Join us for drinks in Sydney Tell me more!

Bridge Road Brewers

Budding young winemaker Ben Kraus headed to Italy at the start of the Millennium to learn more about the art of making wine. Somewhere along the way, he got distracted on the ski slopes of Austria and ended up working at Tiroler Bier, a traditional microbrewery in Innsbruck, and returned to Australia a brewer, steeped in the traditions of the amber nectar.

Founding Bridge Road Brewers in his dad's Beechworth backyard, he quickly established himself as one of Australia's finest craft brewers and later installed his brewery at the High Country town's old Coach House and Stables. There, visitors can sit among wooden clad tanks sampling a wide range of beers (and occasionally cider) while watching the brewers at work.

Ben didn't just bring brewing skills back from Europe, however, he brought his Austrian partner Maria, who bakes the best pretzels this side of Munich ' perfect for soaking up your beer.

An everpresent at the High Country's festivals, Bridge Road Brewers also hosts regular events of its own, from lederhosen-laden Oktoberfests to slot car racing with a track that weaves around the tanks. In late 2009, Ben began expanding into the neighbouring warehouse and entered the international export market in a bid to fly the Aussie craft beer flag overseas. It's an expansion that seems to be never-ending, with a new brewhouse installed in 2012 to help him keep up with growing demand.

Always on the lookout for new ways to brew and to spread the word about craft beer, Ben's been at the forefront of Aussie brewers taking part in collaborations, flying to Norway to brew with Ní¸gne í?, then welcoming the brewer Kjetil Jikiun back to Beechworth, sending one of his brewers to brew at the UK's Thornbridge and also collaborating with Mikkeller. In 2012, he also began inviting staff from Australia's top beer bars to concoct their own beer ideas and bringing them to the brewery to help make them. All in all, it's fair to say he keeps himself busy.

Name
Bridge Road Brewers
Address

Old Coach House
Ford Street
Beechworth VIC 3747

Phone
(03) 5728 2703
Website
Hours

Lunch: 7 days from midday to 3pm
Dinner: Fri to Sun from 6pm to 8.30pm
Brewery door open daily from 11am

Tours

By appointment

The Specials

Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber 6.0
Bridge Road Brewers Harvest & Dark Harvest 2016
Bridge Road & Doctor's Orders Berliner Weisse Pack
Bridge Road Magical Unicorn Christmas Beer
Bridge Road & Friends Christmas Countdown
Bridge Road Craft Beer Variety Pack
Bridge Road & Beer DeLuxe Little REDemption IPA
Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 5.0
Bridge Road & Modus Operandi Rye Ale Rumble
Bridge Road & 8 Wired Nieuw Bruins
Bridge Road Harvest Ale & Dark Harvest 2015
Bridge Road Brewers Little Bling
Bridge Road Chevalier Saison le Printemps
Bridge Road Brewers 1000
Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber Mach 4.0
Bridge Road One Autumn Sunday Morning Somewhere Three Hours North of Melbourne / Fat Man Red Suit
Bridge Road Brewers IPA Pack
Bridge Road Brewers Enigma New World Pilsner
Bridge Road Dark Harvest 2014
Bridge Road Harvest Ale 2014
Bridge Road & Nogne O Aurora Borealis II
Bridge Road / Grain Store Tony Brown
Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 3.0
Bridge Road Bar Series: New Sydney Best Little Elixir In Town
Bridge Road Bar Series: The Wheaty Weisse Ohne Schuss
Bridge Road Harvest / Dark Harvest 2013
Bridge Road Bling Bling Imperial IPA
Bridge Road / EDGE Waldo
Bridge Road / Nogne O Aurora Borealis
Bridge Road / Local Taphouse 13 Hours On A Bus
Bridge Road / Archive Tennessee Stud
Bridge Road / The Scratch Scrotch
Bridge Road Bar Series: The Norfolk Cecil
Bridge Road Bar Series 1: Josie Bones Revolution
Bridge Road B2 Mach II
Bridge Road / Mikkeller Dark Harvest
Bridge Road Pride of Ringwood IPA
Bridge Road Summer IPA
Bridge Road / Ní¸gne í? India Saison (Oz)
Bridge Road Single Hop IPAs (bottled)
Bridge Road Stella IPA
Bridge Road Saison Noir
Bridge Road Dog's Breakfast (Brew 500)
Bridge Road's The Harvest (2011)
Bridge Road Chevalier Dunkelweizen
Bridge Road Saison de Printemps
Bridge Road Summer Ale
Bridge Road Galaxy IPA
Bridge Road B2 Bomber
Bridge Road Megachile Pluto Braggot

The Regulars

Bridge Road Golden Ale

While, even by modern standards, Ben Kraus from Bridge Road Brewers releases heaps of one-off and seasonal beers, for the most part his core range has remained the same for a few years, the odd tweaked recipe notwithstanding. Yet with the release of this Golden Ale, the core range is altering. Out goes his first ever beer, the Australian Ale (which will remain as a seasonal release) and in comes a new session beer. It's a gleaming bright golden affair with a light fluffy head from which candied lemon ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.4%

Bridge Road Chevalier Dunkel Hefeweizen

Having traced his family roots back to Germany, it was only right that Ben Kraus should create some of its beer styles. This one, from the southern state of Bavaria, has enjoyed a renaissance in its homeland in recent years with young Germans discovering a taste for its full aroma and flavour. With big wafts of clove and banana on the nose paving the way for a rich, roasted choc-banana flavour followed by a lingering roast bitterness. The beer underwent a reinvention in 2012 when Ben introduced a ··· Read more
Style
Dunkel Hefeweizen
Strength
5.2%

Bridge Road Chevalier Biere De Garde

Another take on a fairly rare European style, this is comfortably the biggest beer in the Bridge Road range, other than occasional specials. Loosely based on a traditional French / Belgian farmhouse ale, it contains spices that bounce off the hefty malt backbone to create a dried fruit aroma with hints of star anise and clove, all in combination with fruity esters from the yeast strain. A complex beer that shows its full range as it warms, it's a good match for game dishes and desserts. ··· Read more
Style
Biere De Garde
Strength
7.5%

Bridge Road Robust Porter

A delicious combination of mocha and chocolate flavours and aromas make Bridge Road's Robust Porter a great beer for the colder months ' or as an accompaniment to sweet desserts. It's big without being heavy and, if you're feeling brave, the brewer recommends trying it with freshly shucked oysters. ··· Read more
Style
Robust Porter
Strength
5.2%

Bridge Road Chestnut Pilsner

An experimental batch of lager featuring chestnuts grown locally to the brewery in 2009 proved successful enough for a new variant to return a year later as a permanent fixture on the Bridge Road lineup in 2010, this time as the Chestnut Pilsner. Clean and crisp, in part thanks to the Galaxy hops also grown locally in the Ovens Valley but also the three months this beer spends conditioning before release, it's a traditional beer style given a subtle nutty twist. ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner

Bridge Road Chevalier Saison

A superb recreation of the classic Belgian farmhouse style, this captures all of the delicate spices and fruit essences you would want in a Saison and was deservedly shortlisted for Best Victorian Beer at the 2010 Australian International Beer Awards. Its part citrusy, part spicy aroma comes from the particular yeast strain used as well as the addition of different fruits, including - on occasion - locally farmed quince. Fantastically refreshing and with a tart, dry finish, it's great with a wide ··· Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6%

Bridge Road Bling IPA

A big, brash number crammed full of modified malts and hops in Bridge Road's recreation of the classic British style. Back in its earliest incarnations, it was a pretty traditional recreation of English IPAs too, heavy on the rich malts as well as piling on the hops. It's changed over the years, leaning more closely to American, paler in hue and with hops more of the citrus and pine ilk. Indeed, today the Bling sits well within a family of Blings at Bridge Road, from big brother Bling Bling at the ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Ale
Strength
5.8%

Bridge Road Australian Ale - RETIRED

Tapped Wed May 15 2013
Ben's first beer under the Bridge Road banner remains an accessible starting point to his range. A balance of sweet malt and hop flavours give way to a slightly fruity finish for an eminently sessionable beer. ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.4%

Bridge Road Beechworth Pale Ale

A fine example of the modern Australian take on pale ales. Originally inspired by the hoppier variations to come out of the States, it favours piney, citrusy and tropical hops that give it an enticing aroma and contribute to a gently lingering bitter finish. Beautifully balanced and endlessly refined over the years, it's Bridge Road's benchmark beer and one that always polls well in the annual Hottest 100 poll. The brewers reckon it's a good match for spicy or oily dishes too. ··· Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
4.8%

Bridge Road Celtic Red Ale

Originally brewed as a one-off for Beechworth's annual Celtic Festival, it proved such a hit Ben had no choice but to make it a year round addition to his range. This rich, deep red ale in the Celtic tradition has a powerful malt body displaying both roasted and toffee characteristics with a hint of nuttiness. It's topped off with minimal bitterness from noble hop varieties. ··· Read more
Style
Celtic Ale
Strength
5.3%

The Specials

Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber 6.0

Tapped Wed Jul 27 2016
Bridge Road Brewer's anniversary beer has become one of its most eagerly anticipated. The B2 Bomber is now into its sixth year and remains the same while changing each year. It's always a combination of dark malts, heaps of punchy hops, a Belgian yeast and heaps of booze. And each year the brewers look to cram more of pretty much everything into it. It's no different for Mk 6.0, for which the brewers added more malt and more hops – 12 different malts and 11 hop varieties including, for the first ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Belgian Black IPA
Strength
10.0%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Brewers Harvest & Dark Harvest 2016

Tapped Fri Apr 8 2016
For the past few years, Bridge Road Brewers has been at the forefront of the push for greater recognition for Aussie hop varieties, particularly those developed by Hop Products Australia (HPA). Alongside its range of single hop IPAs, the brewery's annual harvest beers play a great role in introducing people to the flavours and aromas of varieties being grown in the Victorian High Country and Tasmania. Usually, they feature one or more as-yet-unreleased varieties. However, with the Rostrevor hop farm ··· Read more
Style
Harvest Ales
Strength
5.8% & 6.6%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewery

