High Country Hops Festival – 28th March 2015

Having spent 5 days before Christmas cruising (and occasionally wimpering) along the Murray to Mountain Rail Trail, I was able to get a wonderful appreciation for the region known as the High Country in Victoria. We started our journey in Beechworth (yes, we started and finished at a brewery!) and, given it was only a couple of days before Christmas, spent the next few days pretty much by ourselves cycling through some of the most incredible countryside, stopping at wineries for lunch, experiencing our first ever butter tasting in Myrtleford (highly recommended), tasting local cheeses, riding alongside the Rostrevor hop farm and eating at The Rail Trail Cafe which was definitely one of the many highlights on the trip! It is a magnificent break and for the most part (unless you book accommodation that is another 8kms uphill off the trail, hence the wimpering) easily accessible for both young and old cyclists. Our final stop was the perfectly located, Bright Brewery… a welcome respite to the 36C day we had been riding in.

How great then to see the announcement of the inaugural High Country Hops Festival happening on the 28th March this year. Here’s all of the official info for the festival… why not make a short break of it and explore some of this stunning countryside using your own pedal power! When I think of hops, I think of that magical ingredient that adds a little funk, some ‘tude to beer. Sometimes, when you are hit with that fresh hop aroma, you just want to scream hallelujah!! A bit like one of my favourite artists, Paolo Nutini:

via Media Release

Bridge Road Brewers are excited to announce the inaugural High Country Hops Festival, a celebration of the Victoria’s High Country Brewers and the 2015 Hop Harvest. This event is totally new for Beechworth and the region and is one that brings together like minded craft brewers and the growers of that all important ingredient, Hops. The festival will be held outdoors as a carpark festival directly behind the brewery next to our new warehouse and bottling facility. With Hops at its core the carpark festival will also feature local food producers, musicians, performers, children’s activities and even a chance to try your hand at some Archery.

We will be bringing together the four breweries of the High Country Brewery Trail, including Black Dog Brewery, Sweet Water Brewery and Bright Brewery who all share strong links with each other and our locally grown hops from Rostrevor.  James Davidson from Bright Brewery says “With our brewery located so close to one of Australia’s primary hop growing plantations, we take great pride in using the hop varieties that have been developed and grown within our own neighbourhood. The characterful hops of the Ovens Valley provide a truly local flavour and authenticity to our Bright Brewery beers, and this festival will be a showcase of how each of the region’s breweries use the local hops to create a unique and diverse range of modern beers that pair perfectly with our high country home.”

Hop Products Australia are also supporting the festival, opening the doors of their Rostrevor garden and processing facility for an official tour. A bus trip will be leaving the Bridge Road Brewery carpark on Saturday morning to give craft beer lovers an insight into the hops they love so much. Rostrevor Hop Garden has a huge history in the Ovens Valley, and has been an integral part of the regions productivity since the 1890s. We want to celebrate the fact that we have this awesome resource on our doorstep, and thank the guys that do the hard work in developing and growing the hops varieties that make our beers more exciting. The Rostrevor bus trip and tour will be hosted by Owen Johnson of HPA, who added “This is a great opportunity to celebrate the hop harvest, visit the farm and get a feel for the link between paddock and pint. We are excited about supporting the High Country brewers, and being part of this festival”.

Festival details can be found here



29th January, 2015


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