From Coldie to Compost: A Love Story


Welcome to Stone & Wood’s Regenerating Our Backyard Series, a look into the ways in which the coldie in your hand can help create a better future for the environment that supports us.  

As a business, we’ve aimed to tread lightly on the earth since Day One. We’ve taken measures to reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources and produce less waste, but how can we do better? By thinking outside the box and working with like-minded friends from the farming and brewing communities, we’re making new pathways into a greener future.

In this, our first episode from the series, we look at how our brewers and a network of local farmers work together to close the loop on waste and produce some of the richest soil in the Northern Rivers.

 Our brewers working with local farmers

As part of the brewing process, each tank of delicious Pacific Ale produced also creates a yeast waste byproduct. In 2015, rather than committing this product to traditional waste systems, Stone & Wood teamed up with local legends, Coastal Feeds, to take the nutrient-dense waste from all our beers to create a rich compost for organic farmers.  

Hamish Brace from Coastal Feeds said their core goal is to continually improve the quality of soil health for farmers and the yeast waste from Stone & Wood beer is a key ingredient towards achieving that.

“Because you’re brewing quality beer (no preservatives etc) you’re using good materials and that’s always in my favour to produce a good compost.”

Yeast waste byproduct from Stone&Wood Pacific Ale Beer

From the hands of Hamish and team at Coastal Feeds, this beer-boosted compost goes on to feed the rich fields of local organic farmers, like Rod Bruin of Summit Organics.

The rich compost delivery helps tackle what is a big concern for Rod and many sustainable farmers - the limited nutrient life of soil. Working with a finite resource, farmers like Rod believe that tying up nutrient loops, like replenishing the soil with our brewer’s waste, is a way we can give back to soil’s health and keep the nutrient cycle going.

“The Stone & Wood compost brew we get off Coastal Feeds it’s the highest nutrient compost of any of the composts available locally,’ said Rod.

The whole point of compost in sustainable farming is we’re not feeding the plants, we’re feeding the soil. And in the soil is the microorganisms and the fungi, they’ll feed the plants. They’ve got this whole gig going where they help each other out. Bit like what we’re trying to do.”

Farmer harvesting carrots

Both Rod and Hamish believe that small, local actions and solid human relationships are the best way forward to ensure a greener tomorrow.

Hamish from Coastal Feeds said, “We can minimise our impact on the world with a lot of small actions. It’s guided sometimes by bigger actions, but on the ground, it’s the activity of the people in the community and how they can work together to create solutions.”

Similarly, our farmer (and part-time philosopher) Rod said, “I think it’s essential in order for us to move forward on this planet, we have to become more local and build up human relationships, long-lasting human relationships. I think that’s where the future’s at.”

Farmer harvesting lettuce

To get a deeper understanding on how we’re trying to close the loop on waste and have a positive impact on the environment that surrounds us, head here to watch the first episode in the Regenerating Our Backyard Series.

More good news to come…

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From Coldie to Compost: A Love Story

We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Regenerating Our Backyard film series. Since day one, we’ve tried to balance brewing beer and taking care of the earth that supports us. In...

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Wild For Wilderness – Raising Money for Our National Parks

We are so proud to be supporting our mates over at Pony Rider and The National Project as we bring to life the inaugural Wild For Wilderness Van Life festival. The goal of Pony Rider’s #TheNationalProject is to raise funds to support a ‘Land Buy Back’ scheme, where areas of land are bought to protect, regenerate, grow and create new Aussie National Parks.

Based in the Glenworth Valley and spread over two days, the Van Life event features adventure films and IRL adventures by day and live music under the stars by night. For the keen ones, there’s kayaking, hiking, mountain biking or horse riding, and for those feeling more zen, we’ve got breathwork, yoga and native food walks. Heading back into the campsite, there’s food trucks, cold beers, live music and good times.

Tickets are $150 per person and if sleeping in your wheels isn’t your thing, there’s a limited number of glamping sites too. 20% from ticket sales and all proceeds from the bar will be donated, along with other initiatives throughout the weekend.

Use the buttons below for more info on The National Project and Wild For Wilderness, or to buy tickets.