Bridge Road & Doctor's Orders Berliner Weisse Pack

Tapped Tue Jan 12 2016
Tis the season of the Berliner Weisse. And why not, as when done well, there's little more suited to a hot Aussie summer (or refreshing one's palate mid sampling session). One of the first brewers to play around with the style here, Darren Robinson of Doctor's Orders, has joined forces with one of the country's foremost collaborators to create not one, not two, not three, but four of them. The original Berliner Weisse (whose few remaining brewers must be looking at what's happening globally with ··· Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Bridge Road Magical Unicorn Christmas Beer

Tapped Thu Dec 17 2015
Not content with creating a 24 beer advent calendar with a bunch of his Aussie brewing peers, Ben and his team at Bridge Road have gone and created a Christmas beer too. Originally conceived for last night's Grain Store Christmas dinner, the challenge was to create a beer for dessert. The challenge was also given to Modus Operandi, who came up with a spiced pudding porter. With the Bridge Road offering a vanilla custard / ice cream inspired affair, the two beers were served together. As a standalone, ··· Read more
Style
Dessert Beer
Strength
7.3%
Stockists

The Cherry Tree Hotel

Rupert on Rupert

Bridge Road & Friends Christmas Countdown

Tapped Thu Nov 5 2015
In recent years, we've seen various versions – usually homespun such as this by 250 Beers – of craft beer calendars. The idea is that each day you open a box / drawer / door and inside is a tasty beer for you to enjoy as you countdown the days to Christmas. Now, continuing to plough their furrow as Australia's innovative packagers nonpareil, Bridge Road has gone and done it with real style. They've put together the Craft Beer Christmas Countdown: a properly packaged and suitably colourfully decorated ··· Read more
Style
Fun
Strength
Various
Bitterness
Nothing bitter about this
Stockists

Dan Murphy's

Bridge Road Brewers – in person or via their online store

Bridge Road Craft Beer Variety Pack

Tapped Tue Sep 29 2015
It was on a trip to the States in 2014 for a festival at Firestone Walker that Bridge Road's Ben Kraus conceived yet another idea for educating the masses about craft beer. The man who has already launched IPA packs both in the form of IPAs packaged with an IPA glass and Hops packs featuring four different single Aussie hop IPAs* spotted variety packs on sale in the craft beer sections of supermarkets and figured he'd launch his own. The toughest part, he says, was deciding which beers to put in ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Stockists

NB: As of the day this is posted, packs were still on their way to venues. Expect to find them on shelves from early October

Bridge Road & Beer DeLuxe Little REDemption IPA

Tapped Tue Aug 25 2015
We're coming to suspect that Ben Kraus and his team at Bridge Road are operating a series of hidden underground breweries as well as the one that you can see when you visit their Beechworth home. How else to explain the fact that we seem to list plenty of new releases from them (not to mention the regulars they keep pumping out in-house and the small batches that only go to Posse members) and yet still seem to miss some? Either that or Fairy Gary has been spreading some magical beer dust over the ··· Read more
Style
Red IPA
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Beer DeLuxe Albury

Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 5.0

Tapped Thu Jul 16 2015
To mark ten years of brewing at Bridge Road, the Beechworth mob did what they've done in the past for their anniversary: they brewed the B2 Bomber. But bigger than ever before. The beer would fit into a category along the lines of double black Belgian IPA. Or one marked "Gauntlet Beer". "What's a Gauntlet Beer?" you may ask. "Something we came up with about a third of the way through the bottle," we might answer. "Why?" Well, because it's the sort of beer that ··· Read more
Style
Double Black Belgian IPA
Strength
9.5%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Royal Mail

Cinema Nova

New Sydney, Hobart

And in bottle at good beer stockists nationwide

More stockists...

Bridge Road & Modus Operandi Rye Ale Rumble

Tapped Fri Jun 26 2015
When the crew from Modus Operandi drove south from Sydney to Melbourne for Good Beer Week 2015, they made a small detour towards Beechworth and the home of Bridge Road Brewers. They say the main purpose of their visit wasn’t just to drink beer and eat Ned Kelly pies, though there’s no way to tell if that’s the truth. However, while there, they did at least take part in a double collaboration. The way it worked was that the same base beer, using the same malt profile that included a dose of ··· Read more
Style
Red Rye IPA
Strength
7.1%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Modus Operandi Brewery

Limited kegs to select craft beer venues nationally

More stockists...

Bridge Road & 8 Wired Nieuw Bruins

Tapped Tue Jun 16 2015
If you're in any way interested in beer, it's hard not to be excited by the times in which we live. While around 60 percent of sales within the "craft" market may be made up of pale and golden ales, there's so much else going on – particularly on the fringes. And particularly on the fringe where people are playing with yeasts and bacteria. It's probably the most risky area in which to experiment but one that is producing some fascinating results. Among the most fascinating is this pair ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Wild Fermented Brown Ale
Strength
8.3%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Good beer stockists nationwide

