Since the first batch was brewed in 1878, Betoota Bitter has been Western Queensland’s favourite beer. Usually served cold.
Initially starting out as a hobby for our town’s first dual-income couple, The Betoota Bitter, was an overnight sensation when Jeff and Andy Carton managed to convince the publican to put on a tap at the Lord Betoota Hotel. It has been the highest-selling beer in Betoota since that day.
In a bizarre coincidence, 1878 was also the same year that our Eastern competitor in the Brisbane suburb of Milton began production.
A healthy rivalry has existed between the city brewers and the Outback brewers since then. However during the famous beer strike of 1979 – Betoota Bitter was able to maintain a competitive edge by maintaining production and taking hold of the lapsed contracts in hundreds of dry pubs throughout the bush – that and the appeal of being the only Australian beer made with pure artesian bore water.
In the early 1900s, Betoota Bitter imported a new master brewer from Shanghai to make Betoota Bitter better than possibly imaginable.
His name was Matty Sing, and it is generally accepted that it was his revolutionary idea to store Australian beers in amber glass, to protect it from the blazing Outback sun.
The first and second World Wars saw Betoota Bitter distributed across the world for our brave troops. For many a soldier, Betoota Bitter was the distinct taste of life back home. The diggers even affectionately nicknamed the lager “BB” which eventually became known as ‘Bravo Bravo’.
The brewery also started using a great new innovation called the ‘can’ – a compact sized aluminium container that holds beer in it. This has allowed people to buy the beer for consumption at home or at a festival such as #Inland2017.
Indigenous Bush Tucka
Indigenous Bush Tucka's menu:
# Kangaroo Slider on Manildra Flour Damper w. native tomato preserve + local apple & fennel slaw
# Kangaroo Rump & Dark Ale Pie
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Aristan Flame Menu:
# Grilled Chicken Wings > 6 pcs mid wings/drummettes with flatbread and choice of hummus, garlic or bbq sauce.
# Grilled Chicken Wrap > chicken thigh, lettuce and parsley mix, tomato, onion, hummus and garlic sauce with side of pickles.
# Chunky Beef Sandwich > chunky beef on sourdough with cheese sauce, caramelised onion, lettuce, tomato, and herb aioli sauce.
# Grilled Pork Ribs > pork riblets topped with bbq sauce and a side of beer battered chips.
# Grilled Beef Ribs > beef ribs with a choice of honey glaze or bbq sauce and a side of beer battered chips.
# Grilled Combo > 5 pcs of drumettes with pork riblets ripped with bbq sauce and side of beer battered chips.
Established in April 2016 by brothers Campbell and Greg Hedley, alongside Head Brewer Ian Carman, we're extremely proud to be producing a range of high quality, tasty beers in Bathurst. We are also constantly experimenting and innovating, taking advantage of some of the unique seasonal ingredients on offer - which means you never know what might be on tap the next time you visit.
Stone Pine Distillery is situated on the historic homestead of ‘Merembra’ near Bathurst which dates back to the 1840s and was for a time, in the late 19th century, known as The Barley Mow Hotel. After a 140 year absence, the property is once again host to a liquor licence, a long time between drinks! The stone pine tree, situated on the front lawn of the property, is thought to be of age with the house and, of course, is the distillery’s namesake.
Batlow is a small country town located in the Snowy Mountains region of NSW, about 450km south-west of Sydney. A combination of a precise climate, nutrient rich soil and careful growing methods by growers make Batlow Apples second to none. In fact Batlow Apples are “Australia’s Favourite Apples” and have been since 1922. Batlow Apples is 100% Australian and grower owned. We think it makes perfect sense to turn “Australia’s Favourite Apples” into Australia’s favourite cider.