Great Alpine Road Visitor Guide

GREAT ALPINE ROAD VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 63 BRUTHEN Time for a break? Make a beeline for Bruthen Whether you're driving along the Great Alpine Road or cycling along the East Gippsland Rail Trail, the quaint and historic country village of Bruthen is a lovely place to stop for a snack and a drink. Here are two fabulous places in Bruthen, where you can do just that… Blue Bee Café and Takeaway Located on the main street of beautiful Bruthen, the Blue Bee Café and Takeaway is a funky little place, where you can enjoy a great coffee, yummy food and friendly service. From a delicious egg and bacon brunch, freshly-made focaccia, fish and chips, or a wellstacked burger, to house-made cakes, slices and even ice cream, the Blue Bee is the perfect place to relax. The café has a variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available, and if the weather is fine, you'll love having the option to dine outside in the Blue Bee's large, pet-friendly courtyard or front veranda. The café also stocks a selection of honey from East Gippsland apiary, Wombat Honey. The Café will be opening on Sundays during the summer holidays. To find out more about Blue Bee Café, check out their page on Facebook. Bullant Brewery At Bullant Brewery, you'll discover fine food and house-brewed craft beer. Easily found in the main street of Bruthen, the brewery is set in a prime, elevated location, where you can look out over the Tambo River valley from the Bites @ Bullant Brewery restaurant, or out on the sunny deck. The brewery is sympathetically designed and built – with a low skillion roof, corrugated iron walls, warm colours and local hardwood timbers, ensuring it sits in complete harmony with its riverside, bushland setting. The team at Bullant says the philosophy of the brewery is simple: "to pair the best onsite-brewed beer with the best regionally sourced food". The welcoming brewery was purpose-built to showcase the in-house brewing facilities – with the working copper brewhouse viewable through large, wide windows, while you taste the range of special house-made brews. Bullant's local beers are named after features of the area, and each has a story. For example, Barksheds Wheat Beer is named after the local bark huts built by Billy O'Mara to store wattle bark used in leather tanning. Mossiface Pale Ale is named for the nearby river flat area where hops were grown and historic hop kilns can still be seen. Tambo River Pilsner is named after the river that flows through Bruthen. There's also live music out on the deck on selected weekends – subject to weather. Check out the brewery's Facebook or Instagram pages on your way to Bruthen to see what's on, or go to A tasting paddle is the perfect way to sample Bullant Brewery’s different beer styles. Photo: Visit Victoria A delicious brunch is just one of the treats you’ll find at Bruthen’s Blue Bee Café. THE HOME OF GREAT BEERS AND FOOD! 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 PB10954 f 60 Main Street, Bruthen Ph: 5157 5397 Open Mon-Thurs 6am-3pm, Fri 6am-7pm, Sat 8am-2pm Blue Bee Cafe is a funky cafe in the gorgeous town of Bruthen. Cafe features a sunny courtyard for you to relax with your pet. PB11649 Sundays - Summer Holidays