Stone & Wood Brewery
Proud sponsors of the Meet & Greet Evening
Three mates chose to set up in Byron Bay in 2008, inspired by the idea of creating a village brewery and with the vision of building a conscious business. Traditionally, everyone in the community had a role to play - the butcher, the baker and the local brewer… A brewery didn't just supply fresh beer to the locals, it was the meeting place and it could also be relied upon to support the wider community. We feel this is a part of our responsibility to support the people who support us.
Much like Australia's independent (or what some call the 'craft') beer industry, the company has grown a bit but the vision the boys had when they first sat around the kitchen table dreaming up the original Pacific Ale hasn't changed. Neither has remaining independent. The ability to freely pursue our vision without it being muddied by another's agenda's important to us.
We are still a pretty small fish in a fairly large pond… We make up less than 1% of the Aussie beer market.
Our brewery in Byron Bay is our spiritual home and the birthplace of Stone & Wood. You can drop in for a tour, try our beers in the tasting room and it's where we produce some of our limited releases and our untried, experimental Pilot Batch releases.
In 2014, we opened our second brewery up the road in Murwillumbah to try and meet the growing demand for our beer. It was important to us to remain in the Northern Rivers and invest in our community, rather than outsource our growth.
The difference between us and the big breweries is that we're not owned by a multinational corporation. When you buy our beer, you know what you're getting, you know who the people are behind it, and you know what they stand for. We proudly handcraft our beer using only four ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast (the way it should be!). We don't cut corners to get the beer out quicker and it does not leave the brewery gates if it isn't up to our high quality standards. The difference between us and them is that we do it for the love of it! We're not trying to be the biggest or the best, we're trying to be good.