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The Flying Horse Bar & Brewery
Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 21
Beer Avg: 3.44
Taps: 5 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$ - inexpensive
[ Brewery, Bar ]
10691-10695 Princes Highway
phone: (03) 55 622 254
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Visited this modest little place on a recent road trip through Victoria and South Australia. Oddly located, it stands out like a beer oasis after driving through pretty sparse highways, and quite frankly every highway petrol station should have a bar & brewery adjacent to it.
Walking in it's a nice kind of place with a good flying horse themed décor for the most part of the entryway, but apart from that it's a very stock-standard Aussie pub. TVs, TAB, gaming and bistro kind of areas, and some good tables.
I like how much space there is to sit down, but I suspect this largely has to do with a fairly small patronage that prevents overcrowding.
Service is friendly with a country twang, and while I'd love to mark them up because they chatted to me for a long time about my beer reviewing and the brewer offered me a taste of the pale ale straight from the tank, I have to be objective and say that, well, look, it's friendly and they were pretty attentive. I did, however, notice a couple of moments where in spite of being three staff on, nobody was at the bar. But this was for short periods and I can't be picky. It would be a greater test if they were busier at the time.
They offer a selection of four brewed-on-premise beers, two of which are great (The Dirty Angel and the Wollaston Wheaty) and two of which are mediocre (the Whale Ale and the Ranga). From what I could see they don't have much of a line of seasonal brews, but I didn't ask, and since it doesn't look or seem like they get a lot of adventurous beer drinkers coming in I don't know how much value they'd get out of doing them.
While I enjoyed the beers overall, they did have a ring of familiarity to them, with nothing particularly extreme or inventive about them. Is this a bad thing? Of course not. It's a great spot to stop off and try some slightly different variants on familiar themes. Let's face it, if you've reached Warrnambool you'll be in need of a beer, and the four offered here are all pretty decent.
I didn't get a chance to try the food because the road trip for the day was only half over as far as distance goes but time was beating us, but the selection looked like decent, but standard pub fare.
Overall a good stop-off, with some competent and tasty brews on offer.
12-01-2009 01:54:05 |
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