BLACK DOG BREWERY
Conversations including both beer and wine are happening more commonly these days. Perhaps the most ideal location to discover this relationship is here, at Black Dog Brewery. Enjoy a tasting paddle fresh from the tap, or indulge in Taminick Cellars range of wines. A fourth-generation winery and first-generation brewery in one beautiful location.
At the end of a winding dirt road in the Glenrowan Wine region lies a peaceful granite stone cellar. Within the building, Taminick Cellars coexists with Black Dog Brewery, one of Australia’s few breweries located within a winery.
Esca Booth purchased the property in 1904 and hand-built a granite cellar with stone found on the grounds. He then planted a range of grapes and started the long-standing tradition of winemaking in the Booth family.
Now in its fourth generation, James Booth is the current Owner and Brewer of Black Dog Brewery, following on the family tradition. James studied winemaking in Ballarat but soon realised his love for fermentation went beyond wine, which led him into home brewing. After years of practice and further study, he opened the brewery in late November 2011. Thanks to the very talented James, the beautiful wines of Taminick Cellars can now be enjoyed alongside his beer.
You might wonder how the brewery got its name. Maccas’ was the families pet dog when the brewery first opened, whom you can see featured on all of the breweries branding.
RIDE INTO THE BREWERY
Just a short 20 minutes drive from Wangaratta, some of the best cross country mountain bike riding is waiting to be enjoyed. James is a very passionate mountain bike rider: his Instagram regularly showcasing the stunning beauty of the Taminick Valley, adamant that the Warby Ranges mountain bike tracks are some of the best cross country trails around. Enjoy the day out riding the Warby Ranges then finish at the brewery with a nice cold beer whilst gazing over the 100 years old vines.
BEER vs WINE
James is leading the way when it comes to the relationship between beer and wine. When he speaks of beer he talks of balance and sophistication. Beer is finding its place among the dinner table and its people like James that are pushing this discussion. At the cellar each year a Hop vs Grape event is held: a five-course meal, each course served with both a Black Dog beer and a Taminick Cellars wine. With the best pairing decided by the attendees.
James’ love for the outdoors may have influenced the decision to can all of his beers. Therefore making them easy to transport if you want to sneak in a few on a hike or after a mountain bike ride.
All of Black Dog Brewery’s beers are incredibly well made, using lots of local Australian ingredients including malt from Voyager Craft Malt in New South Wales and hops from Rostrevor Hop Gardens just a short drive away.
The recurring theme throughout the branding of these beers is the Black Dog. Every beer is cleverly named and depicts a dog on each can. For example, Dead Dog Stout, Lazy Dog Ale and Leader of the Pack IPA.
BLACK DOG BREWERY BEERS
- Drifter Lager
- Lazy Dog Ale
- Howling Pale Ale
- Leader of the Pack IPA
- Dead Dog Stout
- Mans Best Friend
- High Trail Pale
- Farm Session Saison
- Imperial Red Ale
- Belgian Dark Red Ale
- Junk Yard Dog DIPA
- Ginger Beer
BLACK DOG BREWERY
339 Booth Rd, Taminick VIC 3675
0408 577 916
Thurs – Mon 12-5pm