Bridge Road Harvest Ale & Dark Harvest 2015

Tapped Fri Apr 3 2015
These days, you'll find plenty of people brewing their own variants of wet hop or fresh hop beers come harvest time, utilising hops taken from the farm in their beers on the day they are picked without drying or processing them first. Australia's most notable exponent of such beers has been Bridge Road Brewers who, for a number of years (eight, they reckon), has taken full advantage of their proximity to one of the country's largest hop farms to use unreleased, experimental varieties in the annual ··· Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Beers
Strength
4.4% & 6.6%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Good beer venues across the country in bottle and limited kegs

Bridge Road Brewers Little Bling

Tapped Fri Mar 13 2015
First there was Bling. Then came Bling Bling. Next up was the new, improved Bling. And now there’s Little Bling, as Bridge Road adds a third blingy string to its roster of IPAs (not counting the rather lengthy list of single hop IPAs, such as Galaxy, Summer, (St)Ella, Vic Secret, even Pride of Ringwood, of course). The Little Bling is, as the name suggests, the smallest of the Bling family but equally eye-catching in its choice of clothing, opting for a mildly hallucinatory skin of vision-wobbling ··· Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
3.5%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Nationwide at good beer venues in bottle and on tap

Bridge Road Chevalier Saison le Printemps

Tapped Wed Dec 17 2014
We wouldn't be surprised if Bridge Road founder Ben Kraus surveys the contemporary beer world and allows himself a wee chuckle now and then. For years, his was pretty much the only saison available (there had been Matilda Bay's Barking Duck; Temple brewed one for a while) and now they're all at it. We're not complaining as Crafty has been an advocate for the style for years too; not only does a good one have, as Ben insists, appeal for newcomers to craft beer as well as enough interest for aficionados, ··· Read more
Style
Elderflower Saison
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewers

Good bottleshops nationwide

Bridge Road Brewers 1000

Tapped Wed Dec 3 2014
The anniversaries are coming thick and fast in the Aussie beer world right now. Among a run of major anniversaries comes this, the 1000th brew by Bridge Road, less than ten years after the first took place in the original brewery a couple of kilometres from the Beechworth brewery's current home in the Old Coach House. To mark the occasion, founder Ben Kraus was always going to go big and, having already released an imperial porter, various high alcohol barrel-aged Belgian beers and a double IPA among ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
Strength
11.2%
Stockists

Bridge Road

Good beer venues nationwide

Bridge Road Brewers B2 Bomber Mach 4.0

Tapped Fri Aug 8 2014
One of Bridge Road's most popular annual releases is back in its fourth incarnation. The B2 Bomber first took to the skies to mark the brewery's birthday back in 2010. Ever since then (barring one exception) it has been the birthday brew, evolving (well, being beefed up is probably more accurate) each year. It's a melding of styles that takes in black IPA and Belgium, with the former meaning plenty of dark malts and punchy hops, the latter providing a fruity, herbal yeast character. Last year saw ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Black IPA
Strength
8.6%
Stockists

Bottles:

Grape and Grain Morrabbin

Olinda Cellars

Slowbeer

Barny's

Beer Cartel

The Park Hotel

Kegs:

More stockists...

Bridge Road One Autumn Sunday Morning Somewhere Three Hours North of Melbourne / Fat Man Red Suit

Tapped Mon Jul 7 2014
It's just as well there's no self-imposed, Twitter-like character limit at Crafty Towers. If there was, we'd pretty much have exhausted it with just the names of two new limited releases from Bridge Road. One, which left the brewery late June, was given the dubious honour by Bridge Road's senior brewer Steve of "the worst beer name ever". Said name is One Autumn Sunday Morning Somewhere Three Hours North of Melbourne and the beer is the collaboration with Leo from Birra del Borgo and Tobias ··· Read more
Style
Black Session IPA / India Red Ale
Strength
Various

Bridge Road Brewers IPA Pack

Tapped Sun Jun 8 2014
Bridge Road Brewers continue their ongoing mission to educate the world about all things hops with a new partnership that has been struck up with glassware manufacturer Spiegelau. The Beechworth brewery has just released a rather eye-catchingly packaged three-pack of its Bling IPA in which the space for a fourth beer is instead taken by one of Spiegelau's specialist IPA glasses, first released last year after being developed in conjunction with American breweries Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. Having ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Stockists

Specialist bottleshops, Dan Murphy's and BWS nationwide

Bridge Road Brewers Enigma New World Pilsner

Tapped Mon Apr 28 2014
The new and experimental hop lovers at Bridge Road Brewers have managed to snag a swag of the latest variety to be put into commercial production by Hop Products Australia. Enigma has been rushed through the development process, which can usually take a decade or more, faster than any other hop variety in HPA's existence. You may recall reading about it a few months ago on this site when HPA's hop breeder Simon Whittock let slip about Enigma in an interview at a time when it was still supposed to ··· Read more
Style
New World Pilsner
Strength
5.0%

Bridge Road Dark Harvest 2014

Tapped Mon Apr 21 2014
The second of Bridge Road's annual wet hop releases is back. First brewed with Mikkeller in 2012, it's called Dark Harvest for two reasons. The beer was originally brewed at night, partly due to the Danish gypsy brewer's schedule while in Australia (including this and this for newcomers to The Crafty Pint), and is also deep brown - almost black - in colour. The original beer used an experimental hop variety from Hop Products Australia that gave the beer an incredibly distinctive choc orange aroma ··· Read more
Style
Wet Hop Ale
Stockists

Kegs:

Brother Burger & The Marvellous Brew

The Terminus

Two Row

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

[The Local Taphouse Darlo](/beer/

More stockists...

