A new tourism venture is brewing in Port Campbell boasting a distinctly Great Ocean Road flavour.
Sow and Piglets Brewery will open its doors on Saturday, launching its first four beers at the public opening.
In the lead-up, the community has had the chance to name the new brews and owner John Moloney said the winning entries would be announced at the label launch from 4pm. “We’ve had some great entries come through, such as The Forgotten Apostles, which would play on the fact only eight Apostles remain off our coastline. The suggestion was the beers be called, Thaddaeus, Bartholomew, Phillip and Judas to complete the set,” he said.
“Other ideas have included The Two Mile, The Rocket Shed, Wild Dog, The Promiscuous Ale and one of my favourites Bully Forbes, who was the captain of the Schomberg.” The brewery name itself is a nod to Great Ocean Road history – The Twelve Apostles were known as the Sow and Piglets until the 1920s.
The brewery is an offshoot of Mr Moloney’s Port Campbell Hostel and uses the expertise of master brewer Julian Widera.
A beer garden has been added to the site with a bar and deck that will host Saturday’s launch.
“We’re really proud of the quality of our beers, which are made with all natural ingredients, from scratch on site here in Port Campbell,” Mr Moloney said.
Twelve Apostles Tourism and Business Association president David Pope said the brewery was another exciting addition to the region’s food tourism industry.
“It gives visitors to the region another reason to consider changing their plans and staying in the area longer,” he said.
“While all these foodies experiences are independent – collectively they are becoming an ever-growing artisan food experience that is becoming so important to our local economy.
“The Port Campbell brewery aligns with Corangamite Shire’s objectives to grow the visitor economy and enhance the region’s reputation as a place to live, work and invest.”
The brewery is at 18 Tregea Street, Port Campbell.