BLIZZARD BREWING CO
Blizzard Brewing Co has to be one of the most unique breweries in the world for its positioning. Sitting at 1550 meters above sea level, it’s the only brewery in Australia above the snowline. Furthermore, you can ski right into the brewery from the nearby slopes.
FROM THE USA TO AUSTRALIA
Owner Mark Hubbard hails from Colorado’s Rockies Mountains and moved to Australia for some adventure in 1984 after meeting a group of Australian’s in Aspen when he was a ski instructor. He was supposed to stay for two years however, fell in love with the country and has lived here ever since.
After spending the first 20 years in Sydney, he later moved to Melbourne for work and this is when he discovered Dinner Plain and Mt. Hotham. He realised that one thing (a brewery) was missing in the town, and on Easter weekend in 2016 opened the doors of Blizzard Brewing, creating a unique offering for visitors and locals alike.
As with most new businesses, there are always some glitches along the way. For Mark, this came in the form of his brewing equipment. Firstly, the brewing kit cost more to get up the mountain than it did to ship it from China and San Diego. Secondly, the truck that delivered the equipment got stuck halfway up the mountain on a cold winters day. A few frantic phone calls and 12 hours later, the truck finally made it up the rest of the mountain to Dinner Plain.
BEER ABOVE ALL
Over the four years since the brewery opened, 26 different beers have been brewed, with several seasonal and limited releases each year. Blizzard’s core range is made up of 7 well crafted, approachable beers using an in house Belgian yeast. Their special ingredient? The water. The beers are brewed using snowmelt, which is arguably some of the freshest and purest water in the country. The water is sourced from Dinner Plains high altitude aquifers which flows right in under the brewery.
The names of the beers are inspired by the snowy, mountainous area and its landmarks. For example, Brandy Creek Kolsch is named after Brandy Creek, which is only a short drive up the mountain from the brewery. The theme runs strong through the Powder Pale Ale, Ice Horse IPA and 1550 Lager too.
Things get even more unique when it comes to the brewer. As the brewery is located at the top of a mountain and is relatively far from the next town, Blizzard’s brewer is a fly-in-fly-out brewer. Meaning, he flys in for a week and batch brews and then flys back home to his family the next.
A SLICE OF THE ROCKIES
When walking into the taproom you might feel like you’ve been transported to a brewery in the Rocky’s with its ski clubhouse feel. The open fire and cosy couches make the brewery welcoming and somewhere you could settle down for the afternoon with friends after a day on the slopes. Sitting at the bar, Mark will tell you about the beers on tap as you taste your way through them.
The artwork displayed on the walls, which depicts country and western imagery, could also have something to do with the breweries American feel. With their bold, bright colours, they give the brewery a fun and joyous feel. The artist, David Sherwin Parker, born in Baltimore (USA) and Mark met in Colorado in their university days.
BLIZZARD BREWING CO BEERS
Powder Pale Ale
Bladerunner Belgian Pale
Brandy Creek Kolsch
Avalanche Amber Ale
- Summit Stout
En-Route Brut Lager
Feathertop Peak to Creek Summer Ale
Wos Ros and Trevor North East Ale
Ice Horse IPA
- Sourdough Saison
BLIZZARD BREWING CO
5 Cattle Pen Drive, Dinner Plain VIC 3898
0417 335 548