Considering it’s only 20 minutes from the CBD, Hallertau is very country. Surrounded by orchards, the brewery’s lounge bar area has comfy leather loungers, roaring fireplace and a weighty pile of reading material. All that’s missing is the bloke with pipe. It’s entirely appropriate that Hallertau follows the German tradition of brewing beer, using only water, yeast, hops and barley to make their stable of beers. As general manager Lisa Clark says, there’s no artificial trickery in this beer. There are five beers, with seasonal brews like Maximus Decimus Meridius – not for the faint-hearted. Hallertau also make fruit wines the traditional way. Next Saturday, April 8, is Hop Harvest Beer Festival, complete with a 9-piece Oompah band.
Where: 1171 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Riverhead.