Three new micro-breweries crafting on-site and serving up a range of handmade ales have joined the four founding members of Victoria's High Country Brewery Trail, which now extends the length and breadth of the region.
The newcomers are Social Bandit Brewing Company in Mansfield, Blizzard Brewing Company in Dinner Plain and the Rutherglen Brewery (below).
They join the four established north-east Victorian craft brewers: the Bright Brewery, Black Dog Brewery in Taminick, Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Mount Beauty. To celebrate the new-look trail, all seven brewers will converge on Blizzard Brewing on September 21 to brew a commemorative Belgian Ale under their established High Country Brewery Trail label, Rule #47.
For the first time, the event will be the focus of a Facebook Live session at 12.30pm when Australian Brews News hosts a live Q&A from Blizzard with two of the High Country brewers, Ben Kraus from @Bridge Road Brewers and James Booth from @Black Dog Brewery.
The Rule #47 brew will be sold in cans (pictured) rather than bottles, as well as on tap at each of the microbreweries around the region.
The High Country Brewery Trail now meanders from Mansfield at the foot of Mt Buller through the picturesque Goulburn Valley to the foot of the Warby Ranges, along the King and Ovens valleys, climbing the Alpine peaks to Dinner Plain, descending to the Kiewa Valley and across the Murray River plains to Rutherglen. It offers a perfect way to explore the entire High Country region.
Rule #47: Life is short, don’t waste it on bad beer.