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Explore Like A Local


Where the locals go and what the locals know

This page contains little known things to do around the wine country area that the locals know about and you might want to discover.  It is intended to help find the things that you are most interested in and get the most out of your visit. These things happen on a daily or weekly basis and may require booking ahead.  Each section is organised by locality (Pokolbin, Hermitage, Lovedale, Nulkaba, Mount View, Broke, Wollombi) to help find what is closest to you.

Any monthly, annual or larger events are  published on our facebook page, Handmade in the Hunter Markets, every Monday morning at 6am.

Beer Tastings

The Cellar Door (POKOLBIN)

  • See the Tunnel of Beer
  • $2/person for tastings
  • facebook

Hope Estate (POKOLBIN)

  • 7 days 10am-5pm
  • Paddle of 4 beers $12
  • website

Ironbark Hill Brewery @ Peter Drayton Wines (HERMITAGE) 

  • Free Beer Tastings
  • Mon thru Sat 10am-5pm
  • Sun 11am-6pm
  • Paddle of 4 beers $12
  • website

Matilda Bay Brewhouse (HERMITAGE)

  • Beer Tastings
  • Paddle of 6 beers for $15. Return the paddle and get a free middie of your choice
  • 10am – 10pm
  • Happy Hour – every hour a different beer is featured
  • website

The Lovedale Brewery downstairs at The Crowne Plaza (LOVEDALE)

  • Beer tastings
  • Paddle of 4 beers $9
  • 11am-9:30pm
  • facebook

Hunter Beer Company @ Potters Brewery (NULKABA)

  • Tours & Tastings
  • Tours Monday thru Friday 4pm
  • Tours Saturday & Sunday 12pm and 4pm
  • $10/person includes tastings
  • website