Blaz­ing beer trail

North East Tourist News - - BRIGHT & DISTRICT - By KYLIE WIL­SON

SUR­ROUNDED by the shine of rows of brew­ing equip­ment and vats, the at­mos­phere in the shed at Black Dog Brew­ery at Taminick Cel­lars is jovial and chatty.

But what is com­ing to­gether is dif­fer­ent to what brewer James Booth pro­duces ev­ery day.

This par­tic­u­lar am­ber liq­uid, a Bel­gian farm­house style ale known as grisette, is the prod­uct of hard work from a group of pas­sion­ate brew­ers who call the North East their home.

As well as James, gath­ered at the brew­ery are Ryan Ty­ack from Bright Brew­ery, Pete Hull from Sweet­wa­ter Brew­ing Com­pany, and Ste­fan Land­vogt, hail­ing from Beechworth’s Bridge Road Brew­ery.

And what this quar­tet of ale en­thu­si­asts are mak­ing to­gether is the lat­est lim­ited edi­tion beer in a se­ries they have pro­duced for the past few years as a way to show­case, and raise money to mar­ket, the North East Brew­ery Trail.

Bright Brew­ery mar­ket­ing man­ager James David­son said the brew­ers get to­gether each year to pro­duce the spe­cial beer, aimed at show­cas­ing the in­gre­di­ents avail­able in the North East as well as the skills of the brew­ers.

Pete said af­ter the trail (driven by brew­ers and fa­cil­i­tated by Tourism North East) was es­tab­lished, the idea for the col­lab­o­ra­tive brew came, nat­u­rally enough, from chat­ting over a few beers.

And Ryan ad­mit­ted the process “is a great ex­cuse to catch up and check out some­one else’s brew­ery”.

“We play around with brew­ery toys, and we learn from each other,” he said, not­ing the col­lab­o­ra­tive beer mak­ing process was an ideal way to forge “mate­ship” be­tween all the brew­ers.

He said lo­cal brew­ers al­ready had an in­for­mal and shar­ing re­la­tion­ship, of­ten vis­it­ing each other’s brew­eries and try­ing each other’s beers.

“Ev­ery­one’s out to help each other,” Ryan said.

Pete said he en­joyed the col­lab­o­ra­tive na­ture of mak­ing the brew, and said the prof­its from its sale go into a pool that helps all the brew­eries on the trail mar­ket them­selves.

“It keeps the brand of the High Coun­try Brew­ery Trail fresh,” he said, adding that the brew has be­come part of the re­newed push to­wards ac­tiv­ity based tourism, in­clud­ing cy­cling.

“There’s a foun­da­tion core of strong brew­ing his­tory here.”

The col­lab­o­ra­tive beer, known as High Coun­try Brew­ers Col­lab­o­ra­tion Rule 48, will be avail­able from each brew­ery on the trail.

More in­for­ma­tion on the High Coun­try Brew­ery Trail is avail­able by vis­it­ing www.vic­to­ri­ashigh­coun­­try­brew­ery-trail.

BREWS BROTHERS: Lo­cal brew­ers (from left) Ste­fan Land­vogt from Bridge Road Brew­ery, James Booth from Black Dog Brew­ery, Pete Hull from Sweet­wa­ter Brew­ing Com­pany and Ryan Ty­ack from Bright Brew­ery. PHOTO: Kylie Wil­son

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