One Bushranger, Four Beers and Lots of Dust

Kevtoberfest #4 Uralla

Our first visit to Uralla, in 2009, coincided with a giant dust storm which blanketed more than 500,000 square kilometres of eastern Australia in a thick brown haze. Blown across from the inland deserts of New South Wales and South Australia, the cloud of dust spread until it measured 3,450 kilometres in length.

We were following the exploits of the notorious bushranger Fred Ward aka Captain Thunderbolt. He roamed the district in the 1860s, holding up travellers and robbing homesteads, hotels and inns until, in 1870, he was shot and killed by a local policeman.

South of Uralla on the New England Highway is a large cluster of granite boulders known as Thunderbolt’s Rock. From this vantage point he would ambush passing stagecoaches, although if the dust storm had happened in his time he wouldn’t have seen them coming.

In the spirit of Kevtoberfest, the theme of our second, dust-free visit to Uralla was beer, not bushrangers. The New England Brewing Company, located in a converted woolstore on the main street, has been brewing preservative free, unfiltered beers since 2013.

The first time we stopped in Uralla a cold wind was blowing, and this time it wasn’t much warmer. Inside the brewery, the glowing fire in the fireplace was a welcome sight. On Glen’s tasting paddle were the four main brews of the New England brand.

His verdict – a tasty selection, ranging from light and refreshing to smooth and dark. One bottle of each was added to the Kevtoberfest stash, a more pleasant souvenir of Uralla than the film of dust we acquired last time.

Road Trip Tally: Breweries 2/Craft shops 1

Read more about the Eastern Australian dust storm of 2009 here

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32 thoughts on “One Bushranger, Four Beers and Lots of Dust

  1. What a weird colour the dust storm gives! I think i’d go for the second beer from the left, it looks most like the kind I like. Wouldn’t turn down the chance to taste them all, of course.

    • I’m not that keen on beer so I don’t always taste them. The dust storm gave such an eerie effect with the light shining through. That’s the colour of the outback, only it’s even more red than that. We drove through it almost all day and only came out the other side in the late afternoon.

  2. What a contrast in the colours of those beer samples. Which did Glen prefer?
    I don’t miss the dust storms we got when we lived in Adelaide. That dust could get in anywhere!

  3. I never have experienced a dust storm before! Weird, no? That Mr. Thunderbolt sounds like a man on a mission! That beer brewery is something for me! Cool photos too!

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