Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 21 BEECHWORTH Set aside a day for Billson’s Two of the ‘must-do’ activities while you’re in the beautiful town of Beechworth, are to visit Billson’s historic brewery in Last Street, and the iconic brand’s nostalgic Soda Bar in Camp Street. In fact, exploring Billson’s variety of Beechworth experiences can easily keep you entertained for an entire day. Historic Brewery Tour Quietly tucked away in one of Beechworth’s leafy side streets, the landmark red brick facade of Billson’s Brewery evokes thoughts of times gone by. Visitors of all ages are invited to take a tour through the past, present and future of Billson’s on its Historic Brewery Tour, which is held at 11am from Friday to Monday (and every day during school holidays). On this guided one-hour, behind-the-scenes, small-group tour, you’ll discover how Billson’s delicious beverages have been made since 1865. You’ll learn about the unique architecture of Australia’s oldest ‘tower brewery’, as well as the restoration undertaken to bring it back to life. Your guide will also impart fascinating stories about the founding Billson’s family, the inspiration behind the company’s revival, and the development of Billson’s range of flavours over the past 150 years. Tour participants also get a unique insight into Billson’s modern brewing and distilling operations, and can enjoy tastings of cordial, gin and beer. Bookings are essential. To book or find out more, visit Visit and enjoy One of Australia’s oldest breweries, Billson’s Brewery is open every day from noon until 5pm, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy tasting the Billson’s range. At Billson’s family-friendly Taproom, you can also dine from a lunch menu that includes burgers, salads and grazing boards, featuring fresh and delicious local produce. The brewery also has a pet-friendly beer garden, as well as a sophisticated bar called Billson’s Speakeasy, where you can enjoy a cocktail or glass of local wine. There’s also a shop and a factory viewing deck, where you can watch the Billson’s production team at work. If you’re planning to stay for lunch, reservations are recommended. To book a lunch reservation, go to Billson’s Soda Bar At Billson’s Soda Bar you can take a fun, colourful and nostalgic trip back to yesteryear. Located at 37 Camp Street, Beechworth, the Soda Bar features a smiling bartender serving-up frothy ice cream spiders, cool sodas and flavourful hot chocolate, coffee and tea. Visitors are invited to pop in for a drink, or pick-up a takeaway. Billson’s Soda Bar is open Thursday to Monday, from noon to 10pm (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). To find out more, visit Sampling some Billson’s brews in the beer garden. Take a journey into the past with an Historic Brewery Tour. DV  O AA’S Oldest BR TASTING ROOM & CELLAR DOOR SPEAKEASY BAR TAP ROOM & BEER GARDEN T. 03 5728 1304 • BILLSON’S BREWERY, 29 LAST STREET, BEECHWORTH, VIC 3747 OPEN 7 DAYS 12PM – 5PM billsons1865 billsons PB11733