There’s a bit of a rule that if you get a bunch of brewers into a room then it won’t be long before each is drinking a pilsner. So it seems fitting that when Victoria’s High Country brewers - namely King River Brewing, Bridge Road, Bright Brewery, Mitta Mitta Brewing, Billson’s Brewery, Black Dog and Crank Handle - came together to make a beer at King River's home, pilsner might be at the forefront of their minds. The Rule 47 collaboration takes place each year at a different brewery's home and with a different style brewed, with the name an allusion to the Velominati Rules of cycling, with number 47 simply stating, “drink tripels, don’t ride triples.”
Maybe such a rule should be broadened to "drink classic styles", with 2022's Rule 47 being a pilsner that largely follows a traditional bent with one key difference. It would be quite a waste to get the High Country's breweries together without using it as a chance to showcase some of the finest hops in all the land, with Hop Products Australia providing locally-grown Galaxy and Vic Secret. It means that alongside the beer's malt base that brings to mind dry crackers, substantial bitterness and clean and crisp finish, there is a distinct wave of passionfruit and white peach. In other words: it's the kind of pilsner you should expect most Australian craft brewers to be instantly drawn to.