- Brewery Type: Physical
- Region: High Country
- Tasting Room: 1639 Mitta North Rd, Mitta Mitta
- Food: Modern Australian, Pizza (Night Only)
- Price: Slightly Pricey
- Website: https://www.mittabrewing.com.au/
Alec put in a call to his mate Tim in 2012 & asked if he'd be interested in moving up to the High Country & starting a brewery. Tim, with family in tow, moved to the Mitta Mitta Valley to pursue his dream of running his own brewery. Although, it probably took a little longer than he was expecting to come together.
The journey from idea to finished brewery took almost 6 years! They, along with their respective partners Jen & Chris, built everything by hand using their own savings & the help from some generous family members. In late 2017 they were close to opening, but needed a little more cash. It was then that they became one of the first Australian breweries to use formalized crowd funding, when they used Ready Fund Go to raise about $10,000 to pay for trades & things they weren't able to do themselves. They smashed the goal; ending up with over $35,000!
This money meant that they were finally able to open the doors to the brewery they'd built themselves. The taproom is approachable & has been made using local timber & re-purposed materials. From the car park in front of the brewery you get a lovely view over the beer garden to the brewery itself; ostensibly a tin shed, that has had some wood fitted to it to make it look homely & inviting.
The beer garden is exactly where we took our place on a cold but sunny winter's day. It's a tree lined, grassed, fenced area where there were a number of kids running around. Dogs are also welcome on leads. The seating is quite heavy looking wooden benches and tables & is located in a perfect sun trap. The views from the brewery looking towards Mt Bogong are stunning!
The beer I'm reviewing is their Pale Lager. It's a really impressive lager, one of the better ones you'll find in Australia. The base malt is clean with some slightly sweet cereal grains, I'd also wager there's a touch of wheat as the mouthfeel is quite full. There's good grassy bitterness from the hops that they produce on site. I've also got to give a shout out to their Maibock, which was superb!
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