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.