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Published March 17th 2018
Hit the high country trail in search of the best local beer
St. Patrick's day is finished, but the beer keeps flowing at the 4th annual High Country Hops Beer Festival located in Beechworth.
Historic Telegraph Station Beechworth - Photo Tricia Ziemer
Beechworth is an idyllic country town which is full of stunning historical buildings, so it is a treat to visit. And this coming weekend, they are showcasing all eight brewers of the High Country Brewery Trail, so get planning and pack.
But there is more - it is not just going to be beer and wine, but local food producers are going to showcasing their homemade goodies. So if they grew it, made it or baked it, it's going to be on show for all to enjoy and experience.
Try all the beautiful beers and walk to local B & B
According to organisers the festival was " created to bring together like-minded craft beer producers, hop growers and beer lovers. The event is a family-friendly affair, with jumping castles and a petting zoo on site to keep children entertained, beer-flavoured ice-cream and gin for the adults and live music for the whole family to enjoy."
Quick Trip to historic Beechworth and Beer Festival
Now put this date in the diary, as it is just around the corner and so is Beechworth. The High Country Hops Festival will be held on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of March at Bridge Road Brewers, from 11 am to 6 pm, with general admission tickets FREE of charge. If you want to learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
And Beechworth is a lovely town to stay overnight, even though it is only about 3 hours away. But there are some stunning B & Bs in the area. Try Barnlesly House, Albertines, Finches, or Freman on Ford for beautiful restful facilities.
There will live music including The Kissin'Cousins, (Sunday) and The Beez (Saturday), so you will be toe-tapping, while you are tippling.
This is a free event, however, they will be running hourly guided tours, finishing with a tasting of 4 unique hop variety trial beers. These cost about $15.00, but book ahead because they are very popular. See the Bridge Road Brewery website for details.
Bridge Road Brewery with tours as well as tastings
This festival, as well as the brewery, is the brainchild of the owner of the Bridge Road Brewers, Ben Kraus and his partner, Maria. Ben toured Europe and tasted all those fabulous rich, deep beers and came back with a desire to start making his own blends here in Australia, and it has been a resounding success.
By Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra - National Archives of Austrailia, Public Domain,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11873459
A must, while you are in Beechworth is to join the Beechworth Goal tour, where our famous Irish hero-come-villain, Ned Kelly, was held. Ned served 1870 for 6 months before being committed to trial for murder. His mother, Ellen, served there at the same time for the attempted murder of Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick. The Constable kept trying to take liberties with her daughter. Then, when the Constable tried to arrest Ned's innocent brother Dan of horse theft, a fight broke out with the Kelly Gang while trying to protect Dan and the Constable was shot.
Dusk in Beechworth, Victoria - Photo Tricia Ziemer