Meet Paul from Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend.
79 High Street, Woodend
Open 7 days 12pm until late
Tell us the story of Holgate Brewhouse. How did you get to where you are today?
My wife Natasha and I met at uni when we were 19, fell in love, got married, travelled the world and were inspired. This resulted in a vision and passion for good beer, good food, good wine – all the good things in life! We both have science and chemistry backgrounds and worked for multinational corporate companies before we gave it all up to start our own family business. Since founding the business in 1999, Holgate Brewhouse has been producing genuine craft beer from the village of Woodend in Victoria. Brewed, bottled and kegged right here in a historic 19th century red-brick Hotel in centre of Woodend.
What will a visitor experience when they visit Holgate Brewhouse?
Come and see the microbrewery in action at the hotel. You’ll find us out the back dreaming up another mighty brew, wrangling with the bottling machine or otherwise cranking out some more tasty Holgate beers. Blow the froth off a couple while you’re here and enjoy some fine cuisine in the hotel restaurant. Stay a night or two in one of our beautifully refurbished guestrooms. Best of all, visit our bar and taproom and discover just how fresh and full-flavoured authentic craft beer can be – Straight from the Gate!
What makes your beer so special?
We make our beers entirely ourselves, bold and brimming with character – carefully constructed with authentic, natural ingredients. We reckon there’s more than enough industrially-brewed beerish-flavoured bunk in the world. If that makes us beer snobs, it’s a badge we wear with pride. No preservatives. No chemicals. No pasteurisation. Just years of brewing lore and an uncompromising approach.
What’s your favourite food and beer match?
Our burgers are awesome. We make the buns in house using our beer! Love to pair it with our refreshing Norton Lager. The Norton Lager pays tribute to my father Bernie and his freewheeling, risk taking spirit!
What’s next for Holgate Brewhouse?
Expansion! And that expansion dream is now reality, with construction underway of a brand new building to the rear of the hotel. The new building will comprise a showroom visible to the street housing a new state-of-the-art Brewhouse and a Beer and Brewing Discovery Centre with tasting room, museum, brewing experience, merchandise sales and accommodation check-in. To the rear will be a large commercial area for the operations – an expanded fermentation cellar, malt handling and modern high-speed packaging line.