Chatting to the lady manning the stall, I learnt a lot about beer and the brewery. Eric the owner started this business 22 years ago, and it is one of Australia's first craft breweries. Its pure beer without the hangover she tells me. Better still, it is all Australian owned and family run. The water is sourced locally in Gippsland and there are no preservatives or additives.
Not being a drinker, I actually didn't taste the beer, but there was a customer standing right next to me singing the praises of the beer and downing a few samples while he stood there.
I think I might have to drive up to the Strzelecki Ranges and check out the brewery and do one of their tours. With over 160 Australian and International awards, theres got to be a story brewing there.
Reading their website, looks like they have a restaurant also for me to eat in and then to fall over and have a good nights sleep in their guest house. Who knew ! I'll just have to make sure I take a beer drinker with me to truly make good use of the experience.
They are at a plethora of markets and events. You'll just have to read their fascinating webpage to find out all.
Don't forget to 'like' both their facebook pages i.e. Grand Ridge Brewery and The Grand Ridge Brewery Restaurant and Bar to keep up with where they're at along with their webpage.
This is a snippet I just read out of their Facebook page. Their chef has just made some new desserts like a Chocolate and Beetroot Brownie, a Ginger Pear and Orange Crumble, a Peanut Butter and Chocolate Tart and my favourite, a Caramel Slice.
Looks like they do more than just craft beer made out of pure clean spring water without the use of chemicals, sugars or preservatives, but their restaurant also has a top class chef that uses local produce in a rustic country ambience. Sounds like a win win to me.
I'm so excited with my discovery and I don't even drink beer. Looks like Mirboo, here I come !