Robe stays in TV spotlight

Old school brew: Presenter Briony Hume the old-style brewery was absolutely fascinating.
Old school brew: Presenter Briony Hume the old-style brewery was absolutely fascinating.

Robe will be featuring on our silver screens this Sunday May 29 - SA Life Television paid Robe a visit, stopping specifically at the Robe Town Brewery.

Presenter Briony Hume said while the show visits many breweries and wineries, she said the old-style brewery was absolutely fascinating.

“It was fantastic - we didn’t really know what we would find when we got there,” she said, saying they didn’t really plan for anything in particular.

“It was such an amazing learning experience… To see all the research that Maris has done in ancient brewing techniques,”

“It was absolutely fascinating to see the straw as a filtering process, and the fire.”

Briony said that the Latvian couple, Maris and Kristi Biezaite, were extremely interesting with their philosophy and old-fashioned techniques.

“A couple of people dropped in while we were there and had a bit of a taste and their reactions were really interesting too.. “

“Everyone was surprised at how much flavour can come out of such a little shed!” She laughed.

She said she was fascinated with Maris’s use of plants to flavour his beer, especially utilising certain plants that are otherwise considered a pest.

“The other thing that Maris was doing was using local things like horehound,  which was growing as a pest, using local plants that are considered a weed by most farmers but he incorporates into the flavours,” she said, which is in keeping with Maris’s ethos of sustainability.

“We see a lot of breweries … but I’ve never seen anyone making beer like how Maris makes it!”

Briony said the program aimed to get out to the Limestone Coast a couple of times a year, and that this trip was mainly focussed on Robe’s emerging foodie scene.

“We see a lot of breweries … but I’ve never seen anyone making beer like how Maris makes it!”

“You can now stay in the centre of Robe and chuck away the car keys cause everything you need is in the main street!” She said of the flourishing food scene.

​”We love getting out and about and meeting people doing interesting things in SA,” she said, saying that you no longer need to go to the cities to find creativity in food and wine

The program will be aired this Sunday May 29 SALIFE on Seven at 5.30pm.