Sitting halfway between Albury and Bright, Beechworth is a highly photogenic gold-rush town where the streets are flush with verandah-covered buildings housing all manner of boutiques, gourmet food stores, and various pieces of Ned Kelly history. Oh, and a brewery! Bridge Road Brewing takes up residence in a beautiful 150-year old coach house down a little lane-way just off the main street, and offers up fantastic core range of interesting beers as well as a solid seasonal line-up.
A tasting paddle of their marvellous brews was the order of the day, and we went for the Bling IPA, Chestnut Pilsner, Robust Porter, India Saison, and the festively seasonal Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack Red IPA. The beers are brewed on-site and best accompanied by a wood-fired pizza, my pick being a fantastic combination of tomato, Italian Gorgonzola, oregano and prosciutto, topped with rocket and almonds.
On an epic 650km drive from New South Wales to Victoria, Bridge Road’s sunshine-filled courtyard was the perfect place to settle in for some feeding and watering before hitting the road again.