Wangaratta is celebrating their favourite craft beers this February with the return of Ales on the Ovens.
Held on February 4 at Apex Park, Ales on the Ovens will showcase some of the best beers and ciders from the King Valley and surrounds.
Crafted in the High Country of Victoria, most of the brewers booked in for the event boast the use of their local Alpine water, offering a fresh, crisp Victorian taste you will struggle to find elsewhere.
Beechworth’s own Bridge Road Brewers have gained some great attention for their range in recent times, and will be available to try at the festival, as well as local faves like King River Brewing and Blizzard Brewing Co.
Also on offer at Ales on the Ovens will be Red Duck Beer, one of Australia’s smallest microbreweries. Brewing from a purpose-built small brewery, the average Red Duck brew length nets just 500 litres of beer – so when we say it’s liquid gold, we mean it in more ways than one!
Another fun addition to the event is Brewer of Duty; a mobile bar built into the back of a 1988 Land Rover Defender 110 Perentie, originally owned by the Australian Defence Force.
It also wouldn’t be an event in the King Valley without showcasing some of their best wines. This region’s climate is very accommodating to Italian grape varieties, well known for their selection of wineries, fondly referred to as “Prosecco Road”. Wine aficionados can relish in tastings from Dal Zotto Wines, Amulet Vineyard and John Gehrig Wines.
If that wasn’t enough to whet your whistle, there will also be gin available from local small batch distillers Hurdle Creek Still, who make their gin using locally sourced barley and other cereals.
To round off an already pretty appealing day, there will be live music, games for kids like apple bobbing and art and craft activities, and local vendors selling plenty of food to make sure you drink responsibly!
Wangaratta is a few hours drive from Melbourne, but with a fun event like this on offer, why wouldn’t you make the trek? Make it a weekend and try some other wineries and breweries around town on your way back to the big smoke!