Bronze a big bonus for Brewery

Michael Cichocki, Simon Rossato and Brad Dwyer of Tumut River Brewing Co with the bronze award from the NSW Tourism Awards in Sydney.

Tumut River Brewing Co staff are delighted with winning a bronze award at the NSW Tourism Awards in Sydney on Thursday.

The Brewery was nominated in illustrious company in the Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category, and took out the bronze behind Cupitt’s Winery at Ulladulla (gold) and Heifer Station Wines near Orange (silver). Urban Winery in Sydney was behind them in fourth.

“We were petty amazed we got it considering the calibre of the other nominees and how well established they are,” the Brewery’s Simon Rossato said.

“We were hoping for success but relative to the other people in the category we haven’t been around very long. Cupitt’s Winery are hall of famers who have won gold three years in a row.”

The Brewery has been open since 2013, but has only being operating in its current form since Easter this year.

“2018 has been massive for us but there are still things we want to improve,” Mr Rossato said.

The awards, held at Luna Park and hosted by Kerrie-Anne Kennerley, were a great moment for the Brewery to be part of.

“It was a big occasion; the way they did it was very impressive,” Mr Rossato said.

Mr Rossato and co-manager Tim Martin thanked the 10 staff for all their hard work and the patrons for the support which made winning the award possible.

“We couldn’t have done it without you,” he said. Along with Elm Cottage and Nimbo Fork Lodge, the Brewery also featured in a recent episode of Sydney Weekender on Channel 7.

“I hope it didn’t look as staged as it felt,” Mr Rossato said. “The team were really good people though and it was a fantastic promotion for Tumut.”