One of the youngest microbreweries in Victoria, Sweetwater also boasts one of the best locations. Having moved from its original home on the site of the Annapurna Winery to its own venue on the main route through the Alps, it is surrounded by mountains, with the tables at the front enjoying views of Mount Bogong, home to some of Australia's largest snowfields.
Opened by Peter Hull in early 2009, Sweetwater's steadily growing beer list features Pale, Golden and Summer Ales, Weissbeer and IPA. All are brewed using fresh water straight off the mountains as it runs into the Kiewa River below. The river takes its name from the indigenous word for "sweetwater", hence the inspiration for the brewery.
Peter and his beers are regulars at High Country festivals, offering skiers, hikers and mountain bikers welcome refreshment after a day on the slopes, while he's been known to drop into the Federation Square Microbrewery Showcases to tempt drinkers up the Alpine Highway. It's a trip worth making, not only to sample the beer and wine produced on site, but because Sweetwater also completes an Alpine quadruple of craft breweries with nearby Bridge Road, Bright and Black Dog.