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ROktober The Grampians Way - Craft Ale Tasting Trails, Live Bands, Festivals and all things Bavaria!

1 Oct 2019 by Amanda Cochran

October is the month to celebrate all things beer (Hello, Oktoberfest!) and as we head into late spring in the Grampians and the weather really warms up, what better way to quench your thirst, explore the region AND get into the summer vibes than to make a beer tasting trail of it complete with live music? Check out what's on in and around some of the Grampians region’s ale-swilling hot spots… and get into the traditional Oktoberfest feels, The Grampians Way!


Oktoberfest at 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 National Park, stop-in here on your journey west and enjoy a selection of regional wines, handcrafted ciders AND chat to brewmaster Adam who proudly produces small-batch beer on-site making only 50L at a time – it doesn’t get fresher than that!

On tap, they have their own Pomonal Pale Ale, a Pomonal Estate exclusive, as well as Red Duck from Ballarat. With local produce platters, light lunches and spectacular Grampians views this is a must on any posh “pub crawl” - do not leave without trying a tasting paddle!!

And what better way to make merry this month than at Pomonal Estate for their second Oktoberfest on 26 October. Enjoy an afternoon of bopping on the lawn to live music from local band "Orange Whip", German Sausages, Sauerkraut, a Lederhosen competition, German beers and more!

Had a tad too much fun?! Catch a ride back to Halls Gap with Grampians Wine Tours or Great Grampians Tours.



Beer on tap, live music and a new brekky menu at the Halls Gap Hotel

Situated at the foothills of Mount William in the main tourist hub of the Grampians region, the Halls Gap Hotel is the perfect place to include on a beer tasting trail. Located on the edge of town, the Halls Gap Hotel is a short bush walk to the centre of Halls Gap and their huge open veranda is the perfect place to enjoy the magnificent views of the Grampians and local wildlife.

This month on Friday, 25th at 8 pm grab an icy beverage and kickback to the blistering bluesy beats of Ash Grunwald supported by Jack Botts, but make sure you get your tickets here before the event as it's sure to be a sell-out!

The Halls Gap Hotel also has a hearty new brekky menu - ideal for that hair-of-the-dog recovery... Definitely book ahead (you can even book online!) to make sure you reserve your table; this is one very popular Grampians hangout!


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Lloyd Spiegel LIVE at Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co.

Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co. is an exciting Grampians-based independent microbrewery located in the town centre of Halls Gap.

With all of their beers brewed fresh on-site, a seasonal street-food inspired fusion menu and regular live music and events - you won’t need an excuse to visit at any time year-round, but this spring and summer are definitely set to be sizzling at this very cool new venue!

This month they're kicking off a season of awesome live music acts with Sunday Sessions featuring Nick Saxon on the 27th followed by what's sure to be an epic live performance on the 31st by Lloyd Spiegel who has just announced the release of his 10th album ‘Cut and Run’. This is your chance to get acquainted with his new tracks whilst you sip fresh ale in the mountains!


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3 Peaks Festival in Dunkeld

The popular 3 Peaks Festival is set to return to Dunkeld this Saturday, 19 October, so make sure you join in for a weekend of sunshine, shopping and of course, live music!

With a large range of unique local craft stalls, gourmet food and local wine, boutique beers and ciders from Sow & Piglet, Prickly Moses and Dog Rock Winery, plus a great range of kids activities makes this the perfect family day out or fabulous place to catch up with friends for a refreshing ale and a relaxing day in Dunkeld.


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DULC Beer & Wine Package

DULC Cabins have teamed up with Grampians Helicopters & Wine Tours to bring you an exciting new package with a beer focus right in time for the warmer months.

This package includes

  • 2 Night’s accommodation at DULC
  • Continental Breakfast Hamper
  • Bottle Local wine on arrival

PLUS a tour with stops at:

  • Pomonal Estate for a beer/cider paddle all produced on-site, enjoy the cellar door atmosphere with friendly and knowledgeable staff plus beautiful views of the Grampians National park.
  • Halls Gap Hotel, this very popular location for locals and visitors, overlooks the Grampians, with the local wildlife jumping past as you enjoy a beer or wine courtesy of your tour hosts.
  • ​Newest establishment to the block - Paper Scissors Rock Brew Co - with another beverage courtesy of your tour hosts - we suggest you try their local brew even if you are not a "beer person". As they say; "when in Rome......."



MIXX FM Horsham German Fest

The Horsham German Fest isn't quite in October but it is definitely still worth celebrating!

Held on November 9, from 3:00 pm to late at Maydale Reserve - Horsham Showgrounds. A bierhalle (beer hall) in The Maydale Pavilion will be complemented by an alfresco dining area on the riverfront amongst the German food trucks, live music, DJ's, two licensed bars, a beer stein holding competition and Miss (and Mr) Horsham German Fest will be just some of the entertainment. Lots of fun!