Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

THE GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE I PAGE 51 BRUTHEN Oven fresh scones all day with award winning jams. Cakes, tasty toasties and soup. Aircon inside or sun drenched courtyard. Art, craft and bric-a-brac for sale. Open 10ish to 5ish, weekends and holidays M: 0427 893 989 Next to BP Service Station Open Wednesday to Sunday and some Public Holidays. An extensive menu is on offer with 10 craft beers on tap as well as apple cider. Call in and experience great beers, great food and regional wines. 46 Main Street, Bruthen. Ph: 5157 5307 Whatever you’re thirsty for At the east end of Bruthen’s main street you’ll find the delightful Bruthen Heritage Tearooms and Coffee Shop, where Tanja Hennekam has been providing homemade treats for more than 20 years. Tanja is well known for her delicious home baked scones served with her award winning jams and cream - with tea or coffee, including cappuccino. Like the preserves? Tanja makes them using fruits from her own and other local gardens. They are for sale, so why not indulge? For something savoury, order a paté plate for one or two with homemade chicken, port and sage paté with a glass of wine at the licensed venue, or try a tasty toastie, including a Reuben sandwich on rye. People have gone out of their way to enjoy one of Tanja’s Reuben creations with her house-made Russian dressing that’s quite spicy and her mum’s sauerkraut, all dripping with cheese. The tearooms partner well with the Bruthen Heritage Precinct that is just over the road. Around the tables of the cosy café visitors will find interesting pieces of history of the area including photos of Bruthen’s days gone by, which are for sale. There is a great array of antique cups and saucers on display and also for sale. BEER WITH BITE At the western end of Bruthen’s town centre is the Bullant Brewery, a destination rather than just another boutique brewery. With the simple idea of pairing the best onsite brewed beer with the best regionally sourced food, the craft beers brewed at Bullant are designed to match their menu just like wine. They are, however, enjoyed equally as a solely refreshing beverage. Visitors to the Bullant Brewery are invited to view the magnificent copper brewhouse through the large, wide viewing windows, as they taste the latest brew. The beers are named for the uniqueness of the area in which they are prepared - Barksheds wheat beer, for the local bark huts built by Billy O’Mara to store wattle bark used in leather tanning; Mossiface Pale Ale, for the nearby river flat area where hops were grown and historic hops kilns can still be seen; Tambo River Pilsner, for the river that flows through Bruthen; Doctors Flat Rye Beer, for Doctor Arbuckle who travelled with Angus McMillan, the locality of Doctors Flat on the Great Alpine Road named for him; Double Bridges India Pale Ale, as the highway originally crossed the river locally twice; the Pig and Whistle Brown Ale, for the place where local road workers would hide their beer from their tee totalling boss; and Piano Bridge Stout, for the bridge on the way to Omeo, named either for its loose boards, like a piano, or for the piano that was smashed beyond repair on its way up the mountains. As the beer or season changes, so does the food prepared onsite to accompany it. Sourcing regional and local products as much as possible, Bites @ Bullant Brewery offers a menu of fine meals or snacks that present a contemporary approach to food enjoyed with beer. The Bruthen Heritage Precinct features historic displays of local history including this photo of sleeper cutters in Bruthen in March 1929. Photo: Victorian Railways