On the road with Furphy | Geelong professional photographer

Australian's (we're told) love a beer. And sport. So it's not a bad coincidence for our sport and beer loving patriots that the XXXI Games commence in Brazil this weekend. 

Better still, before Rio's carnival of gold, Friday 5 August is proclaimed (by people who proclaim such things) International Beer Day. In honour of those who enjoy a drink, here's a look back at an editorial shoot, tracking the makings of Little Creatures' Furphy Ale.

So it turns out to the mildly (alcohol) uneducated Geelong professional photographer that beer does not come from the tap. I hitched a ride with Little Creatures to the foothills of the high country in north-eastern Victoria, to Hops Products Australia Rostrevor Gardens. 

Rostrevor Gardens is among the world’s oldest, continuously operated hops farms – producing the botanical flavour additive for more than 150 years.

The shoot took me back to Geelong, where Barrett Burston Malting convert grains to malted liquids, later added to the hops throughout the all-important brewing process.

To those who produce and market beer, its origins are important to its flavours and story. To others, the many who order pints with friends watching sport, its very existence takes precedence. 

Happy International Beer Day. Read responsibly.