Remember my visits to the 2 wineries before this? After going to All Saints Estate and Campbells Winery, we thought of going to a beer brewery for a change. From the flyers, we saw one which was only 10km away, called Vintara Winery & Brewery. So, excitedly we drove towards Vintara and saw this signboard. Vintara had BOTH a winery and brewery. Apparently, the word Bintara was coined to represent the Beer Brewery, Beer + Vintara = Bintara.
witch at Vintara/Bintara
The sky was as usual blue, and the weather was sunny but cool. Sitting outdoors at the vineyard in this gorgeous weather was simply out of this world.
Fancy a cuppa here?
The lush greenery
We soon made our way to the cellar door, in hopes of finding a brewery.
Towards Vintara Cafe
Once we’re in, the place was empty except for barrels and modern wine filters. There was no one there, until we called out a few times. When the person in charge came, he was friendly and welcomed us. We eagerly told him that we were there to visit the brewery but alas! He said the brewery was already closed down 6 weeks before that! What they were running now was just a winery. Oh dear! You can’t imagine how disappointed we were, to have so much hope only to be let down. *sigh*
Barrels of wine
Wine making equipment
Since we were already there, he offered to let us try to wine instead. 🙂 We tried a few glasses but didn’t find any that we liked, so we thanked him and left. By then, it was already close to 5pm, where most wineries or breweries would have closed.
Wine tasting counter at Vintara
That was failed attempt number 1. To cheer us up, we went to Mc Donald’s! *LOL* We’re easy to please eh?
The burgers at McDonald’s here looked different and tasted different too. They had more of the healthier versions of burger. For example, the Seared Chicken Deluxe I had was a piece of seared chicken breast which was low in fat, as opposed to the deep fried chicken thigh we have in Malaysia. They also used sourdough bun instead of the normal sesame seed bun we have here.
Seared Chicken Deluxe
As for Saucer, he opted for something huge – the Grand Angus. This burger was filled with a thick and tender Angus beef patty, red onion rings, cheese, tomato, gourmet salad mix, and served on a soft sourdough bun. Getting thumbs-up from him!
McDonald’s Grand Angus burger
We went back to Lake Mulwala after that and called it a day. The next morning, our determination was still strong on finding that beer brewery, so we headed a bit further to Boorhaman, where a famous local brewery was at. Boorhaman was situated about 40km from Lake Mulwala, so we started our journey early in the morning.
Road trip to Boorhaman
The whole journey was along country roads, sandwiched in between lush greenery and lots of farm animals. I was particularly fascinated by how livestock were left alone in the open, with no one monitoring them. They seemed to be pretty contented on their own, munching away the green grass, oblivious to the surroundings.
A black and white milk cow
A black meat cow
A woolly sheep!
The vast green field
After about an hour of driving, we came across this road sign. We’re in Boorhaman!
Boorhaman road sign
And sure enough, the brewery was located just by the road sign, hard to be missed. But what was more surprising was the size of this Boorhaman ‘town’, if we may call it such. There were no other buildings along this long road apart from the Buffalo Brewery and restaurant.
Buffalo Brewery at Boorhaman
To illustrate my point, look at the road in front of Buffalo Brewery. Long, straight and empty!
Long and straight road
To give you a better perspective, here is Buffalo Brewery by the roadside. See?
Can you spot me? LOL!
Boorhaman Hotel and Bar
Anyway, we were there much earlier than its opening hours, that’s why we spent some time taking photos, since there was nothing else to be done.
witch at Buffalo Brewery
Around 11.3oam, we saw a woman opening up the door and we went in. Our initial intention was to have brunch there, but she told us that the kitchen would only be open from 12.30pm onwards! There was no way we would wait for an hour there, so we asked about the brewery. Sadly, the brewery was not open to the public for visiting. Failed attempt number 2.
So what did we do in the end? What else but to get a 6-pack of these locally microbrewed beers! It cost AUD20 and we got to choose different flavours of the beer such as Ginger Ale, Dark Ale, Wheat beer and so on.
The types of beer
5 types of Buffalo beers
We then left Boorhaman and headed to our next destination. It was time to head back to Melbourne for a short detour at a friend’s place. That meant home-cooked dinner and lots of laughter! 🙂
Buffalo Brewery, Boorhaman Hotel
Boorhaman Road Boorhaman
Contact no.: (03) 57269215