Beechworth craft-brewery Bridge Road Brewers is hosting annual Oktoberfest. Located in the heart of town, this small brewery has a swag of awards to its name, and is ready for this years celebration of beer and music to be a craker. The event is loosely based around the original Oktoberfest held in Munich in late September each year.
Brewery founders, Ben Kraus and his partner Maria Frischmann, have strong links to the Oktoberfest. Maria hails from the heart of the Tyrol region in Austria and has worked as a bier-maid at the Munich Oktoberfest. Ben gained his brewing knowledge in the same region and has been brewing the Bridge Road beers for a little over ten years now. The brewery has come a long way from its origins in the family garage where the business spent its first year. Its relocation to an old coach house in Beechworth’s centre has proven a success. The brewery has been able to expand its range of beers, currently 11, up from 9 last year, and increase its production capacity by 30% again this year.
The Brewery has expanded its production with the help of a state government grant. This grant was awarded for innovation, it has allowed the brewery to brew commercially viable quantities of its unique Chestnut Pilsner. This beer utilises locally grown chestnuts in its production.
Bridge Road Brewers have also begun exporting their brews this year, with beer going out to Singapore and New Zealand. Owner Ben Kraus recently returned from a trip to the NZ Beer awards, where the Chevalier Saison picked up a silver medal.
Visitors to this years event are encouraged to get out the Lederhosen or Dirndl (traditional Bavarian dress) and enjoy the festivities. The weekend will include plenty of beer, German cuisine and fun for all with a traditional ohm-pah band belting out some great drinking tunes.
Bridge Road have also brewed 2000litres of a specialty Oktoberfest Marzen for this years event. This beer has been aging in tank for over 2 months to ensure it as good as the beer offered at the real Oktoberfest in Munich.
Oktoberfest Entertainment will be provided by Alpine Cocktail, specialists in German ohm-pah music.
Visit www.bridgeroadbrewers.com.au for more information.
The Beechworth Oktoberfest will be held at Bridge Road Brewers, off Ford St, behind Tanswells Hotel, rear access from High st. It will be held between 11am and 6pm on Sat 10th and Sun 11th of October.
Bridge Road Brewers
The Old Coach House, Ford St, Beechworth VIC 3747
03 5728 2703
0422 929 235