Your Tour - Your WayExplore the Craft Beer Scene on our Hunter Valley Brewery Tours
Are you a beer lover looking for your next adventure? Look no further than the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia. The region is known for its picturesque vineyards, but it’s also home to a growing craft beer scene that’s not to be missed. Hop on a brewery tour and explore the best local craft breweries, taste unique and flavorful brews, and learn about the brewing process from the experts. From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, there’s a beer for every palate. Not only will you get to indulge in delicious beer, but you’ll also get to take in the beautiful scenery of the Hunter Valley. So grab your friends and get ready to experience the ultimate beer lover’s getaway with one of our Hunter Valley brewery tours. Let’s raise a glass to good times and great beer!
Choose from our ready-to-go tours, customise or build your own. Speak with our expert tour planner today about making your day one to remember.
Mad Dog Froth & Foam
The Spartan option for all you beer warriors.
- Tastings at 4 beer venues
- Lunch + drink
- Option to visit a distillery
- Plus many more customisable options!
2 Breweries + 2 Wineries
Start with wine, finish with beer and have lunch in between.
- Tastings at 2 wineries
- Tasting at 2 breweries
- Stop at the cheese &/or chocolate shop
- Plus many more customisable options!
Van & Driver Hire
Hire a van and one of our fantastic drivers for the day.
- Plan your own tour
- You choose the venues
- 7hrs hire
- Perfect for groups of 2-12 people
- Standard & Luxury available
The Rise of Craft Beer
Craft beer has been on the rise in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. With a focus on quality ingredients, unique flavors, and small-batch brewing, craft beer has captured the attention of beer lovers around the world. The trend has taken hold in the Hunter Valley, where a number of small breweries have popped up in recent years.
Craft beer is all about experimentation, and as a result, there’s a lot of room for creativity when it comes to flavors and styles. From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, there’s a craft beer for every palate. With so many options to choose from, it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning to craft beer as their drink of choice.
History of Brewing in The Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley has a long history of brewing, dating back to the early 19th century. The region’s fertile soil and ideal climate made it the perfect location for growing hops and barley, and many early settlers began brewing their own beer.
Over the years, the brewing industry in Hunter Valley has gone through many changes. Large commercial breweries dominated the market for many years, but in recent times, the focus has shifted to smaller, craft breweries. These local breweries use locally sourced ingredients and traditional brewing methods to create unique and flavorful beers that are truly one-of-a-kind.
What to Expect on Hunter Valley Brewery Tours
A brewery tour is a great way to get an inside look at the brewing process and learn about the history of beer. Typically, the tour will take you through the brewery, starting with the ingredients and ending with the finished product.
You’ll get to see how the beer is brewed, learn about the different equipment used in the process, and even have the chance to sample some of the brews. Along the way, you’ll be guided by experts who can answer any questions you may have about the brewing process.
The Best Breweries to Visit in the Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley is home to a number of excellent craft breweries, each with its own unique style and flavor. Here are just a few of the best breweries to visit on your Hunter Valley brewery tour:
1. Hope Estate Brewery
Hope Estate Brewery is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley and is known for its award-winning beers. Their signature brew is the Pale Ale, which is made using locally sourced hops and barley. The brewery also offers a range of seasonal beers, including a Christmas Ale and a Winter Warmer.
2. Pokolbin Cider House
Not all craft breweries specialize in beer. The Pokolbin Cider House is a great example of a brewery that focuses on cider. Located in the heart of the Hunter Valley, the Cider House offers a range of delicious ciders, including a traditional apple cider, a pear cider, and a berry cider.
3. IronBark Hill Brewhouse
IronBark Hill Brewhouse is a family-owned brewery that focuses on creating unique and flavorful beers. Their signature beer is the IronBark Amber Ale, which is a rich and malty beer with a hint of caramel. They also offer a range of other beers, including a Pale Ale, a Blonde Ale, and a Porter.
Tasting Notes & Beer Styles to Look Out For
When it comes to craft beer, there’s no shortage of unique and flavorful options to choose from. Here are a few beer styles to look out for on your Hunter Valley brewery tour:
The India Pale Ale, or IPA, is a hoppy beer with a bitter taste. It’s a popular style among craft beer enthusiasts and is known for its strong flavor and aroma. Look out for IPAs that use locally sourced hops for a truly unique experience.
Stouts are dark beers that are known for their rich, roasted flavor. They often have a creamy texture and can be quite filling. Look out for stouts that are made using locally roasted coffee or chocolate for an extra burst of flavor.
3. Pale Ale
Pale Ales are a popular style of craft beer that are known for their hoppy flavor and light, refreshing taste. Look out for Pale Ales that use locally sourced hops and barley for a truly unique taste experience.
Food & Beer Pairing Recommendations
When it comes to craft beer, there’s no shortage of delicious food pairings to choose from. Here are a few recommendations for food and beer pairings to try on your Hunter Valley brewery tour:
1. IPA and Spicy Foods
IPAs are known for their bitter taste, which makes them a great pairing for spicy foods. The bitterness of the beer helps to balance out the heat of the food, creating a delicious flavor combination.
2. Stout and Chocolate Desserts
Stouts have a rich, roasted flavor that pairs well with chocolate desserts. Look out for stouts that use locally roasted coffee or chocolate for an extra burst of flavor.
3. Pale Ale and Seafood
Pale Ales have a light, refreshing taste that pairs well with seafood dishes. Look out for Pale Ales that use locally sourced hops and barley for a truly unique taste experience.
Tips for a Successful Brewery Tour Experience
If you’re planning on going on a Hunter Valley brewery tour, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
1. Wear comfortable shoes
Brewery tours typically involve a bit of walking, even if most of it is to the bar and to the toilet…LOL… so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes.
2. Plan ahead
Make sure to book your brewery tour in advance to ensure that you get a spot. Our tours are in high demand.
3. Don’t drink and drive
If you plan on drinking during the brewery tour, make sure to arrange for a designated driver or book a tour that includes transportation. All of our tours include vehicle and driver.
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