11 June 2017
GREAT OCEAN ROAD BREWHOUSE, APOLLO BAYby MATT CHARLESWORTH
It turns out the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse is the place to be in Apollo Bay, especially on the Sunday night of the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Thankfully, we had made a reservation. It was time to let the region appeal to some of my other senses. It was time to taste the Great Ocean Road. A set-menu celebrating local produce and craft beer sounded very promising. Conveniently, our accommodation at the Apollo Bay Eco YHA was only a minutes walk away from the main street. Having the added freedom to enjoy a few beverages with our meal was perfect to experience this “Brewhouse”.
Pool table, long bar, AFL on every big screen and a TAB. On first impression, the Brewhouse seemed to show all the tell tale signs of a classic Aussie Pub. However, we soon stuck our teeth into the differences that puts this place above the rest. A juicy lamb shank accompanied by seasonal root vegetables and mash potato was the first of two courses to be served. One of the polite waitress’ revealed the secret behind the subtle flavours. The meat is braised until tender in the signature Prickly Moses Red Ale. A Local beer that is crafted by Otway Brewing, a Sister company of the Brewhouse. I took my time with each mouthful, savouring the hearty goodness. An already full belly wasn’t going to stand in the way of me and dessert. The second course, a warm brownie infused with the toffee and caramel flavours of the Prickly Moses Stout brew, drowned in melted chocolate. This certainly wasn’t just another pub meal, this here was a foodie’s dream and we were living it.
After cleaning our plates for the second time, we were invited to tour the tasting room and learn a little more about the Great Ocean Road’s passion for beer. Amy, our guide, distinguished between lagers and ales and shed some light on Prickly Moses and its Shipwreck Coast origins. Fresh Otway rainwater is used to brew their entire range of beer and cider. That’s pretty cool if you ask me. We enjoyed a paddle of 5 hand-crafted beers, taste-testing the Summer Ale, Pale Ale, Stout, Spotted Ale and Red Ale brews. Each beer had its own distinct characteristics and held a more refreshing sensation when compared with commercially brewed beer. We selected our favourites and upgraded to pots back at the bar. Feeling nothing short of complete satisfaction, we sat back and listened to live music for the remainder of the night.