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Meet Our 2017 Forefather - Blair Hayden

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Blair has contributed 31 years to the independent beer revolution.

Blair has contributed 31 years to the independent beer revolution.


There are pioneers among us who have paved the way towards today’s burgeoning beer industry…This annual limited release is a tribute to these Forefathers.

This year’s Forefather is Blair Hayden, a publican and patriarch of one of the oldest pubs in Sydney. Refusing to bow to what beers should line the taps, he built a brewery so he could pour his own. 31 years later, Blair’s contributed to the independent beer revolution.

We had the pleasure of meeting the passionate and animated Blair Hayden when he was in town to brew this year’s Forefathers release alongside our co-founder Brad and our brewers Sam and Caolan.

Using the finest English Maris Otter malt, Blair and the boys brewed an English Pale Ale. With hints of citrus zest from the addition of bergamot tea, the spicy and floral hop aroma is balanced with a medium bitterness.

Get to know this lovable legend, watch our latest Forefathers video featured above.

Check out our venue listing below for where to find this year’s Forefathers beer, it will be hitting shelves and pouring through taps at select bottle shops and pubs across the country from this week.  Alternatively, you’ll be able to purchase through our online store.


Share a beer with the year’s Forefather at his brewery and pub, The Lord Nelson. This Thursday 24 August,  join him and some of our crew from 6pm to share a few and talk all things beer…


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New South Wales Stockists

Locally – Northern Rivers

Going on tap

The Rails Welders Dog – Armidale Bangalow Hotel
Great Northern Three Blue Ducks – The Farm Salt Bar
Nimbin Hotel Ocean Shores Tavern


Cellar Plaza Cellar Lawson St Cellar Bangalow
Cellar Ballina Mary G’s BYO Cellars Coffs
Lennox Hotel Bottle shop Yamba Liquor Supplies Minnie Waters GS
Station Hotel Welders Dog Beach Hotel
Crabbes Creek Federal General Store Ocean Shores Tavern
Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah Cellars Taphouse Cellars Kingscliff
Cabarita Beach Hotel Cellarbrations Pottsville Bottlemart Pottsville
Fresh Café Great Northern Sun Bistro
Salt Bar

Sydney & Surrounds

Going on tap

Burwood Inn Grain Store The Commodore
The Longueville Hotel The Beach Club Collaroy Arts Bar
Public House Petersham Quarrymans Hotel Newtown Hotel
The Union The Henson The Bank
KB Hotel Trinity Bar Local Taphouse


Mona Vale Hotel Dee Why Hotel/Bayfields Bottleshop Cromer Cellars
North Curl Curl Cellars Beer Cartel Porters Balgowlah
Cutty Cellars Carrington Cellars Camperdown Cellars Neutral Bay
Leura Cellars Wenty North Cellars The Commodore
Bondi Beach Cellars Coogee Bay Hotel Kemenys Bondi
Mascot Liquor Supply Camperdown Cellars Darlinghurst Porters Pyrmont
Bar Cleveland Oak Barrel Liquor on Oxford
The Union The Henson Camperdown Cellars Parramatta Road
Camperdown Cellars Kingston Road Camperdown Cellars Leichhardt David’s Cellars
Glebe Cellars Unity Hall Hotel Newtown Wine Shop
Liquor Emporium St Peters CC Neutral Bay

ACT & Surrounds

Going on tap

Durham Castle Arms


Liquor Legends –Hawker Drive-Thru Local Liquor – IGA O’Connor Page Bottler
Plonk Belconnen Plonk Fhyswick


Brisbane & Surrounds

Going on tap

Alliance Hotel Archive Beer Boutique Elephant Arms
Embassy Hotel Grand Central Hotel Norman Hotel
Pineapple Hotel Port Office Hotel Scratch
Story Bridge Hotel Transcontinental Triffid
Ze Pickle Fortitude Valley PA Hotel Fitzy’s
Grand View Hotel Oxford Taphouse International Hotel
Brew Malt Traders Barbara
Bittersuite John Mills Himself Brewski
Crow N Arrow


Archive – Next Door Cellars Camp hill Cellars – Alliance Hotel Cellarbrations – Parklands
Cellarbrations – Story Bridge Hotel Cellars Cellarbrations – Stradbroke Island Beach Hotel Cellarbrations – Wises Rd
Craft Winestore Elephant Arms Grand Central Cellars
Harry Brown Eatons Hill Hendra Hop & Vine Pineapple Cellars – Holland Park
Riverbar Wine & Beer Hamilton Wine & Beer Teneriffe
Wine & Beer West End Shafston Hotel Hotel Monier
Hotel West End – Star Liquor Montague Hotel Greenslopes Cellars
Hawthorne Cellars Woolloongabba Hotel The Vine Liquor Mart
Strand Hotel Ipswich Malt Traders South Bank Harry Browns- PA Hotel
Wild Canary Spiros Black Sheep Bottleshops
Urban Cellars Group Wine Emporium James Street Cellars
Bowen Hills Stafford Cellars Bar Alto
Cardigan Bar Sabotage Margate
4019 Brackenridge Tavern Mitchelton
Wavell Heights Malt Traders International Hotel
Grange Cru Bar Sixes and Sevens

Sunshine Coast

Going on tap

Peregian Beach Hotel Taps Mooloolaba Corbin’s Kitchen
One Up Bar & Bistro The Pocket Espresso The Basement


Sofitel Noosa Village Bicycle Peregian Beach Hotel
XO Cellars Noosa Fair XO Cellars Sunshine Beach Yandina Hotel
Salty Dog Cellars Purple Palate Maleny Surfair Beach Hotel

Gold Coast

Going on tap

Bine Cambus Wallace Harry’s Steak Bistro
Lester and Earl Backbone Bar ZePickle – Burleigh
Eddies Grub House


Advancetown Bottleshop Aloha Bar & Dining Peregian Beach Hotel
Ferry Road Wine + Beer Isle of Capri Wine + Beer Not Tonight
Pacific Fair Wine + Beer Railway Hotel Tree Tops Tavern
Walrus Bottleshop Social Eating House Coolangatta Hotel
Currumbin Creek Tavern Kirra Beach Hotel Tugun Cellars
The Bayboozatorium Palm Beach Cellars Tweed Height Cellars

Victoria & Surrounds

Going on tap

Gilbert Street Hotel Benjamin on Franklin Mile End Hotel
Crafers Hotel Uraidla Hotel Big Pig Little Pig – Moorabbin
The Royston Mr. Pauls Mornington Great Northern
Foresters Terminus CH Valley Cellar Door Moonee Ponds
Bluebonnett BBQ Beer Deluxe Albury


Decanters By The Bay Parkhill Cellars Press Cellars
Grosvenor Hotel Grape and Grain A Point Of Difference
Highgate Cellars 161 Cellars Glen Iris Bottlehouse
Mayerling Cellars Pauls IGA Ringwood North Elwood Cellarbrations
McCoppins Abbotsford Valley Cellar Door Moonee Ponds Newport Cellars
Randals – Geelong Corkscrew Cellars Strathmore Cellars
Wine Republic Fitzroy Wine Republic Winsdor Wine Republic Northcote
Nillumbik Cellars Hop Supply Co. Cellarbrations Gisbourne


Going on tap

Preachers The New Sydney The Brunswick
Saint Johns


Cool Wine Gas Works 9/11 St Ives 9/11
The Abbey Shoreline Crown Cellars Launceston
Saint Johns

South Australia

Going on tap

Gilbert Street Hotel Benjamin on Franklin Mile End Hotel
Crafers Hotel Uraidla Hotel Stirling Hotel


Option Wines

Western Australia



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