Bridge Road Brewers is set to host High Country Hops 2018, an event that brings together craft brewers and local hop growers.
This family friendly festival runs from 24-25 March at Bridge Road Brewers in Victoria. It is a celebration of hops, as well as other High Country Brewery Trail brewers like Bright Brewery, Black Dog Brewery, Rutherglen Brewery, Social Bandit Brewing Co, Blizzard Brewing Company, King River Brewing and Sweetwater Brewing Company.
The festival will also feature hourly guiding tours, which finish with a tasting of four unique hop variety trial beers at the Hop Trial Bar. The Hop Trial Bar will give festival goers the chance the taste four beers made exclusively for the festival. Each of the beers have been made using the same recipe and are identical except for the hop variety used. Guests will have the chance to vote on their favourite hop variety.
Brewers and other producers will be launching a range of unique products at the festival. Bridge Road Brewers will be bringing its wet hop beer The Harvest to the festival, as well as a dry-hopped gin made in collaboration with Reed & Co Distillery called Lugupin, which is made with a double serve of Galaxy hops, dessert lime and Mt pepper.
Blizzard Brewing Co will be launching its new hop beer made exclusively with freshly harvest wet Galaxy hops from the Rostrevor Hop Gardens in Ovens, while King River Brewing has collaborated with a local artisan hop farmer to release a wet-hopped Chinook SMaSH IPA (Single Malt, Single Hop) at the festival. There will also be beer-flavoured ice cream from Gundowing and beer-washed rind Milawa cheese.
Local food producers, musicians including The Kissin’ Cousins (Sunday) and The Beez (Saturday), as well as plenty of activities for children, will also be on offer.