The Forrest Brewing Company
The Forrest Brewing Company’s bar is located in the small township from which it takes its name, famous for its 60 kilometres of mountain-bike trails. It was only after buying the town’s old general store that owner Matt Bradshaw wondered what he could do with it. He already brewed as a hobby, and decided that mountain bikers who travel to Forrest for a ride would enjoy stopping off for pizza and beer.
Bingo. The hilltop brewery has become a regular stop for riders in the Great Ocean Road area. In summer, they sit outside at tree stump tables to watch the sun set over the bike trails below. In winter, it’s all about the cabin-like dining room, with wood-panelled walls and a cosy atmosphere.
Forrest brews four regular beers: Pale Ale, Stout, Irish Red and Silvertop (a Kolsch), in its 600-litre brewhouse, available all year round. The company began brewing in 2009, producing some seasonal, stronger-flavoured beers, as well as an apple cider and a ginger beer.
The food menu is skewed towards mountain bikers, with healthy snacks and energy slices, as well as hearty pub meals that either feature beer, or are designed to be enjoyed with a glass of it.
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