Tumut River Brewing Co

Located on the banks of the Tumut River, with picturesque views over clear waterways, mountains and bushland, there are plenty of reasons why the town of Tumut could easily be a prime spot for anyone keen on a getaway in the Snowy Mountains region.

Yet, due to its long history as a timber mill town, Tumut never quite enjoyed the tag of tourist destination, despite its abundance of natural beauty just a couple of hours from Canberra.

It was a desire to showcase the town that in part led Tim Martin and Simon Rossato to launch Tumut River Brewing Co in 2013 following an inspirational trip to visit the Dalgety Brewing Co. The former quit his job at the local paper as the pair set about clearing the regulatory hurdles, getting their hands on a wholesale licence a little over 12 months later and launching their first beers at the Royal Hotel in July 2014.

On the outskirts of town, they converted an old tyre shed into a brewery, driven by the idea that good beer, good food and a good place to enjoy both would soon enough start bringing people to town. While it wouldn't open to the public until that summer, they began offering growler fills and got their locals on board from the off, inviting them to help christen the beers that would take names such as Blowering Blonde, Redneck Ale and Ginja Ninja.

Soon enough, it was an idea that proved worthwhile. Sure, locals took to the notion of being able to enjoy their fresh beer at their own brewery but many from further afield began stopping in too. Whether it was those who wanted to escape Canberra for a day, or people keen to spend the weekend exploring the Snowy Mountains, Tumut River Brewing Co soon became the sort of spot you would schedule into your trip.

Tim and Simon didn't just wait for the people to come to them, either. They hit the road with a mobile bar, becoming regulars at the region's festivals. Wasting little time, within a year of releasing their first beer, they'd embarked upon a crowdfunding campaign that enabled them to buy Cavalier's bottling line, invited their fans to help with the design of six-pack holders and were soon brewing and packaging nine beers.

It's a story that's continued on an upward curve since. In late 2016, they added an eight-tap caravan to their on-road fleet and upped their commitment to festivals and events and, while plans to move to a larger site fell through, they were instead able to expand operations on their existing site. The Tumut River team took delivery of a new brewery in March 2017, one that not only allowed them to increase production but also help other small, independent operations get beer to market, including Barellan Beer and Borambola Wines' Tuckerbox Lager.

Arguably the biggest step since launching, however, came in October of that year when their licence was upgraded. It allowed them to install a 24-tap system and build a kitchen, meaning that any time you call in (and they're open seven days a week) you'll be able to choose from a mix of TRBC beers – brewed with locally grown and kilned Voyager malt – plus beers and ciders from other producers in the region. Not that it's slowed their commitment to hitting the road: on the day the expanded brewery and taphouse was opened in May 2018, Tim was pouring beers from the caravan at Batlow Ciderfest...

Add in pizzas made with local ingredients, house-roasted coffee and regular live music that can flit from jazz to punk and it makes the brewery the kind of local operation that helps showcase the region while offering newcomers an extra reason to visit in the first place.

Sure, natural beauty is one thing, but enjoying a fresh pale off tap or taking home a six-pack of recently bottled beer has a beauty all of its own.

Name
Tumut River Brewing Co
Address

1-5 Capper Street
Tumut
NSW 2720

Phone
1300 042 337
Open Hours

Sun to Thurs: 10am to 8pm
Fri & Sat: 10am to midnight

Tours

Sat & Sun: 11am (pre-bookings essential)

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Tumut River Brewing Co Regulars

Tumut River Brewing Co Aussie Ale

As the name suggests, Tumut River's Aussie Ale is the one designed as their BBQ beer, their “gateway drug” to craft beer. As with all their brews, it's made with all local Voyager craft malts, which lend the beer its dark copper colour as well as a sweetness reminiscent of English ales. Bitterness is kept low with some fruity esters completing the picture.… Read more
Style
Australian Draught Ale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
26 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Ginja Ninja

