Kinda hard to believe, but it’s been 10 years since the first kegs rolled out of Stone & Wood’s brewery in Byron Bay, back in 2008.
For the Northern Rivers independent brewery, they feel that this milestone is a drop in the ocean.
“Compared to breweries in other parts of the world that have been around for hundreds of years, we’re 10 years young!” said co-owner Brad Rogers.
The brewery has taken an active part in Northern Rivers and Gold Coast life since opening its doors, raising money for Big Scrub Landcare, partnering in beach cleanup days, supporting local talent with epic festivals and just generally being all-round good peeps who like giving back to the community.
The beer’s not bad, either. Dark beer lovers will be particularly stoked to hear that in order to commemorate their ten year anniversary, the crew have come up with a special brew: SWX, a decadent, dark imperial stout which was aged in fortified wine barrels for 10 months.
And that’s not all. November marks the start of some exciting projects for the Stone & Wood team, the first one being cans, says head brewer, Caolan Vaughan.
“From when we first released the original Pacific Ale, our customers and our drinkers have begged us to put it in a can. Up until now, our focus has been on making enough of the stuff, so we’re pumped to be able to release a commemorative ‘10 years of Summer’ Pacific Ale can now!”
The limited release can will disappear before most people can get their hands around it (keep an eye on their social media to have a chance at finding it) but they plan on releasing it permanently in the New Year.
The cans will also be available at the Backyard Invitational Festival that’s being held at the location for their Brisbane brewery (scheduled to open mid next year), on 24 November, and event that will be all about good beer, food and raising cash for their inGrained Foundation.
With new Byron digs on the horizon before the year is out, 2018 is shaping to be one helluva fitting end to an exciting decade for these local brewers.
Nab tickets to the Backyard Invitational Festival at Eventbrite.