King River Brewing in the Victorian High Country was hit by bushfires and then COVID-19 last year, but it used the time to plan for expansion and is now doubling capacity.
The bushfires now seem like a distant memory, but its effects are still being felt and Bridge Road Brewers has launched Beer Aid in efforts to raise $20,000 for Victoria’s County Fire Authority.
Sydney brewery Yulli’s Brews is creating a beer-wine hybrid using smoke-tainted grapes from a NSW vineyard, which otherwise would have to get rid of its entire “unfit” 2020 grape harvest.
With the help of Voyager Malt and Hop Products Australia, Orange’s Badlands Brewery is giving away a batch of its Recovery Beer for free to support bushfire relief an recovery efforts.
Fledgling NSW hop grower Ryefield Hops has seen more than 50% of its hop crop decimated by drought and the effects of bushfires, but the team are hopeful that with some support, they can get back in business.
Breweries in the Victorian High Country are urging people to support them and others by stocking and buying beer from breweries affected by the bushfires.
A collection of Brisbane and Kingscliff based pubs will tap ‘Karma Kegs’ with 100 per cent of the proceeds set to be donated to Salvation Army’s Disaster Appeal aiding the bushfire relief.