Lakes Coast Visitor Guide

LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 79 Open Wednesday to Sunday and some Public Holidays. An extensive menu is on offer with 10 craft beers on tap as well as apple cider. Call in and experience great beers, great food and regional wines. 46 Main Street, Bruthen. Ph: 5157 5307 Personalised MUGS 65 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale VIC 3875 (03) 5150 2300 MUG PRICING • 1-36 Mugs $12 ea • 37-72 Mugs $9.90 ea • Colour Changing Mugs $15 ea Conditions Apply STRATFORD BAIRNSDALE PAYNESVILLE WATTLE POINT BRUTHEN TWIN RIVERS METUNG LAKES ENTRANCE Celebrating a town’s history Located next to the Bruthen Art and Information Centre at the eastern end of Bruthen’s main street, the Bruthen Heritage Precinct makes for an interesting visit with two historic huts housing displays of times gone by with specific focus on local transport and law enforcement. The two huts, an old fettlers’ hut and a former police lockup, house displays inspired by their original purposes, the first providing an insight into the his- tory of transport and travellers in the region, covering the First People, explorers, stock routes, river traffic, the railway, and the first motorised transport, and the second featuring local stories of crime and policing. BEER WITH BITE At the other end of Main Street is the Bullant Brewery, a destination rather than just another boutique brewery. With the simple idea of pairing the best onsite brewed beer with the best regionally sourced food, the craft beers brewed at Bullant are designed to match their menu just like wine. They are, however, enjoyed equally as a solely refreshing beverage. Visitors to the Bullant Brewery are invited to view the magnificent copper brewhouse through the large, wide viewing windows, as they taste the latest brew. The beers are named for the uniqueness of the area in which they are prepared - Barksheds wheat beer, for the local bark huts built by Billy O’Mara to store wattle bark used in leather tanning; Mossiface Pale Ale, for the nearby river flat area where hops were grown and historic hop kilns can still be seen; Tambo River Pilsner, for the river that flows through Bruthen; Doctors Flat Rye Beer, for Doctor Arbuckle who travelled with Angus McMillan, the locality of Doctors Flat on the Great Alpine Road named for him; Double Bridges India Pale Ale, as the highway originally The Bruthen Heritage Precinct features historic displays of local history including this photo of sleeper cutters in Bruthen in March 1929. Photo: Victorian Railways crossed the river locally twice; the Pig and Whistle Brown Ale, for the place where local road workers would hide their beer from their tee totalling boss; and Piano Bridge Stout, for the bridge on the way to Omeo, named either for its loose boards, like a piano, or for the piano that was smashed beyond repair on its way up the mountains. As the beer or season changes, so does the food prepared onsite to accompany it. Sourcing regional and local products as much as possible, Bites @ Bullant Brewery offers a menu of fine meals or snacks that present a contemporary approach to food enjoyed with beer.