Sunday, 10 May 2020


2019: The Year of Local

  • Brewery Type: Gypsy
  • Region: Otway Ranges
  • Tasting Room: 57 Great Ocean Road, Lavers Hill
  • Food: Gourmet Pub
  • Brewed At: Prickly Moses & Cavalier
  • Price: Average
  • Website
Part of the beauty of doing this project is finding out about new breweries. Crowes Nest is a brewery that I stumbled across at the Queenscliff Brewhouse having never even heard of before! This lead to a lot of research, as we nursed mild hangovers (& chilli halucinations) from the previous days Geelong brewery/hot wing eating.

The story of Crowes Nest Brewery began when the Costin family purchased the struggling Lavers Hill Tavern in 2009. They announced plans to reinvigorate the Tavern including it's pub & accomodation areas and in that process add their own brewery. In mid-2014 brothers Andrew & Mitch launched their brand with beers brewed at both Cavalier & Prickly Moses. They planned to continue contract brewing until they were able to build their own brewery at Lavers Hill.

I haven't been able to confirm whether they've done that yet! They have very little social media presence & haven't been responding to my emails. Their website is also down, so there is a chance that those plans have been shelved permanently. I'll add Lavers Hill to the list of places to visit when quarantine is over & pubs are able to open again!

I really hope they haven't closed as their Czech Pilsner I had was quite interesting. It's called Pioneer & has a pretty traditional malt base. It's the hop bill where the beer intrigued me. It had this interesting herbal, almost menthol note, alongside a traditional grassy bitterness. It's a beer that I'd really like to drink a few more of! If you read this guys I would love to hear from you!

Remember it's always Beer O'Clock somewhere in the world!

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