Friday 25th November 2016
The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse has taken out a bronze medal at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards in the category of Excellence in Food Tourism at last night’s gala ceremony held at the Palladium at Crown.
Housed in a historic red brick pub built in the late 1800’s, the Brewhouse is situated on the main street of Apollo Bay, a small seaside town 2 hours south-west of Melbourne.
The Brewhouse opened in March 2015, and specialises in craft beer, as well as locally produced food, wine and beer from the Great Ocean Road and Otway regions. The business comprises a front bar and bistro, a tasting room and take away bottle shop, and accommodation on the upper level.
The Excellence in Food Tourism category looks at the food tourism products and experiences offered by a business, their involvement in and contribution to the tourism industry, their business plan and marketing strategy, their involvement in the local community, their efforts in sustainability, and their overall contribution to the tourism appeal of the region.
“The RACV Victorian Tourism Awards involve a rigorous application process, which in our category included a 20-page written application as well as a judge’s site visit”, said Charles Lear, Brewhouse Business Manager. “We were thrilled to receive a bronze medal in recognition of our business and the unique food tourism offering we contribute to the Great Ocean Road region”.
The Great Ocean Road Brewhouse, whilst showcasing local food producers in their tasting room and bistro, has also tapped into the niche market of craft beer, a rapidly growing industry in Australia. The Brewhouse offers 16 local beers and ciders on tap in the front bar and 15 in the tasting room, as well as over 100 bottled craft beers from around Australia and the world. A comprehensive beer menu assists patrons to select their beverage of choice and educates them about the process of making craft beer.
“The Brewhouse and our tasting room, which is known as Tastes of the Region, provide a one-stop-shop for people who are visiting the Great Ocean Road and who want to sample all of the amazing produce our region has to offer”, said Mr. Lear. “People can enjoy paddles of local beer, wine tastings and regional tasting plates, as well as a huge array of local produce that they can purchase to take with them on their journey.”
Other winners in the category of Excellence in Food Tourism include Green Olive at Red Hill (gold medal), Rich Glen Olive Estate (silver medal) and finalists Baringo Food and Wine Co, and Apostle Whey Cheese, who are also located in the Great Ocean Road region and whose wares can be found in the Brewhouse tasting room.