The first segment of the series I head to 6 Breweries here in Sydney to meet with Owners & Head Brewers to find out about their story on how they started out, the challenges they faced, mistakes made and lessons learnt. This segment is a great foundational grounding for those new to the commercial brewing industry and to get a grasp of the overall project at hand of opening a brewery.


PART 1 - PAT MCINERNEY FROM WILLIE THE BOATMAN

The first part of series is titled Meet The Brewer, where I will be meeting with Co-Founders and Head Brewers from 6 Sydney breweries, to get their stories, insights and advice.

For the very first podcast episode I had the pleasure of being able to sit down with an absolute character of the Craft Beer scene, Pat McInerney one of the Co-Founders of Willie the Boatman out in St Peters.

It was great to listen to Pat share his and other Co-founder Nick Newey’s story on how they started out and where the inspiration of the name Willie the Boatman came from. Pat offers some great advice around engaging with your local council, the challenges they faced when opening up, and what he would do differently when starting out again.


PART 2 - PETER PHILLIP FROM WAYWARD BREWING

In this episode I am out at in Sydney’s Inner West again meeting with founder of Wayward Brewing Peter Phillip. Pete is a well known figure within the brewing community especially in Sydney’s Inner West. He formed the Inner West Brewers Association back in 2017 in a push to make Inner West Sydney the Beer Capital of Australia, as well as being Chairman of the Independent Brewers Association.

You can tell by the interview that Pete really knows his stuff, and there were so many gems of information and advice to take in that he provided in our chat.


PART 3 - SIMON OSBORN & ADY FITTER FROM ROCKS BREWING

In this episode I sit down with Managing Director Simon Osborn and Head Brewer Ady Fitter from Rocks Brewing Company out in Alexandria.

This was such a great and informative chat with both of these blokes, who have years and years of collective experience in the brewing industry. After starting out bouncing around gypsy and contract brewing enabling them to build a solid brand, they eventually invested in stainless steel which gave birth to the Rocks Brewing Co in 2013.Both guests clearly know their stuff, dropping gems of information left right and centre on what not to do when starting out and commonly overlooked aspects of when planning your brewery. We also heavily dive into the world of gypsy and contract brewing, which is another great model to consider when starting out.

Get your note pad ready and have a quick finger on the pause and rewind button as there is too much info in this episode to digest in one sitting.

 


PART 4 - DAN SHAW FROM THE AUSTRALIAN BREWERY

In this episode, I sit down with Head Brewer Dan Shaw from the Australian Brewery out in Rouse Hill, Sydney’s North West. Dan joined the Australian back in 2017, learning and succeeding from well-known figure in the industry Neal Cameron who was involved in the initial set up and commissioning of the brewery.

Dan’s roots to the brewing industry came from working in the retail and hospitality industry, working for the Colossimo family running their busy Hillside pub, and also working in management roles within Dan Murphy’s. The Australian Brewery has been brewing in Sydney’s Hills district since 2010. With champion trophies and over 15 gold medals won since 2016 AB.

We dive into once again the intricacies of gypsy and contract brewing, as well as equipment sourcing and tips and hints on developing a core beer range for new breweries.

Building a solid brand and loyal following they took the opportunity to purchase Young Henry’s brewhouse equipment a couple years later, holding it in storage for sometime until they finally left the Young Henrys nest and finding their own physical premises and setting down roots in the Marrickville area.

Glenn has a lot of advice to give on equipment sourcing, gypsy brewing, as well as thoughts on a topic that hasn’t been spoken a lot about so far, and that is the importance of safety within a brewery and considerations for aspiring brewery owners around meeting Australian standards with their equipment and ensuring a safe workplace for your employees and customers.


PART 5- GLENN WIGNALL FROM THE GRIFTER

In today’s episode, I sit down with Co-Founder Glenn Wignall from The Grifter Brewing Co in Marrickville.

Glenn & co-founders Matt King & Trent Evans began their journey into the craft brewery scene by bouncing around the Inner West doing Gypsy brewing, fine tuning their recipes and finding a temporary haven with their own tank space at the Young Henry’s brewery in Newtown when they were just launching back in 2012. Building a solid brand and loyal following they took the opportunity to purchase Young Henry’s brewhouse equipment a couple years later, holding it in storage for sometime until they finally left the Young Henrys nest and finding their own physical premises and setting down roots in the Marrickville area.

Glenn has a lot of advice to give on equipment sourcing, gypsy brewing, as well as thoughts on a topic that hasn’t been spoken a lot about so far, and that is the importance of safety within a brewery and considerations for aspiring brewery owners around meeting Australian standards with their equipment and ensuring a safe workplace for your employees and customers.


PART 6 - JAMES HARVES FROM YULLIS BREWS

The final instalment of the Meet The Brewer Series. I head out to Alexandria to meet with Co-Founder James Harvey, AKA Harvs from Yullis Brews.

Originating back in 2014 out of a vegetarian restaurant in Surry Hills, Harvs and Co-Founder Karl Cooney immersed themselves into the commercial brewing industry by gypsy brewing all over Sydney and creating a cult following for their beers. The success of their gyspy brewing days allowed them to springboard themselves into their own physical brewery in Alexandria.

Harvs shares a great story of hard work and long hours, keeping it simple, organic growth, as well as thoughts around core ranges and some great industry insights.