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A Crafted Beer Tasting Trail, The Grampians Way

8 Nov. 2018

Whether you’re looking to wet the whistle after a long day exploring the Grampians or simply on a trip with friends seeking out the best watering holes, there’s nothing more rewarding than sitting back with a nice cold beer. Ahh….

Make merry and visit some the Grampians’ craft beer experts who take pride in serving up good old-fashioned country hospitality. Here’s some of the region’s best ale-swilling hot spots.

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Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co.

This exciting independent microbrewery, located in the town centre of Halls Gap, provides the perfect atmosphere for a tipple or three. Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co. hosts regular live music and events and boasts a seasonal street-food fusion menu.

Of course, the team also know their stuff when it comes to beer. All beers are brewed fresh on site. Their core range includes Normal Beer, Stone Cold Hazy, Traveller, Red ’67 and Dark Vader. Other taps rotate seasonally to keep things fresh and fun! Have a taste of everything with one of their tasting paddles.

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Grampians Ale Works

New to the region, Grampians Ale Works is a small, independent brewing company in Stawell. Having only just launched their first brew on tap, we suggest keeping an eye on their Instagram page for regular brew news.

At Grampians Ale Works you can also enjoy local wines, hand-crafted spirits, live music and more.

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Pomonal Estate

Established in 2017, Pomonal Estate owners, Adam and Pep Atchison welcome you to their winery, microbrewery and cider house. With a stunning backdrop of the Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park, stop-in here for a cold glass of craft beer while reminiscing about the day’s adventures.

Make sure you have a chat with brew-master Adam who proudly produces small batch beer on site – it doesn’t get fresher than that! On tap they have their own Pomonal Pale Ale, as well as beer & cider paddles and wine flights. With local produce platters, light lunches and spectacular Grampians views, this is a must on any posh “pub crawl”.

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Halls Gap Hotel

Situated in a stunning natural setting in the main tourist hub of the Grampians region, the Halls Gap Hotel is the perfect spot to include on your beer tasting trail.

Located on the edge of town, the Halls Gap Hotel is a short walk to the centre of Halls Gap and their huge open verandah offers magnificent views of the Grampians and local wildlife.

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Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Renowned for its award-winning fine dining, extensive wine list and luxury accommodation, it’s easy to forget that the Royal Mail Hotel was once a quintessential country pub!

The traditional style bar still boasts a very cool collection of over 30 local and international craft beers. Enjoy your thirst-quencher from the terrace overlooking the garden and views of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt after a long hike.

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The Bunyip Hotel, Cavendish

Claimed to have Australia’s best pub meal, this Western District country pub is a must on your craft beer trail. Bunyip Hotel features an ever-changing menu of top-class food made with fresh, local produce from the kitchen garden.

Kick back and enjoy the Goose Island Indian Pale Ale on tap overlooking the majestic red gums on the banks of the Wannon River.

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The Creekside Hotel, Warracknabeal

Enjoy waterfront views at The Creekside Hotel in Warracknabeal. Situated on the banks of Yarriambiack Creek in the western region's Wimmera, sit back and enjoy a few “crafties”. There’s James Squire’s 50 Lashes and White Rabbit Dark Ale on tap. Why not pair a pot with a mean pub meal too?

The Creekside is a great stop when embarking on the Silo Art Trail.