• EAT // SIP // SAVOUR April 2015

Hunter Beer Co.

POTTERS HOTEL RESORT BREWERY, Wine Country Drive | PH 4991 7922 | www.hunterbeerco.com.au

The Hunter Beer Company at Potters Hotel, Brewery and Resort is one such brewery who have recently celebrated 10 years of brewing in the Hunter. As the Hunter Valley's first microbrewery, the Hunter Beer Company brews a unique range of hand crafted beers onsite at their premises in Nulkaba, with all beers brewed from 100% natural ingredients and no preservatives used. Hops used in the brewing process are sourced from the best hop growing regions around the world and selected true to the style of beers brewed.

For the discerning and even adventurous beer lover, the Hunter Beer Company offers an array of multi-award winning beers - from the bold American style Pale Ale, the dark German styled Bock, the ever popular full strength Lager and the refreshing Kolsch to the pale, light flavoured Belgian Witbier. There is also a deliciously crisp Ginger Beer, low alcohol beers and seasonal beers that vary on a regular basis.

Each December, the brewing team headed by Head Brewer Keith Grice, prepare a unique and special beer just for Christmas. The Christmas Beer which was released on 30 November has been described as ''plum pudding in a bottle - but with alcohol''. This 8% alcohol content beer has been made using ingredients typical of the festive season that includes, but is not limited to, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, raisins, figs, honey and more.

Also in recognition of their 10th year, Keith and his team are celebrating with an amazing brewing program that involves 10 new seasonal beers released over a 10 week period - that's one per week! With the ''mother of all beers'' saved for the final week - a big classic and strong Belgian beer.

Yet to be released is an oak aged barley beer. With an alcohol content of 10% , this beer has rich, fruit, sweet, malt flavours and is described as the beer equivalent of a dessert wine. Another and most unusual beer that is also yet to be released, is the uniquely styled smoked ''saison'' beer with tart, citrus, earthy and bacon like flavours. Saison beers are typically light, refreshing ales originally brewed in farmhouses in the French speaking regions of Belgium for field workers. This is a beer brewed to be served with food.

The increasing popularity of these hand crafted beers brewed by the Hunter Beer Company confirms that people are becoming increasingly educated about beer and the different flavours available to them Visit the Hunter Beer Company's spacious ''beer bar'' and see as well as experience first-hand just how a micro-brewery functions - talk to the brewer and taste the wide range of beers on tap. Open 7 days a week and until late on Fridays.

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