Australia > Hunter Valley, NSW
highlandlad (52) Blue Mountains, Australia | July 20, 2005| Updated March 21, 2006
46 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
This brewpub just north of Cessnock is, to steal a slogan from WA’s Bootleg Brewery, an oasis of beer in a desert of wine. At time of writing, they were brewing four beers: lager, kolsch, bock and ginger beer. All were available on tap in July 2005. The kolsch (apparently one of only two brewed in Oz) was available to take away in bottles and the lager was also take-away but only in $20 magnums. Unfortunately, the draught beers were all served at macro lager temperature. The pub itself was nothing flash and the bar staff knew little about the beer. However, Josh, the assistant brewer, knew his stuff and was happy to chat. Accommodation is available. Update 22/3/06: they’ve started doing samplers here, which is good to see. About $10 for midi-size samples of five beers the day we visited. Fair value and quick rates.
Schlenkerla (396) , Austria | February 15, 2015
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
We stayed in the hotel and visited the brewery and restaurant on 15.2.2015. It is located in the Hunter Valley where you can find a lot of wineries. Originally we came for the wine but as we found this brewery of course we had to stay here. We tasted the Kölsch, the Pale Ale, the Ginger and the Bock. Beers were all quite good, not very innovative but still quite good and clean with a good aftertaste. The service was quite strange and unfriendly, did not offer any tasters when we asked them about the beers. They did not have any pint glasses left, they explained us that they are purchasing a box of glasses every week and all glasses are stolen until the end of the week, always.... It seems nice people are visiting this brewpub :-). Food was excellent, we had the house steak, such a good meat we have not had for a long time. Overall I recommend to come here as the beer quality is quite good.
Muggus69 (5) Yarram, Vic, Australia | March 14, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
A regular haunt back when working in the vineyards.
The place has gone from strength to strength since opening up the Brewery bar. The food and crowded pub fair of the main bar, very typical of the area, may as well be worlds away from the Brewery Bar. A beautiful giant piece of oiled Eucalyptus wood forms a centrepiece, and table. The bar boasts 8 taps, and hand pull. Whilst the regular range of Hunter brewing beers are on offer here, its the seasonals and guest taps, usually from local breweries, are what its all about. Staff are fantastic...shame to see Jess leave! But if youre lucky enough to have head brewer Keith serve you, he is a tome of knowledge and a true gentlemen.
jdpeebs (18) Sydney, Australia | August 11, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
I have been their twice.The first time it just opened that week, so still working out the kinks.Had an RSL feel about it. The second the same sort of ambiance. Beers are good, but not great.
Sevenlee (72) Central Coast, NSW, Australia | February 7, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Decent place just outside of Cessnock in the Hunter Valley. It was pretty quite when I was there but there were a few beer aficionados tasting some of their beers. I spoke to the brewer and he poured me a few while explaining about the beers. I also tried the Ice Bock which he told me was made when they accidently froze the regular bock. Accident or not, it was pretty impressive. Not worth going all the way there soley for the visit but if you’re passing through, definitely check it out.
mullet (224) Melbourne, Australia | August 29, 2011
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Dunno about this place. Country pub atmosphere, not really in a good way. Beers are technically correct but terminally boring. Like they’ve got 70% of the flavour they should have. Maybe I just got them on a bad day, because they’ve got a good reputation. Far more interest to be had on the winery side based on my visit.
TimE (272) Tokyo, Japan | December 23, 2007
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
A brewpub with very average beer and poker machines. The sampler is nice as is the outdoor seating, but the place is pretty basic. Worth stopping over for a few ticks and pulling out a winery map to determine the next step. Friendly staff. Didn’t take tour unfortunately. Good pricing for $1.50 for a decent sampler pour.
SledgeJr (106) Omaha, Nebraska | December 3, 2006
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
One of the highlights of my trip to Australia was the visit to this brewpub. The Head Brewer, Luke Scott, was incredibly nice to me and the wife. We spent a couple of hours here sampling beers and talking beer with Luke. I’d like to think that Luke appreciated our beer knowledge and enthusiam, but I suspect that they treat everyone this great. He even pulled out some "special" experimental beers for us to try, as well as letting us sample things that had not gone on line as of our visit. Incredible place with incredible people. You must not miss The Hunter Beer Company when you are in the country.
Nicko (3) Ashfield, Australia | October 29, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
Visited on the way home from Jazz in the Vines; already had a few drinks that day so hopefully judgement on beers and location aren’t blurred. Standard sort of country pub setup, bench tables inside and out, multiple TV screens and a stage. Bar staff very friendly but uniformed about the beers. I would have to say the food is a bit of a let down, over priced and not of the best quality. I was able to sample 4/5 beers on tap, the lager, kolsch, ginger beer, and a wheat beer. All out of the bock which was a bit of a disappointment. Thanks to Glenn the designated driver!
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