Bridge Road Harvest Ale 2014

Tapped Thu Apr 10 2014
The annual Bridge Road Harvest Ale release has become an event of note for both beer lovers looking for a hoppy new drop and the hop growers at Hop Products Australia, who learn much about how some of their experimental hop varieties will perform. Each year, head brewer Ben Kraus selects a different, as-yet-unnamed hop variety from the Rostrevor Farm just down the road from his Beechworth brewery, picks the entire crop and throws it into a beer as it is, still fresh and wet from the bines. This year, ··· Read more
Style
Wet Hop Ale
Stockists

Unblended kegs:

Woodlands Hotel

The Terminus

Goldmines Hotel

The Catfish

Raccoon Bar

Builders Arms

Spotted Mallard

More stockists...

Bridge Road & Nogne O Aurora Borealis II

Tapped Wed Feb 12 2014
Given the extraordinary lengths that Bridge Road and their Norwegian brewing buddies went to to create the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis beers – involving brews on either side of the planet, and unrefrigerated shipping of said brews from one side of the world to the other in barrels via ship – they will presumably be rather chuffed with their reception. Aurora Australis is currently the highest rated Australian beer ever on Ratebeer and Aurora Borealis scored a top 10 finish in the recent ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Tripel
Strength
9.1%
Stockists

Bridge Road

And at good craft beer-supporting bottleshops.

Bridge Road / Grain Store Tony Brown

Tapped Tue Sep 10 2013
Of all the things a particularly active anti-alcohol campaigner could wish for, having a beer named in their honour is probably not that high on the list. But clearly a chap by the name of Tony Brown has been enough of a success at operating at Newcastle's one man "fun police" that in coming up with a name for the Brown Ale they've brewed with Beechworth's Bridge Road, the team at the Grain Store could think of nothing more suitable. As they told us: "This beer is quite the opposite ··· Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
60ish IBU
Stockists

Grain Store

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

[New Sydney Hotel](/beer/bar/new-sy

More stockists...

Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 3.0

Tapped Fri Jul 19 2013
It used to be the case that Bridge Road's Ben Kraus would conjure up a new beer for his brewery's birthday every year. But, given how much everyone loved his B2 Bomber when it first appeared as a kind of Black Belgian IPA, it seems that it's now become the beer to mark each anniversary, albeit with a tweak year on year. And why not? It's the highest rated Australian beer on Untappd, after all, and is a beer with character that develops interest over time. That said, you may want to crack the Mach ··· Read more
Style
Black Belgian IPA
Strength
8.2%
Stockists

Bridge Road

Berry Bottleshop

The Park Hotel

The Wheaty

Banks Fine Wine

Belgian Beer Cafe, Eureka

Grape and Grain

Olinda Cellars

More stockists...

Bridge Road Bar Series: New Sydney Best Little Elixir In Town

Tapped Wed Jun 12 2013
The Bridge Road Bar Series rolls on and keeps on taking stylistic lurches all over the place. It's a reminder of just how much variety there is in the beer world these days and how different folks have vastly different passions. Stepping up to the oche this time is the crew from Hobart's awesome New Sydney Hotel and, continuing the unnecessary darts metaphor, they've chosen a style that would have been to the liking of The Crafty Pint's rotund, booze-lovin' childhood hero Jocky Wilson: an imperial ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
Strength
7.7%
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

More stockists...

Bridge Road Bar Series: The Wheaty Weisse Ohne Schuss

Tapped Fri Apr 12 2013
"At The Wheaty we love Hops. So we decided to brew a Sour." An early entry for the best raison d'etre for a beer in 2013. But would you expect anything less from the ladies at Adelaide's premiere beer, whisky and good times joint? This is the latest release in the Bridge Road Bar Series, for which the Beechworth brewery brings bar staff from the nation's leading beer venues to their home to create a beer. According to the Wheaty team, this is a beer, "to all intents and purposes, that's ··· Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
3.0%
Bitterness
Less than 5 IBU
Stockists

April 12 at

The Wheaty

Others to follow, which are likely to include:

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

[The Scratch](/beer/bar/the-scratch-b

More stockists...

Bridge Road Harvest / Dark Harvest 2013

Tapped Mon Apr 8 2013
The Bridge Road Harvest Ale is developing quite a tradition. Now in its fourth year, it sees the brewery's founder head to his local hop farm in the VIctorian High Country (at Rostrevor) and pluck an as-yet-unreleased experimental hop variety to be used in extravagant amounts in a one-off seasonal release. This year, however, there's been a slight change as there weren't enough hops of one variety to produce a beer to similar specs as before so two were used, two separate beers were brewed, then ··· Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Ales
Strength
Various
Stockists

Bridge Road

Cookie

Others TBC

More stockists...

