Bridge Road Brewers

In the centre of Beechworth sits the impressive old Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel. The brick building was built in the heady days of Victoria’s gold rush to replace the earlier wooden building. A brick coach house and stable built in 1859 to service the original building still stands at the rear.

The Ford Street Entrance at Bridge Road Brewers

The Ford Street Entrance at Bridge Road Brewers

The Ford Street Entrance at Bridge Road Brewers

Walking down a covered laneway to the old coach house, the glorious smell of fresh wort fills the air and makes us appreciate that the building is now serving a purpose much grander than was conceived by its original builders. The smell comes from Bridge Road Brewers’ new beer boiling away in the brew kettle of the historic building.

Bridge Road Brewers is the creation of Ben Kraus, a young man in his early 30s. Ben seems to have an excess of energy that comes from his passion for brewing and a need to have things done properly. These attributes have helped Ben to build a reputation for making outstanding beers.

Ben initially studied winemaking. However, he turned his hand to brewing, and was able to get some hands on experience at a small brewery in Austria. Moving back to Beechworth, he bought some second hand brewing equipment and established the Bridge Road Brewery in his Father’s shed. It wasn’t long before he moved into the present Ford Street address.

The Mash Tun and Kettle

As you come through the beer garden and enter the brewery you will see the mash tun, brew kettle, and a couple of fermenters are on a raised level in the far right corner. The bar, kitchen, and office are on the other side of the central seating area. The rest of the fermenters and brewery equipment are in what must have been the old coach house part of the building.

Bridge Road Brewers also have a reputation for the food that they have on offer.

Mmmmmm Pretzels

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