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Two days of Van Life, adventure films, live music, good times and raising funds for national parks.  Date: 4th – 5th NOVEMBER Location: GLENWORTH VALLEY, NSW

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Stone & Wood Murwillumbah Open Day

We’re pumped to announce our mini beer festival, Murbah Open Day, is back for another year at our Murwillumbah Brewery on Saturday, 5 August. 

Welcoming locals and beer frothers from all over, Murbah Open Day is a celebration of community, great music, good food and of course, fresh beer straight from the source. 

The only day of year our brewery opens to the public, the festival gives punters the chance to peek behind the curtain of the Stone & Wood engine room, with staff guided tours of the brewery throughout the day.

Running from 11am - 5pm, Murbah Open Day is an event for the whole family and a chance to give back to the amazing community that supports us. 

Entry to the festival is by gold coin donation with all profits going towards an amazing local cause: Wedgetail Retreat.

Wedgetail Retreat provide free palliative care to the Northern Rivers community, giving locals and their families a warm and welcoming environment to call home. Operating without government funding, Wedgetail relies on the support of its community to keep its doors open and continue with the excellent care they provide. 


Saturday 5th August, 11am - 5pm

Stone & Wood Murwillumbah, 5 Kite Cres, South Murwillumbah

Cost: Cold coin donation for Wedgetail Retreat.



(40 min loop)



We encourage patrons to Park & Ride to Murbah Open Day.

We suggest parking at Knox Park off Wollumbin St (not on the street or in the coles carpark) and walking to the Coles Bus Stop.


Pick up/drop off times*

Coles Bus Stop       

10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:40, 16:20, 17:00, 17:40                    

Bus stop opposite the Courthouse Hotel 

10:30,11:10, 11:50, 12:30, 13:10, 13:50, 14:30, 15:10, 15:50, 16:30, 17:10, 17:50            

Riverview Hotel (Old Visitors Centre) 

10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:20, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, 16:00, 16:40, 17:20, 18:00    

Stone & Wood Brewery, Murwillumbah 

10:50, 11:30, 12:10, 12:50, 13:30, 14:10, 14:50, 15:30, 16:10, 16:50, 17:30  


*Pick up and drop offs approximately every 40 mins from there on.


(90 min loop)

$5 PER HEAD / each way

CASH ONLY, please try to have correct $5 note or coins.



Pick up/drop off times*

Cabarita Beach Hotel, Cabarita

10:00, 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30      

Salt Bar, Kingscliff

10:15, 11:45, 13:15, 14:45, 16:15, 17:45      

Cudgen Surf Club

10:25, 11:55, 13:25, 14:55, 16:25, 17:55      

Chinderah Tavern

10:45, 12:15, 13:45, 15:15, 16:45, 18:15      

Stone & Wood Murbah Brewery

11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00


*Pick up and drop offs approximately every 90 mins.


11am - 11:40am - Ben Whiting

12pm - 12:40pm - Blackboi

1pm - 1:40pm - Ben Whiting & The Pacific Nationals

2pm - 2:40pm - The Booty Affair

3pm - 3:40pm - The Booty Affair

4pm - 4:40pm - The Swamps 


Pete’s Smokey Meats


Map of Murbah Open Day

Stone & Wood Brewery Tour

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Murbah Open Day is Back!

Welcoming our awesome community behind the curtain of the Stone & Wood Engine Room

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Supporting The Northern Rivers From The Grassroots Up

Since Day One, Stone & Wood has aimed to be a conscious business that takes care of the communities where we work and live. Part of that story for us has been the establishment of our not-for-profit charity, the inGrained Foundation.

As our HQ is in the Northern Rivers, it made sense that our work started close to home. For the past five years, the inGrained Foundation has run a Large Grants program that provides local grassroots charities and organisations in the area with support for their next big project.

This year, the inGrained Foundation have announced a $200,000 funding pool for the 2023 Northern Rivers Large Grants Program, opening Tuesday, 4 April 2023. 

It’s open to not-for-profits with DGR status and grants will range between $5,000 and $30,000.

With the aim of addressing a broad spectrum of challenges experienced within these communities, inGrained are seeking to support projects that fall into the following categories:

  • Conservation of natural resources and habitats.
  • Action on climate change.
  • Mental health and wellbeing.
  • Accommodation and homelessness.
  • Inclusion and diversity.