Bridge Road Bling Bling Imperial IPA

Tapped Thu Mar 21 2013
He doesn't tend to do things by half, Ben Kraus. Not only does he like to brew collaborative beers with international stars, when he does it he does things like brewing wet hop beers in the dead of night or sending beers in wine and whisky barrels by sea across the planet. And now, in launching his latest limited release ' the Bling Bling Imperial IPA ' a bigger brother to his long-standing Bling IPA, he headed to the 55th floor of Melbourne's Rialto Tower to the Lui Bar of the three chefs hats Vue ··· Read more
Style
Imperial IPA
Strength
8.5%

Bridge Road / EDGE Waldo

Tapped Tue Mar 12 2013
You may recall a story fairly recently about a new collaborative brewing effort that crosses hemispheres. It told the tale of how Australian importer and brewer Adam Betts, from Northdown Beer, had hooked up with Christian Skovdal Andersen of Beer Here to create a series of brews. You may even have tasted the beers they put out under the joint Northdown/Bere Here banner, such as the Cool Hops lager and Victoria's Secret wheat beer. Now the pair have launched EDGE Brewing Project, a new brewing company ··· Read more
Style
Berry Saison
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Kegs

Bridge Road

The Wheaty

Fox Hotel

The Alehouse Project

Junction Beer Hall

Belgian Beer Eureka

Bottles

More stockists...

Bridge Road / Nogne O Aurora Borealis

Tapped Fri Jan 25 2013
We promised we were going to sample this beer on the eve of its launch so we could pop a listing up before it is poured at Slowbeer. But then we thought: "This is the kind of beer that needs to be enjoyed in the right place at the right time and not necessarily on a Thursday evening watching the tennis." Why? Well, how many beers do you know with the sort of genesis enjoyed by the Aurora Borealis? Along with its sibling, the Aurora Australis, it has been months in the making, months that ··· Read more
Style
Barrel and Ocean-Aged Quadrupel
Strength
14.9%
Stockists

Bridge Road

Slowbeer

Others TBC

More stockists...

Bridge Road / Local Taphouse 13 Hours On A Bus

Tapped Fri Dec 21 2012
It worked for the Yeastie Boys with their awesome Gunnamatta IPA, so why not invoke the spirit of Paul Kelly for another beer. With the sixth beer in the Bridge Road Bar Series featuring staff from the Local Taphouse venues in St Kilda and Darlinghurst, they decided to borrow a line from the singer's classic From St Kilda to Kings Cross for their Black India Saison that uses 13 ingredients, including spices in the form of juniper, nutmeg and cloves plus hops in the shape of Nelson Sauvin, Falconers ··· Read more
Style
Black India Saison
Strength
7.2%
Bitterness
30ish IBU
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

More stockists...

Bridge Road / Archive Tennessee Stud

Tapped Mon Dec 3 2012
We're a little late posting this one as it slipped out of Beechworth unnoticed at Crafty Towers, so we can't be sure what's left where. But for the sake of completeness, here's the fifth in the fast-moving Bar Series, this time featuring the input of the crew at Brisbane's Archive. They tell us: "We wanted to create something that reflects our varied backgrounds, collective love of our industry and that of delicious beer. Malty and hoppy, bold but beguiling, flavoursome but still sessionable, ··· Read more
Style
Oaked Brown Ale
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
40ish IBUs
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

More stockists...

Bridge Road / The Scratch Scrotch

Tapped Mon Nov 5 2012
It's easy to see how the name for this beer was conceived. It's a Scotch Ale from a bar called The Scratch. That said, knowing the guys that run the Brisbane bar, it wouldn't surprise us if they actually decided they wanted a beer that sounded like crotch and worked from there... Either way, the fourth release in the Bridge Road bar series, following beers produced with Josie Bones, Beer DeLuxe and The Norfolk Hotel, is a strong Scotch Ale that's spent time soaking up the characteristics of American ··· Read more
Style
Whisky Aged Scotch Ale
Strength
6.9%
Bitterness
20ish IBU
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

More stockists...

Bridge Road Bar Series: The Norfolk Cecil

Tapped Wed Oct 24 2012
The third beer released as part of the Bridge Road Bar Series, where the Beechworth brewers invite members of staff from top beer bars across Australia to come up with a beer and brew it with them. The Cecil is the work of the team at Freo's Norfolk Hotel and was designed as a Red Brewed with a combination of Cluster, Sauvin, Zythos and Falconers Flight hops, the outcome wasn't quite as red as intended - "a lesson to be learnt for us here at BRB," says head brewer Ben Kraus, but makes up ··· Read more
Style
Red(ish) IPA
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

More stockists...

Bridge Road Bar Series 1: Josie Bones Revolution

Tapped Wed Sep 12 2012
A few weeks back, Bridge Road kicked off its Bar Series, a project that will see it invite staff from some of the country's top beer bars to come up with their idea for a beer then travel to Beechworth to brew it. Each beer is then sold at the brewery and all of the participating bars. You can read more on it here or save your time for drinking instead and head to the venues that will be tapping beer number one. It was dreamt up by the team at Josie Bones and is an Australian Pilsner. The theory ··· Read more
Style
Australian Pilsner
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
40
Stockists

Josie Bones

Beer DeLuxe

Norfolk Hotel ( Fremantle)

The Scratch

Archive (Brisbane)

New Sydney Hotel

[The Wheaty](/beer/ba

More stockists...

