Craft Beer And Mountain Biking – A Great Combination
It’s no secret that craft beer and mountain biking go hand in hand. You only have to look at some of the great brewery locations around Victoria to find they generally also have a MTB trail or two. The list below highlights some we have visited as well as others we plan to visit for people who enjoy craft beer and mountain biking activities.
Tried And Tested
Bridge Road Brewers would have to be our favorite brewery for product variety and quality beer. A good little setup and a beer to suit everyone.
Go to is the Bling Bling or Fat Man Red Suit Big Sack.
The Beechworth MTB park has a good loop of around 10km and it is quite technical which can bite hard if you get it wrong. The areas around Beechworth also have several other trails suitable for MTB.
Bright Brewery has the best location of any that we have visited. It combines all our favourite things, mountain biking, craft beer, live music and water! Located right on the ovens river it makes for a great destination. Great for kids with a massive playground as well as a water park next to the brewery. Go to brews are the MIA IPA and Stubborn Russian.
There is plenty of MTB action in and around Bright with trails along the rivers as well as the Mystic MTB Park.
Forrest Brewery is perfectly positioned between the two main MTB circuits in Forrest. Ride one circuit then stop in for a lunch and brew on your way to the second. One of our favourite places to ride with a diverse range of tracks and awesome scenery. The Otway Odyssey 100km MTB race in February is also the one event that we pencil in every year, such a great challenge to build up for.
How could we not include our very own brewery on the list! Project Brewing Co is just a 5 minute drive to the Lysterfield Mountain Bike Park where there is a wide range of trails for riders of all skill levels. Braden can often be found out there carving out a lap or two. If he spots you out on the trains wearing a Project Brewing MTB jersey you just might score a free beer token too!
Red Hill VIC
Red Hill Brewery is a stones throw from the predominantly down hill oriented MTB tracks. Prepare for plenty of climbing, descending and ocean views.
The Flying Horse Brewery is located in the seaside town of windy Warrnambool. We weren’t sure this should be added as they no longer brew their beer on site. It’s more of a bistro than a brewery and the beer range is pretty basic. The local MTB tracks are at thunder point where you can string together a 5km loop. Quite short admittedly but a tight twisty and technical sandy loam track right on the ocean. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
There are a few good places to track down a craft beer in Warrnambool also. Our favourites are the Olde Maritime Inn and the Hotel Warrnambool.
Mount Beauty VIC
Sweetwater Brewing is/was located in Mt Beauty where you can also find the Big Hill MTB park. A nice little town that we try and tie in with a MTB trip to Beechworth and Bright as they are all within close proximity.
Update 2019 – Unfortunately this brewery is now closed however the MTB trails are still well worth the visit!
Mt Stromlo ACT
The most well considered MTB park I have been to! Awesome trails, a cafe serving food and local craft beers from Bentspoke Brewery plus showers, toilets, massive carpark etc. A must do if you’re in the area. We didn’t have time to get around to all the breweries in the ACT but there are at least half a dozen within close proximity to the MTB park.
A short 20 min drive or a 45 minute ride from Beechworth will see you at some of the best MTB trails to be found in VIC.
Warby Ranges VIC
Black Dog Brewery – Coming Soon
On The To Do List
While not specifically a mountain biking destination, we often stop by Watts River Brewing in Healesville on my way from Melbourne to the Buxton MTB trails. The Buxton trails rate in our top three in Victoria and at the car park there is a great spot by the river to kick back at the end of a ride, wash the dust off in the river and enjoy a craft beer.
Our go to Watts River brew is the Quad and River Session Pale. They always have at least one Brett brew on offer which seems popular.
Ben and Aaron at Watts River Brewing played a large part in our decision to start a brewery after visiting their site as they were building in 2017. Great guys that have been a wealth of knowledge in all things brewery related.
Page in progress Feb 2020
Forrest Otway Odyssey 100km race 2020