New Beer Alert: Sour Brett Ale 18 Apr
Published in Latest-News


Created entirely in the brewery without aging, this funky and sour ale is a mixed culture beer, fermented with Brett and soured with Pediococcus and Lactobacillus.


sour brett ale 2017


After enjoying the success of our first forays into sour beer (especially the 2016 release of Wild Red Ale), the team were hankering for some more “play time”. However, the cold winter has slowed the development of future vintages of WRA which are ticking-over in our barrel room. To satisfy the itch, we’ve delved into the world of primary Brettanomyces fermentation, designing a sour ale fermented in stainless and using two different Brettanomyces strains. To aid the complexity of this funky and tart creation, prior to the Brett fermentation we introduced a kettle souring regime involving both Lactobacillus and Pediococcus bacteria.


Tasting Notes
This is a purely yeast driven beer with no late kettle or dry hopping. The simple malt bill has created a hazy, pale orang beer that is redolent of lazy, late-summer afternoons. The aroma displays classic Brett funk with a zesty acidity balancedby sweet summer fruits –think peaches, apricots and mango with a hint of forest fruits – that border on confectionary in their intensity. The palate is unmistakeably Brett with touches of rustic funk underneath a bracing lactic acidity. The sweet fruits are in play too, the whole being reminiscent of childhood sour candies, lemon sherbet and green gooseberries. The finish is lipsmackingly dry.


Mixed Culture Brettanomyces
fermented Sour blonde ale

sour brett specs


Norton Lager 27 Jul
Published in Latest-News

We're launching a beer that pays homage to the Holgate family and Paul's dad whose biking exploits of 1950's England and spirit of risk taking, live on in this Helles style house beer.


This awesome photo of Paul’s parents riding their Norton, taken in England 1952, has become the inspiration for a new beer: the Norton Lager. It’ll be an Australian dry-hopped Lager, brewed to be enjoyed by all, on tap from 4th September and ridin’ out in bottles soon after.


Norton Large Image

NORTON STOCKISTS (updated 24, August 2015):




Foresters Hall
Terminus Hotel
Royston Hotel
Stone Hotel
Penny Black
Magic Mountain
Young & Jackson's
The Metro - Bendigo
Rupert On Rupert
Valley Cellardoor Sunbury
Valley Cellardoor Moonee Ponds
Mount Macedon Pub
Golden Square
Railway Castlemaine
NL Easey's
Hop Temple - Ballarat
The Palace - Sth Melb
Belgian Beer Cafe Eureka
Club Kilsyth - Kilsyth
Mrs Parmas
Brother Burger - Fitzroy
Brother Burger- South Yarra
Royal George - Kyneton
Moto bean
Kustom Kommune
Holgate Brewhouse



Hive Bar
The Forest Lodge Hotel
Hotel Sweenys
The Royal Albert
The Australian Herritage
The Henson
The Empire Hotel Annandale
The Annandale hotel




Orient Hotel
The Crafty Bull
Statler and Waldorf
Mr Jones & Me
Manhattan line
Blackwater trading
Pigs & Pints
Shaftson htl
Lester and earl
Scratch bar
Statler and Waldorf
The Post Office
The Stables
Malt Dining
Wooly Mamonth
Heya Bar
pa hHotel Ipswich
Hop Scotch and Beans




New Sydney
Winston Alehouse
Jack Greens
Saint Johns




Sail and Anchor



"Cheers Dad!"  Paul Holgate - Founder

We make it ourselves, microbrewed from authentic, natural ingredients. Uncompromising craft beer, bold and brimming with character.

book accommodation


English Chinese (Simplified) Dutch French German Japanese Spanish Swedish

Get in touch

Holgate Brewhouse
79 High Street, Woodend
Victoria, Australia

Hotel, Restaurant & Accommodation
613 54272510

613 54273522

Wholesale & Beer Orders here

Hours of operation:

12:00 Noon till late 7 days

Lunch and Dinner 7 days with all-day meals Sat., Sun. & public holidays

This is one e-Newsletter you're gonna want to get! But we can't send it to you if you're not reachable. Go on, do it - you know you want to!