After a great couple of days in Thredbo, a long roadtrip to Hepburn Springs in Victoria beckoned. Nothing fun was planned, but luck was running my way. As we cross-countried from the Hume Highway towards the Calder one of the kids demanded a toilet stop. “Okay, next place we see, I promise”. No sooner had the words passed my lips, than the Tooborac Hotel and Brewery loomed into view. Mrs BotF expressed sheer disbelief whilst I maintained the importance of keeping a promise. The Tooborac Hotel is a bluestone beauty and clearly very popular. The place was packed with punters, including a Buick car club. In addition to providing plenty of food and accommodation, there is also a full working brewery out the back, which looks it is expanding based on what was on the lawns.
Five standards are made and seasonals are also released. I grabbed a mixed 6 pack but took the opportunity to have a couple of pots (note the use of local lingo) of a couple of the range. I think I hit gold with my first choice – the Woodcutters Amber Ale. Really sharp and well bittered. Lovely colour as well. The beers are all well named. Blacksmiths Porter is a rich, toasted English style porter. Shearers Lager (which I had off tap) is a clean, fresh, sessionable lager. Gunslingers American Pale Ale is a mild version of the style. Stonemasons Pale Ale is pleasant enough without blowing your mind.
It’d be great to have a session at the Tooborac. Next time, I won’t drive.
Great to see Clarkes are having such a wonderful holiday and what a plank on top of aus. The troys would
Like to review more beer for you as we are in the land of beet namely England and its wet and cold so the pub is the place to be. So far I have tried a few good bitters namely bishops finger or as they say nuns delight. We had a boys pale ale from Mersey island and plenty of lager
Hi I work as a journalist at a newspaper that covers the area of Tooborac and also Hanging Rock.
Very interested in writing an article about what you’re doing and that you’ve included local hotspots.
Where can I learn more about where you’re all from/what you’re doing? Thanks.