Wine-no? Hop along the Cider and Ale Trail in the Yarra Valley…

The Yarra Valley is best known for its wineries, which attract grape lovers and locals by the barrel-load each year.

Beer paddle, Yarra Valley

Beer paddle – how do you drink yours?

But now, in the heart of this premier wine region, a handful of brewers are giving the winemakers a run for their money, tickling the tastebuds of critics, locals and visitors alike, by producing some unique and intriguing local beers.

As one of the founders of the award-winning Coldstream Brewery Bar and Restaurant and former IT salesman Rohan Peters puts it, “it was quite obvious that the only thing missing was beer and a pub.”

Coldstream brewery, Yarra Valley

Line ’em up, boys

Well, we can certainly raise a glass to that.

And so can you.

Rohan and three friends opened Coldstream Brewery in June 2007, after spotting a chance deal on a brewery, which they bought on the spot and had  shipped in all the way from New Zealand. The team now produce Coldstream beer, and a cider, handcrafted from Yarra Valley apples using a traditional rack and cloth cider press –  so popular, it has earned an avid following across Australia and Asia.

Hargreaves Hill brewery, Yarra Valley

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company

Other spots where you can stop in for a cleansing ale or cider include Punt Road Wines where the Napoleone family use fresh Yarra Valley apples and pears to handcraft their ciders or  the Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company, a family operated microbrewery and restaurant, which offers a range of ales or lagers, including a delicious Abbey Dubbel and stout.

Even some of the region’s top winemakers are in on the act, with Innocent Bystander in Healesville – creating an amber brew with their very own fleet of accomplished home brewers and beer fanatics.

Or why not hop next door to the White Rabbit Brewery known for its complex flavours and handsome character of their White Rabbit dark ale.

So the question is… who’s thirsty?

Join the cider and ale trail…

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