In between East Coast Lows, a number of us took a few days out to visit the South Coast of NSW. The 450km between Wollongong and the NSW/Vic border possesses some of the finest beaches and scenery you’d fine anywhere in the world. National Parks and rugged coastlines and deserted surf-breaks abound. And in the last few years – so do craft breweries. We only scratched the surface of the craft brewing scene and have plenty of reason to return to this part of the world.
My understanding driver agreed to one brewery stop on the way and we had a booking at Cupitt’s Estate, Ulladulla at 4pm. We were running 20 minutes early, when the driver spotted the “Dangerous Ales” sign on the Milton Hotel. “Fortuitous?” he asked. “That is the definition”, I replied. “15 minutes, max”, he instructed.
The Milton Hotel is a fine establishment. It has been done up to the nines and the dining room out the back has expansive views. A fair bit of coin has spent on the brewery set up too. According to the barman, Dangerous Ales got up and running in late 2019. And despite COVID19, they’ve kept it going and have plenty on tap and in cans.
8 taps pour a diverse range of beers from Cappuccino Stout to Mulberry Sour with cider, pale and marzen in between. Their canning game is also strong with plenty of variety to take away. Dangerous Ales have put plenty of thought into the artwork as well, and some merch would have been acquired if they had any.
Like many spots on the South Coast, Milton is a beautiful place. It has a great main street and you are a stone’s throw from Mollymook and Narrawallee beaches. Definitely need to linger longer next time, and have a decent sesh at the Milton Hotel – the home of Dangerous Ales.
The Milton Hotel: 74 Princes Highway, Milton NSW