While Di Di was doing a "tough job" by drinking 100 different beers in Italy (eye rolling), I was in Australia and visited Holgate Brewhouse founded by Paul Holgate, one of the pioneers of craft beer in Australia. He reminds me a lot of Master Gao from Nanjing in China but a nicer and cooler version. Master Gao will never pick me up from Shanghai and drive all the way to Nanjing and show us around his brewery.
Both have chemical background and started brewing craft beer in early 1990’s, Master Gao's beer is hugely influenced by modern American brewing & styles while Mr. Holgated started off making European style brews.
Holgate Brewhouse was located at Woodend, 45 minutes drive from Melbourne downtown. Paul's craft beer journey started by growing up in a big family of nine kids. They have all been used to make their own food since family were not able to afford dining out. However, it’s also part of the family fun to bake cakes and pastries, also cooking breads, jams and ginger beer.
Paul started brewing since 1991 just for fun. While he was studying at Melbourne University, Paul met his wife and also his business partner at a chemical library! Both of them have passion in drinking craft beer. After hearing this story, I think you will find DiDi in any of chemcial labs in Shanghai and hunting for her brewmaster hubby!
Homebrewing was how the family started craft beer brewing and then soon moved to historical hotel and turned it into a brewhouse in a pub style with accomodation. It’s located in the central of Woodend which is also a tourist area where is near Mount Macedon. There is direct train from Melbourne to Woodend, where has only 5,000 people living in this small town. Holgate brewhouse was born right after Paul's trip to USA in 1997.
Holgate Brewhouse was the first hotel back to “golden rush” days where gold diggers took rest after they started their trip from Melbourne. Usually it takes a week by foot or 2 days by horses to Woodend, and then they would stop over at hotel for a night before they moved on to Bendigo for gold digging.
Holgate Norton Larger
Inspired by Paul's Dad
Paul’s Dad, Bernie Holgate, who was an adventure by heart, inspired Norton Larger. He loved riding his bike and grabbed his life by horns. Norton Larger pays tribute to Bernie, his freewheeling and risk taking spirit. It used local Australia grown hop by transforming this Germany larger into a great entry level of craft beer drink for non craft beer drinkers in Australia.
Holgate 最早起同时也是最经典的Norton Lager是Paul为了今年父亲Bernie而特地酿造的。父亲特别喜欢骑摩托车也是个冒险家。为了纪念父亲的精神，Paul用澳洲培植的酒花把德国传统的lager变成了澳洲版精酿啤酒的入门酒。酒瓶的LOGO就是Paul的父亲带着目前骑着炫酷的摩托车兜风的照片。
Holgate Road Trip IPA
Since I love hoppy craft beer, American IPA has always been my go-to-beer. My favorite was Road Trip American IPA. It was inspired by their road trip in USA after 10 years achievement at Holgate Brewhouse. It’s a reward trip to the family for all of those years of hard work. (And this Road Trip traveled to China with me, and guess who was so lucky to have it?)
由于我还是处于入门级的精酿啤酒爱好者，所以美国IPA目前还是我的最爱。Holgate里我最爱喝的还是他们的Road Trip IPA. 是Paul一家在酒厂开业十周年之后重游美国的纪念之旅而酿造的。这次这瓶幸运的Road Trip还随我一起来到中国，猜猜谁喝到它了呢？
Craft beer is like another format of art creation. Nothing different with an independent fashion designer or any other art designer. When they talk about craft beer, their eyes are all lightened up, heart beats and blood was boiling as they just found love of the life!
Paul was not only passionate about brewing craft beer but also hoping to get more and more people in Australia to understand craft beer and appreciate what they do!
Though Australians are known for beer drinkers, however, craft beer is still at infant stage. It takes time to educate the market and we will need more people like Paul Holgate who has strong craft beer heart and taking the leading roles to change and shape the craft beer world in Australia.
We wish him and Holgate BrewHouse all of the best and best luck of expanding the brewhouse in order to increase the capacity of production, so our craft beer fans in China can also enjoy his craft beer in the near future. Also don't forget to book a room in advance on the Holgate Website since TheBrewGirls don't want you to drunk & drive!
79 High Street Woodend, Victoria, Australia
Telephone +61 3 5427 2510
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