ‘sweet water’. The brewery incorporates a beer hall-inspired bar area and offers regional and house-made bar food and snacks. It’s an ideal location to relax and take in magnificent views of Bogong and its shorter neighbours.