Bridge Road B2 Mach II

Tapped Fri Jul 13 2012
Bridge Road has concocted some fantastic beers for its birthday releases: a barrel-aged Imperial Porter, a black saison and the B2 Bomber among them. The last of these is probably the one that caused the most excitement among the craft beer cognoscenti, a melding of a Belgian yeast with lots of hops and dark, roasty malts. For the brewery's seventh birthday, it's been brought out of retirement and given a boost in the form of more hops. The result is the same utterly idiosyncratic nose that bamboozled ··· Read more
Style
Black Belgian IPA
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Bridge Road

Others tbc

Bottles can be ordered from info@bridgeroadbrewers.com.au

More stockists...

Bridge Road / Mikkeller Dark Harvest

Tapped Wed Apr 18 2012
When we cracked our sample of Dark Harvest, the reaction was instant. "Chocolate orange!" we cried. Then we thought that might be a stupid thing to think. But we told Ben at Bridge Road anyway, opening ourselves up to the risk of being unmasked as utter charlatans. Thankfully word came back that "the hops were a research variety that showed huge orange and mandarin characters in the paddock. Good that you got some choc orange, that was the plan." Phew! Dodged that bullet. So, ··· Read more
Style
Hoppy Dark Harvest Ale
Stockists

Bridge Road

Josie Bones

and other venues TBC

More stockists...

Bridge Road Pride of Ringwood IPA

Tapped Fri Feb 10 2012
It either says we've got a long way to go to develop our nasal skills or that even the much-maligned Pride of Ringwood hop can get fruity when given the chance to shine. The traditional Aussie hop used for bitterness in many mainstream beers - and more craft ones than you might imagine - is viewed by some in the local beer world as the equivalent of a Dutch oven - and not the thick-walled one used for cooking. Yet it's been undergoing something of a revival, with Temple using it and (almost) nothing ··· Read more

Bridge Road Summer IPA

Tapped Mon Jan 23 2012
The Bridge Road crew are getting together a nice line in single Aussie hop IPAs, with the Summer following the hugely popular Galaxy and relative newcomer Stella off the rank - and with the unlikely Pride of Ringwood IPA to follow. Summer is a hop variety formerly known as Summer Saaz and has been developed by Hop Products Australia. Those who've ploughed into the Galaxy and Stella IPAs will find this one much more subtle; don't expect to be blown away by pungent aromas, instead it's a gentler, floral ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
5.0%

Bridge Road / Ní¸gne í? India Saison (Oz)

Tapped Thu Oct 20 2011
The first version of the Bridge Road / Ní¸gne í? collaboration to hit the shelves Down Under is the one brewed by Ben Kraus on his return from Norway, using the same recipe as that concocted with Kjetil Jikiun earlier in the year. The story is that the pair of saison lovers decided to make one with a bunch of Aussie hops that weren't available in Europe at the time of the brew. Hop Products Australia sent Stella and Galaxy varieties over and both were used to create a highly hopped, high alcohol ··· Read more
Style
Highly hopped saison
Strength
7.5%
Stockists

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

The Dispensary Enoteca

McCoppins

[Local Bottle Store & Provisions](/beer/bottleshop/the-local-bottle-store-provi

More stockists...

Bridge Road Single Hop IPAs (bottled)

Tapped Fri Sep 9 2011
A handful of bars around Australia have offered their punter the chance to educate themselves hoppily courtesy of Bridge Road's single hop IPAs and now you can do it from the comfort of your favourite armchair / hammock / ditch. We doubt you need telling about Galaxy, the big cheese of Hop Products Australia's development program in recent years that's doing its thing in beers across Oz, while Stella is described as its stepsister - a cross between an Aussie and European variety. The former is all ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Bridge Road

Slowbeer

Purvis Beer

Purvis Beer Richmond

[Local Bottle Store & Provisions](/beer/bottleshop/the-loc

More stockists...

Bridge Road Stella IPA

Tapped Thu Aug 4 2011
The odd keg (and one cask) of this beer have been floating around for the past week or so, but we thought we'd fire it up on Crafty on International IPA Day, on which it is being featured at a number of venues. The beer takes the concept of Bridge Road's Galaxy IPA, which has been brewed fairly regularly over the past 18 months, but uses a new hop variety developed in Tassie. From start to finish, nothing but Stella is used, allowing the beer to be a showcase for a hop described by Hop Products Australia ··· Read more
Style
IPA

Bridge Road Saison Noir

Tapped Sat Jul 23 2011
Bridge Road founder Ben Kraus is making a nice habit of pulling something special out of the bag to mark his brewery's anniversaries. And with this - a beer which suggests that while the first half of 2011 belonged to black IPAs the second will belong to black saisons, what with Doctor's Orders Synapse having appeared already - that tradition continues. You can plot the evolution that's led Ben here, from the spectacular Oak-Aged Imperial Porter of the fourth anniversary through last year's mightily ··· Read more
Style
Black Saison
Strength
6.5%

Bridge Road Dog's Breakfast (Brew 500)

Tapped Tue May 17 2011
A beer that could have been called the kitchen sink, this is Bridge Road's 500th brew - a milestone marked with a beer created in tribute to one of the brewers' favourite parts of the day: breakfast. Although black pudding, bacon and eggs were rejected as ingredients, little else was. In went fruit toast, muesli, coffee beans, loose tea, maple syrup, honey. And the result? Less crazy than one might imagine. A deep, dark brown beer, the smoked malts added to create a hint of bacon aroma are there ··· Read more
Style
Dark lager
Stockists

Josie Bones

Cookie

Biero

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Beer DeLuxe

[The Local Taphouse Darlo](/beer/bar/the

More stockists...

