Sample the flavours from Tumut’s new craft brewery


Brewers Tim Martin, left, and Simon Rossato, at Tumut River Brewing Co.

Craft beer connoisseurs will have the opportunity to sample the new range from the award winning Tumut River Brewing Co at Henty.

The brewery was the brainchild of brewers Tim Martin and Simon Rossato, and opened next door to the Tumut Broom Factory in April.

“We will showcase our packaged beers – about 15 different varieties – to visitors at Henty’s Farm Gate this year,’’ Tim said.

Simon will be a guest presenter on beer appreciation in the Farm Gate demo kitchen on Tuesday, September 18, outlining how to match beer styles with food.

The brewery originally started over a couple of beers in the back shed and Tim deciding Tumut needed a micro-brewery as a tourist attraction.

“We never stopped brewing – our equipment grew, our knowledge blossomed, books were read, courses attended and through the toughest times in our lives brewing was a constant,’’ he said.

“We created new beers, flavours and made beers that will never be repeated and some that never should have existed in the first place.

“I ended up with about 1000 litres of beer in my shed because I was brewing more beer than we could possibly drink.’’

While out camping, the two mates agreed to build a brewery in Simon’s mother’s shed.

“It took us a year to build the first brewery and all the permits obtained – we managed to get the doors open, money didn’t fall from the heavens and we didn’t get our dream,’’ Tim said.

“We just had to keep working and it became a part-time job for us for the next three to four years.

“In April, we opened the venue in the way we had originally envisaged five years ago.

“We have a full restaurant and bar with 24 products on tap, including four ciders and 20 beers, and coffee roasted in-house.

“The old brewery is on display so visitors can see where we came from.’’

The range of pale and Scottish ales, stout, pilsner, smoked beer and ginger beers have been labelled with exotic names such as Ginja Ninja, Squealing Pig, Blowering Blonde, Big Yin, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Bad Mo Fo and Hopped as Bru.

The brewery also supports other regional craft brewers and cider producers.

Tumut River Brewing Co recently won bronze in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category of the 2018 Riverina Murray Region Tourism Awards.

It provides a mobile service for functions with eight craft beers on tap.

The brewery hosted a local singing competition, Tumut Takes 2, pairing local people with seasoned entertainers raising over $3000 for charity.

“Showcasing the local area is still central to our plan and we use free range pork from Wagga, the salami and pepperoni are from a small Wodonga producer, fish from the local trout farm and cakes are sourced locally,’’ Tim said.

“A lot of cross promotion goes on between the Tumut Broom Factory and the brewery to attract tourists to the town.

“We just want to keep doing as much as we can and be active in the area.’’