Victoria High Country Brewery Collab: Rule 47 2014


What is not to love about this brew from the get go? A collaboration between the best brewers North East Victoria has to offer this annual tradition involves the coming together of Black Dog Brewery, Bright Brewery, Sweetwater Brewery and Bridge Rd Brewery and the brewing of something they would not necessarily brew by themselves; a unique beer that showcases a love that they all share: Riding. Hence Rule 47 of the Velominati (basically disciples and preachers of cycling), which states:

Drink Tripels, don’t ride triples. Cycling and beer are so intertwined we may never understand the full relationship. Beer is a recovery drink, an elixir for post-ride trash talking and a just plain excellent thing to pour down the neck. We train to drink so don’t fool around. Drink quality beer from real breweries. If it is brewed with rice instead of malted barley or requires a lime, you are off the path. Know your bittering units like you know your gear length. Life is short, don’t waste it on piss beer.

Words to live by I think…

Designed to quench the thirst of any cyclist, they use  regionally grown hops and celebrate the excellent trails connecting the high country towns North East Victoria has to offer and is available at all of the breweries involved in the collaboration. Let’s see what they have done with this years brew!

Style: India Pale Wit. Basically IPA style mixed into Belgian White Ale…

ABV: 6.6%


Got it from: Low Buy, Lilydale.


Pours a beautiful, light copper orange with fine white head.

On The Nose:

Some fantastic sweet spices of cinnamon, candied ginger and nutmeg with chewy bubblegum and fresh, sweet apricot and melon. Getting light notes of preserved lemon, sweet pepper and fresh biscuit with lees/ yeast notes.


Palate has a very solid, spicy malt back bone with lots of broad fruity ester notes: spiced apricot, peach, lemon and grapefruit pith. Finishes us bone dry with lots of lingering, chewy bitters. Crushed pine needles and aromatic resin.

Final Thoughts:

Have to say, I would be very happy to smash a few of these after a ride! If I got off my arse for a ride… Absolutely fills the criteria here: Clever balance between two different styles: this Witbier base steps it up with some serious additions of aussie Enigma and Summer hops and seriously freshens it up with some interesting Belgian notes playing along. Seeing this on tap somewhere would make me very happy… Perhaps in the Yarra? Pretty Please?


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