Spotlight on MOUNTAIN CULTURE
ABOUT MOUNTAIN CULTURE
Really good beer brewed in Katoomba, Blue Mountains
These guys make sure every tinnie is packed full of adventure! The Mountain Culture beers are fun, complex, and are really something craft beer lovers are getting excited about, with many small batches notoriously hard to get hold of!
Beer, but not just any beer
Mountain Culture hold themselves accountable to constantly push the limits to figure out how to brew better beer, every batch. They have built a reputation for lagers that are crisper than pre-dawn mountain air and full-flavoured beers with a seriously juicy citrusy kick! The nectar brewed here is guaranteed to leave the palette with a smooth mouthfeel and the punter wanting to explore more!
Our kind of hill people
The Mountain Culture brewpub casts a majestic profile in a heritage-listed building in the beautiful Blue Mountains town of Katoomba. Built in 1912, the site was originally used for the local paper, later allegedly as a “dancing saloon and home for lost or belated drunks” and then Civic Video store (before streaming was a thing). Until ultimately being transformed in 2017 by DJ and Harriet McCready. The transformation took 18 months and now stands as the first brewpub in town on Parkes Street.
The building is described as both an excellent example of “inter-war free-classical” architecture and a tangible representation of their dream to create a brewery that serves beer for the adventurous. McCready uses a 12 hec Premier stainless system, customised to enable decoction mashing. It’s seriously all about the beer, in a fun way.
Beer for the adventurous
We could go on about the architecture, the beauty of sitting at the brewhouse on the outside deck and taking in the mountain air and view into the hills of the Megalong Valley… but what you need to know is this – Mountain Culture brewery serves beer for the adventurous. There must be something in the water!
Mountain Culture strips the water back to an absolute base level of softness to make their super crisp, clean, and refreshing lager (a taproom fave). Whilst juicy pineapple and tropical fruits, fresh citrus, and coconutty goodness are derived from the selection of world hops for cult followings (with no 5G).
The highly tailored brewhouse enables the team to brew more complex body to their beers. Thse addition in town has been a massive hit with the locals and pre-Covid, only an hour away from the big smoke made it an ideal getaway for Sydney-siders. The area has endured bushfire recovery periods and lockdowns, so for now, the experience can be enjoyed in a tinnie at home where you’ll be guided on a tropical whimsy or discover new intoxicating blends of juicy hops.
Recently ranked as a top Aussie brewery on the app Untappd, ‘Be Kind Rewind’ named after the previous Civic Video’s message to customers returning rented videos, has also topped the national beer list.
Take your taste buds to the hills
Fast forward to today and Mountain Culture has come out of the haze as one of the best breweries in the country. Now, with a new production facility piloting first batches in Emu Plains this month, Mountain Culture is going from strength to strength to help keep up with demand.
Mountain Culture is now firmly on the radar of the international scene too, last year breaking into the top 10 new brewers of the year ratebeer awards. These awards often recognize breweries that go on to join the world’s elite craft brewers, and that enjoy continued great success. These folks from the hills just outside of Sydney were the only brewery in the southern hemisphere to do just that!
The Mountain Culture experience is not to be missed. Because let’s face it, life is short. We have no time for beers that don’t blow our hair back, and nor should you.
McCready has the ability to brew with the seasons and hops give this beer range more complex body for some very alluring Mountain Cuture beers. As the weather is getting warmer and the appetite for light, hoppy, juicy beers is at a premium. Then at the other end of the spectrum in winter it can even snow in the Blue Mountains which is better suited for a heavier stout by a fire.
So as we head into Spring and Summer, and especially for many of us who are stuck at home, this is the ticket to bring the tranquil crisp mountain air to you, our Mountain Culture beer hitlist is below!
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Mountain Culture x Yakima Chief x Cryer Malt Vibe Shift NEIPA
Mountain Culture x Hop Nation Ukulele Solo Decoction Maibock
Here’s our top Mountain Culture beers for Spring:
Mountain Culture Lager
This lager is also a taphouse fave. The full flavoured beer is a juicy citrusy ale, abounds with its lemony and pine notes. This lager goes down easy, like drinking in the crisp mountain air and is ideal for a session with mates!
Mountain Culture Cult Juice NEIPA
Mountain Culture uses their house dry yeast strain to create a beer with a cult following. Cutl Juice is exactly that. It’s juicy, full flavoured pineapple and tropical hints coming from the hops, balanced with a drier finish. An intoxicating blend of juicy hops with a soft body to savour.
Mountain Culture x 5G – Galaxy Oat Cream IPA
The result of brewing an Oat Cream IPA with five separate additions of fresh Galaxy hops, is juicy flavours of passionfruit, stone fruit…and no hint of 5G.
Mountain Culture Hill People Milk – Oat Cream IPA
The Mountain Culture New England Oat Cream IPA is indulgent. Sabro hops ensure this drop has lots of fresh citrus and coconutty goodness. The addition of lactose to the boil provides a velvety mouthfeel for that extra bit of luxury and smooth finish.