Bridge Road's The Harvest (2011)

Tapped Sat Apr 16 2011
When a brewer makes it clear he's adding a truckload of wet hops to his hop harvest beer - and not allowing anything but wet hops anywhere near the brew - you've got to assume he's aiming for a beer that encapsulates as best as possible the experience of grabbing a handful of hop cones straight from the vine. And from the moment you pop Bridge Road's third annual Harvest into a glass, that's what you get. Just like drinking a fresh Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is like sticking your face into a bag ··· Read more
Style
Hop Harvest Ale
Strength
4.6%

Bridge Road Chevalier Dunkelweizen

Tapped Fri Feb 11 2011
With so much attention lavished on the other two members of the Chevalier range - the Saison and Biere de Garde - the Dunkel's been shunned a little: it's like the Beechworth Cinderella that's picked on and kept out of sight by her ugly sisters (although we're not suggesting there's anything ugly about either of those beers - quite the opposite). But just as Cinderella had her little glass slipper, so the Dunkelweizen has a little trick up its sleeve, in the form of a brand new recipe from brewer ··· Read more
Style
Dunkelweizen
Strength
5.2%

Bridge Road Saison de Printemps

Tapped Tue Dec 21 2010
For their second variation on the Saison theme, the Bridge Road brew team has added elderflower and blueberries to their highly rated beer to create a one-off "Spring Saison", having twice experimented with quince. Once again, both additional ingredients are sourced locally - the elderflower at the brewery itself - and once again it's a markedly different beer to its parent. It's cloudier in appearance and has something of a blood orange tinge compared to the original's light straw colour, ··· Read more
Style
Fruit-infused Saison
Strength
6.0%

Bridge Road Summer Ale

Tapped Fri Nov 19 2010
An exclusive release for members of Bridge Road's Posse, this is a pale Belgian ale developed as an easy drinking summer beer with a difference. It uses a basic malt recipe of Australian pale malts and two different Belgian yeast strains. According to Ben Kraus, the result is "a mild beer with minimal bitterness and a fruity finish from the yeast strains. The plan was to assess the beer after primary ferment and then decide on a hop regime for dry hopping. We have so far added Centennial and ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Posse members only

Bridge Road Galaxy IPA

Tapped Sat Nov 20 2010
NOW RELEASED IN BOTTLES! Named after the Australian hop variety that has done much to influence beer styles in Australia in recent years, the Galaxy IPA was first brewed by this Beechworth brewer last year. Using nothing but the Galaxy hop both for bittering and aromatics / flavour, the 2010 variant was unveiled for the first time on the first day of October's Microbreweries Showcase. This year there's a higher amount of dry hopping - 12kg in 800l - resulting in a lighter, less bitter beer that's ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Ale

Bridge Road B2 Bomber

Tapped Fri Aug 27 2010
The Bridge Road crew like to make a statement with their anniversary beers and the 2010 special is no exception. A true melding of styles, the B2 Bomber is a Black Belgian IPA, bringing together darker, roasted malt varieties, a swagful of hops and a Belgian yeast variety in a quite intriguing mix. The combination of aromas when the dark-as-night beer first poured from the black-labeled champagne bottle like a huge, foam-headed espresso had Crafty confused: "A bag of rubber bands?" Further ··· Read more
Style
Black Belgian IPA
Strength
8.5%
Stockists

Bridge Road Brewery

Slowbeer (growlers and bottles)

Royston

Beer DeLuxe

[Local Taphouse St Kilda](/beer/bar/local-taphouse-st-kil

More stockists...

Bridge Road Megachile Pluto Braggot

Tapped Wed Jul 28 2010
The first brew devised by one of Ben's fellow brewers, Nardia McGrath, this is a recreation of an incredibly rare beer style dating from Medieval times. A full-bodied, red-blooded honey and ale combo, it mixes a fruity Belgian yeast with UK and European malts, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and a serious whack of Red Stringybark honey from Beechworth in a 10% beast of a drink that's part sweet liqueur, part ale as hinted at by the hop bitterness that picks up when the spicy honey flavour tails off. ··· Read more
Style
Braggot
Strength
10%

INDUSTRY JOBS

4 Pines Sales Rep Needed For South Australia

One of Australia's best known craft beer brands continues its merry rise, with 4 Pines looking to add ···

Wayward Needs A Craft Beer Evangelist

Wayward Brewing Co plans to spread its wings from its Sydney home, and is looking for a craft beer lover ···

Could you be La Sirene's NSW Craft Beer Maven?

Melbourne's La Sirene is one of Australia's most innovative breweries. It specialises in French and Belgian ···