Funky, fabulous and fun - Flying Brick Cider House opens

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Flying Brick Cider co

Flying Brick Cider co

Flying Brick Cider co
Flying Brick Cider co - on tap
Flying Brick Cider co
Flying Brick Cider co - draught

 

Flying Brick Cider has outgrown its small cidery in Leura Park Estate and moves into its own home in a retro-inspired landmark venue, opening on 5th December 2014.

Think Flying Brick Cider House and think innovate space, a tasting paddle of ciders, amazing food without the ‘fancy’, the best Bellarine wines around, a solid selection of beer, Friday night live music which traces the roots of rock, soul, rhythm and blues and you’ll get an inkling of what to expect – fabulous, funky, fun.

The Flying Brick story is a good one. The brain child of David and Lyndsay Sharp of Bellarine wineries Leura Park Estate and Jack Rabbit Vineyard, three years ago this quirky new brand was launched onto the local market. 

Crafted onsite at Leura Park Estate by winemaker Nyall Condon, the name came from the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo whose local nick name is ‘Flying Brick’.  Known for their spunk, these birds are loved by most for their happy, playful and seemingly ‘naughty’ appearance and disposition.  Local legend also has it that if a flock of black cockatoos flies overhead, you are blessed with good luck.

The overriding mantra for cider development was that it be made from 100% fresh fruit, be traditionally crafted and - unlike the majority of mainstream ciders on the Australian market which are nothing more than synthetic carbonated water - contain no sugars, colours, flavourings or concentrates.

Today, Flying Brick Cider is one of the fastest growing boutique ciders in Australia with distribution moving across Victoria, Queensland and South Australia.  The Sharps have taken a leap of faithin the brand with the design and construction of the Flying Brick Cider House, located on the Bellarine Highway, Wallington.

“The response and uptake of the cider has been incredibly gratifying and exciting.  Flying Brick deserves its own home and we are delighted that now it has one,”said Lyndsay.

The building design is true to brand, reflecting the Flying Brick bird itself with the exterior façade echoing the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo colours and wing span.  Inside, the imposing wood clad ceiling mirrors a commanding yet highly intricate wing structure.

Design and construction of the building is attributed to Centrum architects, builder David McDonald and in house Project Manager, Kevin Mullins with all three being described by Lyndsay as “totally awesome.”

The Flying Brick Cider House also incorporates an accredited Visitor Information Centre (9am – 5pm, 7 days), a hub for tourists and locals alike to be informed about the many attractions and activities on The Bellarine.  

A talented team has been secured to spearhead the Flying Brick Cider House operation.  Cider House General Manager, Ross Ebbels, is a stellar hospitality and wine industry professional and Executive Chef, Dwayne Bourke is also a highly acclaimed culinary personality whose career has included hatted restaurants such as Sunnybrae, Pettavel, The Mansion at Werribee, The Argo and the ever popular Denny’s Kitchen in Geelong. 

Under Dwayne’s direction, the Flying Brick Cider House will be serving up a contemporary and distinctively different menu designed to inspire, share and indulge.  Local produce and community group partnership are both key features.  One particular partnership of noteis that which has been established with community group, Encompass, whose innovative farm enterprise in Leopold will work with Flying Brick to provide the venue with a planned, seasonal range of micro herbs, vegetables and eggs.

Patrons definitely won’t go thirsty or be addled about beverage choice at Flying Brick.In addition to the ciders, a variety of popular beers will be on offer as will an extensive wine list showcasing of more than 20 wines all grown and crafted on The Bellarine.  Free trade coffee completes the beverage scenario.

In addition to the three classic and highly awarded Flying Brick Cider offerings – Original, Pear and Draught - the onsite cidery will be crafting boutique seasonal batches from fresh, seasonal fruit.   First cab off the rank is a pure Pink Lady batch which displays delicious pink grapefruit palate nuances alongside a fresh, crisp apple backbone.

“There will always be a new small batch cider on the go at the Cider House which will keeps things fun and interesting for cider lovers,” said Ross.

“We have also developed hip 1.89 litre Growler bottles which patrons can purchase, take home and enjoy and then return for a discounted replacement Growler of any on tap cider, including the latest boutique batch on the pour,” he said. 

Another draw card for the new Flying Brick Cider Co venue is the fact that it’s also home to a new winery, Yes said the Seal.  Launched in December 2014, Yes said the Seal comprises a suite of refined, limited release cool maritime climate wines unavailable anywhere else in Australia. 

Crafted by leading Bellarine winemaker, Darren Burke, the mantra for this new range was to create wines from local Bellarine fruit (including the vines onsite at Flying Brick Cider Co) that are graceful and complex yet inherently cutting edge.The new range includes a reserve Sparkling Blanc de Blanc 2009, a Sancerre, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. 

 

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  • Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)
  • Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula (VIC)

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