High Country collaboration brewing

High Country brewers’ new collaboration brew, #Rule 47

Rule #47
Drink Tripels, don’t ride triples.
Life is short, don’t waste it on bad beer.

Three new micro­breweries crafting on­site and serving up a sensational range of handmade ales have joined the four founding members of Victoria’s famous High Country Brewery Trail, now extending the length and breadth of the region.

Newcomers, Social Bandit Brewing Company
in Mansfield , Blizzard Brewery in Dinner Plain
and the Rutherglen Brewery , together with
 four established, award ­winning High Country 
craft brewers, the Bright Brewery, Black Dog Brewery in Taminick, Bridge Road Brewers in Beechworth and Sweetwater Brewing Company in Mount Beauty , will now offer visitors the chance to explore the stunning scenery, gourmet flavours and lip­smacking beers of the whole region.

To celebrate the new­look trail, all seven brewers will converge on Blizzard Brewery ­ the only brewery in Australia above the snowline ­ this Wednesday 21 September, to cook up a commemorative Belgian Ale under their established High Country Brewery Trail label, Rule #47.

For the first time, the event will be the focus of a Facebook Live session at 12.30pm when Australian Brews News hosts a live Q&A from Blizzard with two of the High Country brewers, Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers and James Booth from Black Dog Brewery.

This year is the fourth annual collaborative brew day for the High Country brewers, and for the first time, the Rule #47 brew will be sold in cans (pictured) rather than bottles, as well as on tap at each of the microbreweries around the region.

The High Country Brewery Trail now meanders from Mansfield at the foot of Mt Buller through the picturesque Goulburn Valley to the foot of the Warby Ranges, along the King and Ovens valleys beyond, climbing the Alpine peaks to Dinner Plain, descending to the Kiewa Valley and across the Murray River plains to Rutherglen.

It offers a perfect way to explore the entire High Country region. Along the way, stop off at fantastic wineries, cafes and restaurants dishing up fresh, locally sourced fare, cycle the Rail Trails or join the brewers hitting a downhill run. And at the end of the day, kick back with a cool, locally crafted ale.

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