Hops Harvest Tour with Wild Food Adventures
This tour is what Wild Food Adventures is all about. More than just day trips, our tours are immersive, hand-ons and creative adventures connecting with people, place and produce. Nothing beats getting down on the farm and bringing in the hops used to make the very beer you later get to sample. Be part of the paddock to plate process at a region craft brewery located in the scenic village of Exeter in the Southern Highlands. Start the day at the Southern Highlands Brewing Farm with a tour of the brewing plant followed by hops harvesting in the field before enjoying some craft beer tasting from their award winning local range. We then move to Moss Vale to indulge in a beer matched lunch at their new restaurant and bar - The Taphouse. Enjoy Beers Tasters from their well considered range perfectly paired with dishes like Oysters, Duck Liver Pate with Port Wine Jelly, Crispy Polenta Chips with Roasted Tomato Coulis, Grilled Courgette and Parmesan or Miniature Falafels with Edamame Hummus and Spiced Pumpkin alongside Pearl Couscous with Roasted Cauliflower and Persian Fetta. Saturdays 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd February. Tickets $295 per person. (On-Demand bookings may be available for other dates. Please see website for more information.) Day Tour Itinerary 8.00am Meet at Circular Quay in Sydney and transfer to Exeter in the Southern Highlands. 10:00 Arrive at Brewery & Introductions 10:05 Malt Room, Explanation of the Malting Process, Grain tasting 10:15 Brewing Process – Mash Tun, Lauter Tun, Hop Additions 10:30 Fermentation Process 11:00 Walk to the Hopyard, down the lane and over the stile 11:05 Inspection of the Hopyard, Explanation of the role of Hops in Beer, Lupulins, Bittering, Flavour 11:25 Harvest the Hops - Competition 11:45 Hop Aromas & Sample of Hop style Beer (IPA or APA) 12:00 Transfer to Taphouse 12.30 Taphouse shared plate lunch with matching beer 2pm Finish and begin the return trip to Canberra or Sydney ABOUT SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS BREWING CO. Southern Highlands Brewing Co. was established in 2015, commencing production of small-batch, hand-crafted artisan beers in May 2016. Brought to life in country New South Wales, Australia, SHBC’s beers are the result of 20 years of beer recipe innovation and refinement. With three generations of family history in the region, SHBC shows rich commitment to Southern Highlands and the brand epitomises its pledge to use the best available local ingredients, and to crafting beers that boast a distinctly Southern Highlands’ flavour. Originating as a nano-brewery, and expanding to launch its very own Taphouse in Moss Vale, SHBC’s commitment to producing hand-crafted, specialty beers only underpins both its commercial strategies and day-to-day operations. CRAFT BEER SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS STYLE The Southern Highlands Brewing Co was established after a friendship formed in 2010 on the rugby field at the Bowral Blacks between Cameron James and Ben Twomey. Years of constructing and reconstructing the business plan culminated in the launch the Brewery in 2015. Head Brewer, Cameron James, is a Highlander born and bred and also an intrepid beer tourist. He has travelled the world in the pursuit of beer scholarship and fellowship, and honed all that inspiration and knowledge for our benefit. Ben Twomey was in corporate finance working in London and Dubai and on returning to Australia moved to the Southern Highlands in pursuit of the next venture. The chance meeting with Camo and the love of beer inspired the concept of Southern Highlands Brewing. The Brewery quickly established itself across the Southern Highlands in a variety of local establishments and supported some of the major events in the Southern Highlands. The acceptance and the popularity of craft beer in the regional vindicated the establishment of a retail premise and creation of the Brewery’s spiritual home. In establishing the Taphouse in 2017, the owners wanted to create a new style of beer concept and create an experience in the Southern Highlands style, with an emphasis on beer cuisine. The Southern Highland’s Brewing Taphouse opened its door on November 2017 and is the show piece of the Brewery combing the product, place and people all synonymous with the essence of the Southern Highlands.