Tuesday 18th October 2017
The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse has taken out two awards at the Golden Plate regional finals for the Geelong/Otway region, held last night at Little Creatures in Geelong.
Of the fourteen awards presented at last night’s ceremony, the Brewhouse was awarded Best Hotel as well as Best Cellar of Local Wine, Beer and Cider.
Having only opened its doors in March 2015, this is a major achievement for the new business which specialises in craft beer, regional wines and local produce from the Otway and Great Ocean Road regions.
The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse features 16 craft beers on tap in the front bar as well as 15 in the tasting room, known as Tastes of the Region. These taps showcase Prickly Moses handcrafted beer and Forbidden Fruit Cider, produced in Barongarook in the northern foothills of the Otway Ranges. The Brewhouse also stocks over 100 bottled craft beers from around Australia and the globe, both in the front bar as well as the take away bottle shop. A comprehensive beer menu assists patrons to select their beer of choice.
As well as the beer paddles on offer in the tasting room, people can also sample wines from the Great Ocean Road, Otway and Bellarine regions. The wine room has a large selection of regional wines, many of which are also on offer in the Brewhouse front bar. In addition, Tastes of the Region features produce which has been grown or made in the local area, such as cheese, meat, jams and chutneys, honey, coffee, chocolate, and so the list goes on.
Introduced in 2003 the Harwood Andrews Golden Plate Awards recognise and promote excellence in hospitality in regional Victoria covering:
- Ballarat, Daylesford and the Pyrenees
- Geelong, the Bellarine, Surfcoast and The Otways
- Bendigo and Central Victoria
Eateries competing in the Awards are judged by hospitality experts under the leadership of “Industry Legend” Rita Erlich at least twice over several months without notice for up to 40 factors. These include food and drink quality, presentation, choices of local foods, wines beers and ciders, customer service, atmosphere, coffee and value for money.
All regional winners will now represent the Geelong Otway region at the State Awards on Monday 21st November.