Every month we select a new craft beer of the month and as head of research and craft beer discovery I headed on down to the Bellarine Brewing Company. B.t.w I just thought of that title; sounds like a good job title, dont you think?
The Bellarine Estate micro brewery was established in 2007 and quote “produces exceptional quality lagers, ales, pilsners and stouts.” It’s located on the Bellarine Peninsula, a short trip from Geelong in Victoria, and according to their website are the only brewery in the area brewing craft beer.
Bellarine Estate quote, “The beers are distinctly different, full of character and flavour as only quality micro brewed beer can delivery. This is beer with attitude, perfect for the first time beer drinker and loved by the mature palate of a seasoned connoisseur.”
So with a description like this I couldn’t wait to try the Bellarine Estate craft beer tasting paddle showcasing their Lonsdale Lager, Pale Ale, Mussel Stout and Ginger Beer.
But when I first saw the tasting paddle I was a little concerned and said to Katie (aka Bellarine Estate beer and wine tasting expert), “Wow, I’ve never seen a tasting paddle filled with pots!?” Katie laughed and said, “We actually make the tasting paddles here”, which added to the overall micro brewery experience, and gladly Katie didn’t fill them to the top (because I was driving) and the beer tasting game begun.
I started with the Bellarine Estate Lonsdale Lager, followed by their Pale Ale, Mussel Stout, and finished with their alcoholic Ginger beer (a first for me) and experienced a range of craft beer I’d highly recommend.
So without further adieu, the July Beer of the month is the Bellarine Estate Lonsdale Lager! And will return for the Stout (perhaps in August while it’s still winter) and the Ginger beer in summer.
Micro brewery rating? It’s a great place to try some exciting craft beer, local wine and relax by the fire.
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