Sweet­wa­ter Brew­ing Com­pany MOUNT BEAUTY

North East Living Magazine - - News -

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.

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