High Country Brewery Trail
Road trip along this scenic trail to discover what's brewing in Victoria's North East.
Duration: 7 hours, 31 minutes
Total distance: Approximately 511 kilometres
Start: Mansfield (around 2.5 hours from Melbourne)
Hop along a trail that takes you from the river to the mountains, as you take in the independent breweries that make up the High Country Brewery Trail.
Start your journey in Mansfield, at Social Bandit Brewing Co, located on the fringes of town. Choose a locally-brewed beer from 12 on tap, to wash down a homestyle pizza or Ploughman's plate. Continue on to King River Brewery, located in the heart of the picturesque King Valley. Take in the spectacular views from their extensive beer garden, as you sip on a fresh brew from one of the six rotating taps.
Drive on to Taminick Cellars Winery just outside of Glenrowan and drop into Black Dog Brewery. Brewer James Booth specialises in handcrafted small batch brews, produced using traditional techniques. Enjoy a tipple in the 100 year old cellar building, or grab a takeaway pack to enjoy later with your designated driver.
Head north towards the mighty Murray River, to stop at Rutherglen Brewery. This nano brewery produces small batch beer on site and uses hop profiling to reflect seasonality. Choose from six of its own beers on tap, to enjoy with house made bread or gourmet pizza within the heritage building or the beer garden.
Pull into the historic town of Beechworth to stop into Billsons Brewery. The brewery's own heritage is showcased throughout, from the building itself (constructed in 1865), to the original recipes and labels used. The brewery is built on a natural spring and sources pure alpine water to create its range of tonic waters, gin, vodka, cordials, classic sodas and beer.
Drive two minutes down the road and enter the iconic Bridge Road Brewery, housed in the 150 year old Coach House and stables. Choose from 20 house-brewed beers on tap, alongside a packed out list of local wines. Time your visit with the brewery's daily tours, where you can meet the makers and learn what goes into creating a unique craft beer.
From here, it's a 32 minute drive to the town of Bright. Drop into to the eponymous Bright Brewery, located by the banks of the Ovens River. Take lunch or dinner in the brewery's sunlit beer garden, where you can raise a glass with friends and family to the backdrop of Victoria's dramatic Alps.
Continue on to Australia's highest brewery, Blizzard Brewing Company, located 1550 metres above the snow line. Blizzard's beers are brewed with snow-melt – fresh spring water, sourced from the underground aquifers of Dinner Plain. Opt for the handmade craft beer on tap, as you take in the views of the spectacular, surrounding Alps.
Curl back down the mountain for a scenic journey to your final spot, the family-owned Mitta Mitta Brewing Co. Hops are grown on site without the use of chemicals and water drawn directly from the property, Cuddle up by the cosy fire indoors, or settle in their beer garden, to raise a glass to Mount Bogong in the distance.
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