Over the years I’ve made trips to Melbourne, but rarely do I venture outside the city and suburbs. There was a trip to Daylesford pre-blog, a Bruce Springsteen concert at Hanging Rock and a work offsite at Anglesea. A Melbourne mate that been an enthusiastic participant in Sydney and Melbourne brewery expeditions has bought a weekender in Alexandra. “Alex” is a gateway town to many things – Lake Eildon, the Victorian fields and a very exclusive golf club called the Cathedral. My mate’s a member and I paid a visit – and I’d like to return so no photos of that.
Regional Victoria is famous for its craft breweries, many of which I want to visit, and Alexandra has now gotten in on the act. On Point Brewery is not far from the main drag and is in an old butter factory that has oodles of potential. Tanks are in and a kitchen is under development. The courtyard is large and spacious and will be great in winter with fireplaces and heaters. No heaters required when we visited however. After cheering on the nags at the Alexandra Cup, we walked the short distance from the bucolic racecourse to the brewery. Short walk, but crazy high March temperatures so a big thirst.
The brewers are proud of the history and the surrounds of Alexandra and their beer labels all depict an aspect of the town and its natural attractions. There’s four core beers and they’ve done a few limited releases as well. For mine, the Pilsner can be crispier, but the Red IPA and the Brown Ale are absolute belters. I’d called the Red IPA BotD (in an admittedly small field, much like a horse race at Alexandra), but then I tried the Brown Ale. What a belter – and I had to declare a dead heat.
The visit was all to brief. I suspect a winter’s night in the butter factory with a roaring fire and a couple of Red IPA’s would be one of life’s great pleasures. It’ll happen. In the meantime, if you are in the area – go. You won’t regret it.
On Point Brewery: 9 Downey Street, Alexandra, Victoria