Brad Rogers from Stone and Wood Brewery with the new lager, now available in bottles.
Brad Rogers from Stone and Wood Brewery with the new lager, now available in bottles.

Byron Bay craft brewery now bottling its beer

In November last year and after months of research, the first kegs rolled out of the new Stone and Wood Brewery at Byron Bay.

Eight months later the brewery is now producing and selling its beer in bottles which it hopes will be marketed not only in the local area, but throughout Australia.

The craft brewery, located in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate was established by Brad Rogers, Ross Jurlisich and Jamie Cook.

The company’s first brew, a craft draught ale, has according to Brad been very well supported by locals.

“We have our beer in hotels throughout Byron Bay, Bangalow and Nimbin,” he said.

“It’s been so well received that we decided to brew a pale lager and have it available in bottles.”

Mr Rogers said the new lager had a delicate flavour and was driven by the malted barley and wheat that the brewery sourced from all over Australia and Germany.

He said the lager was similar to the German ‘helles’ style of beer.

“But we have tinkered with the beer, it’s quite a complex process,” Mr Rogers said. “And we are really happy with the result.”

The brewery features specialist brewing equipment from Canada and includes 11 stainless steel vessels, the heaviest of which weighed 1200kg.

To keep up with the growing demand for the beer, two new fermenters have been ordered from Canada and should be installed this week.

 “We are not a huge brewery making 20 different types of beer,” Mr Rogers said.

“We want to keep things simple and concentrate on producing quality beer for the local community.”

All three men are very hands-on when it comes to the brewing and they have been involved in the beer industry for a combined 50 years.

Stone and Wood Brewery is open for tours.

If you would like to see how the brewery works just visit the website at www.stoneandwood.com.au for directions.

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