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RESTAURANT ¤ BAR ¤ ACCOMMODATION
Located in the small Gippsland town of Mirboo North, Grand Ridge Brewery is one of Australia’s
first and most recognised craft breweries.
It’s not just beer that Grand Ridge specialise in, boasting full restaurant, bar and even self-contained
accommodation for those who wish to stay a little longer and really enjoy the heart of Gippsland!
Fun for the whole family in the heart of Gippsland!
GRAND RIDGE BREWERY
1 BAROMI ROAD, MIRBOO NORTH
Ph: 03 5668 2222
OPEN LUNCH & DINNER
7 DAYS DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
INCL. CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH
Delicious Á la carte menu
Great range of local produce
Casual family friendly bistro
Craft beer made on site
Take away beer and cider
Gluten free cider available
Award winning beers on tap
Steps from the Grand Ridge rail trail
Grand Ridge’s winning ways
extended to new brews
THE most awarded beer brand
in Australia, Grand Ridge Brew-
ery at Mirboo North, is repeating
the dose with its new line of cider
the Twisted Sister Apple Cider
and Twisted Sister Pear Cider
At the 2015 Cider Australia
Awards in October this year they
claimed two Bronze Medals in
a highly competitive new bever-
age section, with the apple cider
recognised in the ‘New World
Medium Cider’ category with
bronze and the pear cider gain-
ing a bronze in the ‘New World
Sweet Perry Cider’ section.
New World Cider is defined as
a more modern and fruit driven
style, as compared to Traditional
Owner of Grand Ridge Brew-
ery, Eric Walters, couldn’t be
more pleased or more proud of
how well the new ciders have
been received, not only by the
customers but also by the ex-
perts – the cider initiative is the
brainchild of his four daughters;
Belinda, Emily, Jessica and Sa-
“I t all came about a few years
ago when we heard that a num-
ber of apple and pear growers in
Gippsland were threatened with
having to plough in their fruit
trees,” said Eric.
“We said, ‘why can’t we use our
brewing equipment to take up
some of their produce and pro -
duce a new line of apple cider’.
“The girls came up with the
style of cider they wanted and
the logo and presentation and
I’m pleased to say it has gone
over tremendously well, and not
just with the girls.
“We’re finding that the drink-
ers are 50-50, fair dinkum, the
guys like it just as much as the
girls and we’ve taken it all over
Australia, which has been a great
outcome not only for us but also
for the business and employ-
New beers, more awards
It’s not just in the cider depart-
ment that Grand Ridge has been
kicking goals in 2015. They also
won seven medals at the Sydney
Royal Show Awards, their first
time in that competition.
The awards were as follows:
• Stouts & Porters Dual Bronze
Medal Winner: Hatlifter Stout
• Strong Beers Dual Silver
Medal Winner: Moonshine
• Strong Beers Silver Medal
• Best Wheat Beer Silver Medal
Winner: Natural Blonde
• Specialty Beers Silver Medal
Winner: Whoa! (a Wet Hopped
They also won three medals at
the 2015 Australian Internation-
al Beer Awards in May.
• Best Barley/Wheat Wine Sil-
ver Medal Winner: Supershine
• Best Scotch Ale Silver Medal
• Belgian Wit (Best Wheat
Beer) Bronze Medal Winner: Nat-
“After a great year of new beers
and the launch of our brand
new range of craft cider, we were
very excited to have been so well
regarded by the experts, ” s aid
During the year, Grand Ridge
also launched two new beers to
add to their classic range; a new
pale ale and a new golden ale.
They’ve also just commissioned
a new brew line featuring more
sophisticated quality and tem-
perature control settings.
And the recent addition of a
major investment in solar power
to the plant has also played well
in the market with consumers
happy to reward manufacturers
with good environmental records.
The Grand Ridge Brewery at
Mirboo North is a must-visit over
the holiday season for locals and
visitors alike and not just for
those who like beer and cider.
The bar is open for beer and
tastings seven days a week and
the restaurant will be open seven
days for lunch and dinner over
the holidays, also from Wednes-
day to Sunday out of holiday
Helen Bristol of Michael’s Supa IGA Liquor in Leongatha re-
stocks the shelves with Grand Ridge Brewery’s award-winning
beers. Now they’ve added cider silverware to the trophy cabinet.
Discover. . .
NESTLED in the Strzelecki Ranges, two hours
south east of Melbourne, equidistant from the
Latrobe Valley and Leongatha, it is a town that is
well located to take advantage of people wanting to
enjoy the best of both worlds – employment and life-
Surrounded by rolling hills, rich farmland and
panoramic views, Mirboo North is a small town with
a big sense of community, offering a village lifestyle
that is within easy reach of the beautiful beaches of
the south east coast of Victoria but close to good
services and employment options.
In 2010 ‘Our Town Our Future’ highlighted the life-
style and growth advantages of Mirboo North and
since then, the town has started to see some of that
Mirboo Country Development, an association of
local businesses, community groups and individu-
als went on to develop a new brand for the town
“Mirboo North Country” which communicates the
uniqueness and character of Mirboo North and is
being used to promote the town at a local, regional
and state level.
The Mirboo North and District Community Foun-
dation works to enhance the social and economic
strength of the community. Through its annual
grants program and by working in partnership with
other philanthropic and charitable organisations,
the Foundation is committed to building a sustain-
able and inclusive community.
The Mirboo North Structure Plan, undertaken by
South Gippsland Shire Council in consultation with
the community, provides a framework to identify op-
portunities and guide the future growth and devel-
opment of the town and surrounds; and an active
community plans to make the shire stick to its goals.
The town has excellent facilities for its size and is
a delightful place to stop on a road trip through the
region with an array of cafés, a specialty chocolate
shop, superb bakery, traditional pub and of course
the Grand Ridge Brewery.
An interesting rail trail and challenging golf course
are among the recreational opportunities.
The Mirboo North Craft and Produce Market is a
big affair held every month on the last Saturday.
The last market, on December 26, was an espe-
cially big one during the Christmas-New Year break
but the next one on Saturday, January 30, 2016 is
expected to be equally big, open from 7am to 2pm.
Mar vellous Mirboo
North is on the map
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