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Home / Doug's Beer Republic  /   Review: Holgate Mt. Macedon Pale Ale

     
Holgate Mt Macedon Pale Ale 
Posted: 9 October 2015  Beer Republic 7.0 
Holgate Mt Macedon Pale Ale from Australia Holgate is not the kind of brewery whose beers you'd expect to find outside Australia. Anyone lusting for a genuine Australian pub abroad is the sort to prefer Fosters or Victoria Bitter over a craft brew.  Taste-wise, Mt Macedon Pale Ale holds its own against other quality pale ales.  Holgate calls it a real Australian Pale Ale because it's made using Australian grown Cascade, Ella, and Topaz hops and Australian Vienna malt.           
Avg price/liter: USD 8.07   ABV %: 4.5  Type: Pale Ale    
       


Holgate is not the kind of brewery whose beers you'd expect to find outside Australia.  It's a family-owned hotel (10 rooms at the Keatings Hotels), restaurant, and brewery located in Woodend, Victoria, 70 km or so northwest of Melbourne.       

There must be plenty of brewery-hotels scattered around Australia. I saw a few and even more stand-alone brewery pubs when I was traveling through Australia in 2006.  These are quaint places, so even if the beer isn't good, you still walk away with a pleasant experience.  Holgate has been around longer than most, brewing its beers since 1999.  Still, because small town local brewing isn't altogether an unusual avocation these days, I am surprised someone in Thailand took the time to import these particular brews and market them here, especially when the Australian pub scene is inconsequential next to the British and Irish scene.  And anyone lusting for a genuine Australian pub abroad is the sort to prefer Fosters or Victoria Bitter over a craft brew.           

In early 2006 in Melbourne, I did attend a Victorian Craft Beer festival in central Melbourne.  More than a dozen Victorian craft brewers were present and, for all I know, Holgate was there, too.  Who remembers when you're being handed dozens of different samples?  I remember walking away inebriated and very impressed with the quality.     

Holgate continues that impression with its Mt Macedon Pale Ale.     Taste-wise, it holds its own against other quality pale ales.  Holgate calls it a real Australian Pale Ale because it's made using Australian grown Cascade, Ella, and Topaz hops and Australian Vienna malt.    

Non-Australians and non-Australian residents have a great excuse to not try a Holgate Mt Macedon Pale Ale.  They won't be able to find it.   In Australia at a chain bottle shop, this beer can sell for less than a Coopers.   Anyone living in Australia has just had any excuses to try one yanked right out from under them.     

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