A SUSTAINABLE partnership between a Phillip Island brewery and a farm will be celebrated as part of Good Beer Week in May.
Since Ocean Reach Brewing was opened in Cowes in early December by co-founders Simon and Wayne Bismore, the brewery has recycled its spent grain by delivering it to the Bimbadeen Farm at Ventnor after the brewing process.
The grain is enjoyed by Bimbadeen’s pigs and chickens and the hops are grown at the farm to be used for the brewery’s range of beers.
Good Beer Week is the biggest beer festival in the southern hemisphere and the Ocean Reach event, ‘The Journey of Beer’, will see the beer and food cycle go full circle.
Guests will meet at the Bimbadeen Farm on Saturday, May 13 at 2pm, where Bimbadeen’s Steve Davie will take guests on a one to two hour tour of the 340-acre, family-run working farm, where he will talk about how the spent grain is used, innovative environmental practices on the farm, their award-winning premium quality beef and the need for farming enterprises to diversify.
From there, guests will make their own way to the bar at 6pm for a four-course dinner, utilising Bimbadeen produce along with five schooners of Ocean Reach’s craft beers, which head brewer Simon is very excited about.
“Technically we’re going to have some pork that has eaten the grain that people are drinking in our beer – it’s our journey of beer,” Simon said.
“The grain starts at the brewery, comes to the farm and then back to the brewery as pork for dinner.
“When we decided what we’d do for Good Beer Week, we decided we’d team up with Bimbadeen because it’s a local farm and we want to talk about how we work together to be sustainable.”
Steve said the partnership between the farm and the brewery has worked well.
“The more beer they sell, the better it is for our animals,” he said.
“It saves these guys having to find somewhere to get rid of it, and it’s actually put to good use where the animals are putting on weight and enjoying it.”
During the evening at the brewery, Simon will talk about the process Ocean Reach follows to produce quality craft beer for Phillip Island, why craft beer is different to commercial beer and the importance of using fresh and local ingredients where possible.
Tickets for the event are $120 which includes the farm tour, four-course dinner and five Ocean Reach schooners.
Tickets can be purchased via www.goodbeerweek.com.au/event/ocean-reach-brewing-pty-ltd/42-the-journey-of-beer