The Ginja Ninja is Tumut River's biggest seller: a ginger beer brewed with apple juice. It starts out with the brewers collecting 1,000 litre of fresh juice from a local orchard, before the ginger is added at the brewery. There's heaps of prickly ginger on the nose, plenty of sticky sweetness, some herbal characters and a little back palate heat in there too. For all that – and its 5.3 percent ABV – it could just as easily pass for a soft drink.… Read more
Style
Ginger Beer
ABV
5.3%
Bitterness
4 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Portstar Smoked Porter

Brewer's notes: Like most porters this beer is about the malt. You’ll get strong dark malt flavours including roasty, toasty and even hints of coffee. Unlike most porters you’ll get a smell and taste of smoked cherrywood; smooth and subtle and a thinner, lighter finish making it easy to drink and great around the campfire.… Read more
Style
Smoked Porter
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Squealing Pig APA

While many Aussie brewers have been moving into ever paler territory with their pale ales, the Tumut River offering is more akin to the American pale ales of yore. It's as much a showcase for malts from small NSW producer Voyager as it is the American hops. Thus Squealing Pig sits at the at the darker end of the style spectrum, with toasted malt, dark caramel and even hints of chocolate at play alongside the floral and citrusy hop aromas, underpinned by an earthy bitterness.… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co J W Pilsner

Brewer's notes: Our J.W. Pilsner is a traditional Czech Pilsner that focuses on voyager Pilsner malt and finishes with a nice biscuit note. Using only traditional Saaz hops, this beer is fresh, crisp and clean. … Read more
Style
Low ABV Czech Pilsner
ABV
3.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Hitchhikers Guide To Galaxy

Hitchhikers Guide To Galaxy is designed as a showcase of the most popular of the new wave of Aussie hops, coming with a far lighter malt bill than the Squealing Pig APA as well as a lower alcohol content, putting it into session ale territory. The Galaxy fires off lively limey, citrusy aromas while delivering a touch of resinous character on the palate, but with a bitterness that, particularly compared to the other Tumut River pale, is restrained.… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
42 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Specials

Tumut River Brewing Co Deliverance Red IPA & Coffee Milk Stout

Tapped July 16th, 2019
Tumut River's winter 2019 releases pit sweet malts, dark malts, tropical hops and coffee against one another. In one corner is the Deliverance Red IPA, a name that hopefully isn’t suggesting a boat trip down the Tumut River is akin to taking a canoe down the Cahulawassee (although they do have Squealing Pig in their lineup so make of that what you will...). What is clear, however, is the heady mix of tropical fruit, papaya, melon and mango the beer provides against its sweet malt body. Sitting… Read more
Style
Red IPA & Coffee Milk Stout
ABV
8% & 4.4%
Bitterness
100 IBU & 30 IBU

Tumut River Brewing Co Peaches & Cream

Tapped March 1st, 2019
This seasonal from Tumut River might bear the tag "pale ale" and, indeed, it does present pale and there are some hops in the mix, but in essence the beer side of things (in the traditional sense, at least) is merely there as a launchpad for the stars of the show: peaches and cream (well, lactose). Put the glass to your nose and you'd swear you were about to take a swig of freshly squeezed peach juice, while the lactose adds a little creamy sweetness without taking away from the peaches.… Read more
Style
Peach & Lactose Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%

Tumut River Brewing Co Bounty Hunter

Tapped January 19th, 2019
Maybe it's the association in the name, but if anyone who's eaten a Bounty chocolate bar is able to tuck into Tumut River's chocolate coconut porter and not imagine they're consuming one in liquid form, I doff my cap. Aromas of desiccated coconut are dominant, coming wrapped up in chocolate (and with a cola like layer in the mix too). Once it hits your palate, however, you might be surprised to find it's not as full-bodied or creamy as those aromas would have you expect. Indeed, it's relatively lean… Read more
Style
Chocolate Coconut Porter
ABV
5.1%
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