The Hunter Valley is famed for being one of Australia’s premier winemaking regions… and for good reason. With internationally renowned award-winning wines, lush and fertile rural landscapes, tantalising cuisine made using fresh, local ingredients and natural beauty at every turn – millions descend on the region to escape the city and enjoy the finer things in life.
While winemaking is always going to be the go-to here, local Hunter Valley breweries are serving up some of the best craft beers, ales and ciders worthy of sampling. From bubbly seasonal beers and pale ales made using filtered Hunter Valley water to sweet and crisp ciders featuring local apples and delicious Perry using homegrown pears.
Of course, you’ll always be able to enjoy a glass of vino or two- but don’t let these gems pass you by. Expand your palette with a glass of locally brewed goodness, perfect for pairing with a hearty lunch in the heart of the Hunter Valley.
Located at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, the Sydney Brewery can be found next to the Lovedale Bistro. Boasting a wide variety of craft and specialty beers, lagers and porters, the menu changes throughout the year, perfectly reflecting the seasons.
From Lovedale Lager to the iconic Sydney Cider, kick back and relax with a cold one while taking in views of the resort grounds. Once you’ve had your fair share of beer and Cider, why not stop by the Vista Lounge to sample the 36 whisky varieties on offer. Along with award-winning craft beers from the brewery and locally produced wines.
Fancy digging into delicious meals, prepared using locally sourced ingredients, that epitomise the spirit of the Hunter Valley? The 5-course degustation menu and generous wine list at Redsalt are the perfect way to finish your day. Whether you prefer a tall glass of beer, a rich and malty whiskey, a signature cocktail or a flute of bubbles – you’ll find everything you could need in one amazing location.
Hope Estate Brewery
Nestled in the heart of Pokolbin is the beautiful Hope Estate winery. And while wine is the main focus here, the brewery serves up 12 different ciders and beers on tap using ingredients grown on the 420 acres of vineyards and orchards.
Having won the Champion Small Brewery Award in 2016, it has become a firm favourite to those looking to enjoy a brewery tour in the Hunter Valley. With a beautiful taste palette that will satisfy all preferences, it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax with a cold one while soaking in stunning views of the estate grounds.
If you want to attend a tasting tour at the Hope Estate Brewery, you can visit by using the hop on – hop off bus service or ask the concierge at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley to arrange transportation for you. If beer and natural beauty sound like the perfect pairing to you, then this is definitely one to add to your list.
Ironbark Hill Brewhouse
Located within easy reach of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Ironbark Hill Brewhouse is a new and up-and-coming microbrewery definitely worth visiting when in the Hunter Valley. Featuring eight craft beers and local ciders on the menu, an ever-rotating tap schedule means the taste profiles change on a regular basis.
While beers and wines are popular choices with visitors, you definitely want to sample a glass or two of Perry pear cider. If you feel like you’ve had your fill of beer and cider, fear not. Peter Drayton Wines are made on site, giving you direct access to beautiful notes and flavours of locally made Hunter Valley wines, all served amongst the vines in the ever beautiful garden.
You’ll also find a well-rounded food menu if you get peckish during your microbrewery tour. Dig into delicious and hearty meals whilst looking out over the vineyard and soaking up plenty of fresh air and beautiful views.
Foghorn Brewery is home to a popular Hunter Valley brewhouse – with both locals and visitors alike. For $20, you can enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour, with tours on-site running at 5 pm every Friday, and 12 pm and 5 pm every Saturday.
As part of this Hunter Valley Brewery tour, you’ll receive a guided tour of the facilities, three tasting beers and plenty of tasting notes knowledge. Private tours are also available and can be booked directly with Foghorn Brewery. Having scooped awards at the AIBA for their stout, you know that you’re in for a real treat.
Be sure to sample Foggy Juice, a tropical yet hop-focused specialty. Of course, Hunter Bock is a must – serving up notes of black coffee, bread crusts, and rich malty sweetness. If cider is more your thing, you’ll appreciate the tangy, crisp notes of locally produced Tilse’s Apple Truck Cider. Whatever your tipple is, Foghorn Brewery delivers on taste and creativity in the Hunter Valley.
Pokolbin Cider House
Pokolbin Cider House is a must-visit for cider lovers. With roots dating back to 2011, their offerings have grown to include local favourites such as:
- Sweet Spiced
- Cider, Grape Cider
- Cask Aged Vintage Perry
- Pear May, sparkling ciders
- Fruit-infused gems.
Sample everything on offer at Lambloch Estate cellar door and excite your taste buds with everything apples and pears. Bringing a new twist on sparkling fruit wines, everything from sweet and smokey to rich and tangy can be found. Better yet, you can stock up on all your favourites to enjoy back at home, taking a little bit of the authentic taste of the Hunter Valley with you.
Now For The Best Place To Stay
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley puts you within easy reach of the best things to see and do in the winemaking region. Featuring an 18-hole championship golf course, a brand new water park, indulgent spa facilities, and a range of Hunter Valley accommodation options made for amazing getaways – everything you need can be found in one place.
Home to Redsalt Restaurant, Lovedale Bistro, the Vista Lounge and Sydney Brewery, wining, dining and relaxing are all taken care of. Wake up to sweeping views of the Hunter Valley, with a variety of experiences, cellar doors, vineyards, artisan food stores and activities all within easy reach.
Ready to discover the difference of Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley? Book your stay today and prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime.