Bridge Road Brewers produces some damn fine craft beers, and its rustic brewery in Beechworth perfectly complements the beer and brand.
It’s Easter Sunday, and we’ve done our research. Bridge Road Brewery opens at 11am, and pizzas are served from midday. Having seen the crazy busyness at Bright Brewery on Good Friday, we’re there just after 11am, and it’s just as well! Most tables are reserved. We’re lucky to nab a bench table out the back, and watch as people begin to stream in to the bar and outdoor tables.
They’ve got a taster paddle and it’s slightly better value than Bright Brewery: $15 for 10 tastes (you can choose tastes of one, four, six etc… but why not taste as much as possible?).
Like Bright Brewery, we get a tasting booklet – this has a lot of detail explaining exactly what we’re drinking with each one.
To give an idea of the range of beers, there’s a hefeweizen (with ingredients sourced from Germany), the ‘Harvest’ (a beer with lots of hops), Beechworth pale ale (American style), Celtic red ale, Dark Harvest (deep, dark beer), ‘Bling’ IPA (a balanced hop and malt combo), Non e un limone (hops, lemon and tea), Biere de Garde (spicy malt), Aurora Borealis 2 and a strong scrumpy cider. Phew! The standout by far for me is the hefeweizen.
Bridge Road Brewers are also well known for their pizzas – for very, very good reason. Even though every pizza seems to be topped with rocket, the range still has us salivating.
While we wait, we order a pretzel.
The pretzel’s okay, but we’ve made a mistake not getting the bavarian cheese dip with it ($1.50 extra). Next time!
These pizzas are as good as they say. On one we’ve got apple with gorgonzola and the other is sweet potato, rosemary and gorgonzola. The bases are crispy, and while the pizzas aren’t packed to the brim, they’re packed with flavour. Delicious.
It’d be easy to spend all afternoon at Bridge Road. The atmosphere is lively without being deafeningly loud, and the flavours and while grazing through the menu you could work your way through a few pints – and it seems that’s exactly what most around us plan to do!
Date: Sunday, 20 April 2014
Where: Ford Street, Beechworth
Value for money: High (especially the beer paddle)
Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile
Want more? Try their website. Be warned – it’s open for lunch every day 12-3, but only open for dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. I highly recommend you book!