Geelong Advertiser - Dec 5 2014

Flying Brick's new Wallington home open for inspection

LYNDSAY Sharp is “delirious with excitement” with the door to her new venture, the Flying Brick Cider House, opening to the public on Friday morning.

On site will also be an accredited tourist information centre.

“It’s a dream becoming a reality,” the ebullient Ms Sharp enthuses.

The retro-inspired building on the Bellarine Highway in Wallington, next to Adventure Park, will serve traditionally crafted cider, made from 100 per cent fresh fruit, she says.

There will also be food on offer, a selection of fine Bellarine Peninsula wines, beer and live music on Friday nights.

Flying Brick, named after Ms Sharp’s favourite bird the Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, has grown in popularity to now rank as one of Australia’s favourite boutique ciders.

“It’s surprised us how popular it’s become and it’s very gratifying that we’ve had to put in extra tanks (to make it). We thought it was definitely deserving of its own home,” Ms Sharp said.

The design of the landmark building reflected the Flying Brick brand by using the colours of a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, which was sometimes affectionately referred to as a “flying brick”, she said.

Inside the building, the imposing wood-clad ceiling was a nod to the cockatoo’s intricate wing structure, she said.

Centrum Architects and Queenscliff-based builder David McDonald Builders had done an outstanding job of turning her dream into a reality, delivering ingenuity and high-quality workmanship, Ms Sharp said.

Ms Sharp and her husband David Sharp also run Bellarine Peninsula wineries Leura Park Estate and Jack Rabbit Vineyard.

They will entrust management of the Flying Brick Cider House to Ross Ebbels, who is well known on the Bellarine Peninsula for his expertise in food, wine and hospitality.

In charge of the kitchen will be Dwayne Bourke whose career has included work in hatted restaurants such as Sunnybrae, Pettavel, The Mansion at Werribee, The Argo and Denny’s Kitchen.

The Flying Brick is located at 1215 Bellarine Highway.

It will open seven days a week for lunch and tastings from Friday, December 5.

Dinner will also be on offer on Friday and Saturday nights, with roots music (combining rock, soul, rhythm and blues) adding to the Friday night fun.



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