In 2022, some of the organisations who received a grant through the program included: Bangalow Koalas, Human Nature Adventure Therapy, Murwillumbah Community Centre and Zero Emissions Byron.


These teams are just a few of the amazing groups that are working hard to make their community and its surrounding environments a better place for all. Open soon to not-for-profits with DGR status, applicants are encouraged to read the guidelines and submit before Friday 28 April, by visiting, so if you have friends or family doing incredible things in the Northern Rivers, please let them know.

To learn more about the inGrained Foundation, its Grants Program, visit the inGrained Foundation website, sign up to the newsletter and follow @ingrainedfoundation

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Come party with us.

Back with a bang – our Festival Of The Stone returns on Saturday, 3 June 2023 and for the first time ever, we’re giving you the chance to play the first set of the day.

Held across our Byron Brewery site, we’re getting ready to welcome locals and lovers of beer along for a night of music, food, fresh ales and community.

Joining a huge line-up of local and well-known acts, we’re also pumped to announce a competition for emerging and experienced musicians to nab the festival’s opening set…


We’re giving a set to an outstanding artist/s who are willing to put up their hand and slay for beer, merch and money (Yep. It’s a paid gig).

Entry requirements:

  1. Enter up to 4 tracks or a live recording.
  2. Must be available to play Saturday, June 3rd (from 3pm onwards) and able to play a 45-minute set
  3. You must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  4. Entries close May 1st at 7am

The winner will be selected by the Stone & Wood and Club Raiders crew. Includes performance fee, Stone & Wood prize pack and more!


Profits from tickets sales and raffles throughout the evening will be going towards the Fletcher Street Cottage, a community service providing meals, showers, laundry, advocacy and support to Byron’s homeless community.

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Held across our Byron Brewery site, we’re getting ready to welcome locals and lovers of beer along for a night of music, food, fresh ales and community.

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Stone & Wood x Brookie's x Flow Hive. Cheers to B Corp Month.

To celebrate B Corp month, we invited a few of our friends in the local B Corp community to come on down and brew a beer to celebrate the amazing achievements of the forward-thinking businesses in our region.

A B Corp Collab Beer

Stone & Wood x Brookie’s x Flow Hive

The beer, titled Too Mac & Bee-yond, is a Honey Macadamia Wheat Beer and was brewed using local Byron drop, Brookies Mac liqueur, and Flow Hive Harvested Honey.

For those lucky enough to live in, or be passing through, the Northern Rivers in the next few weeks, this delicious small-batch brew will be pouring at our Byron Brewery for a limited time only.

Wait, the beer sounds delicious, but…what’s a B Corp?

A B Corp company is a business that is meeting high standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.

Put simply, the B Corp movement proves what’s possible when businesses think beyond profit. When they go beyond the expected. When they come together to prove beyond doubt that there’s a better way to do business.

Cool Cool Cool…so B Corp Month is??

Each year in March, the global B Corp community comes together to celebrate, educate and motivate broader audiences on what can be achieved if we choose to do business a little differently.

Follow the hashtag #WeGoBeyond on Insta or FB to see some of the amazing work that’s being done across the planet right now. It’s the kind of internet rabbit hole that will leave you feeling uplifted and pumped about what good business can look like.

One little overseas gem we discovered was Padstow Holliday Village in the UK who are making holidays more sustainable, including hiring out wooden body boards to their guests for free 🤙 

Where can I find other B Corps?

We’re lucky in Australia to have some outstanding companies working hard to make the world a better place as part of the B Corp community.

Here’s a list of just a few of our faves for you to check out. Hollar back with any of your best B Corp suggestions too!

Food & Beverage:

Cape Byron Distillery/Brookie’s Gin

Unico Zelo

Pablo & Rusty’s


Outland Denim




Flow Hive Honey

Who Gives A Crap



Services & Media:

Bank Australia


We Are Explorers To get the full picture on the B Corp movement and a full list of the B Corp businesses in Australia and New Zealand, head here

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Celebrating International Women’s Day With Our Crew.

Our brewing crew for International Women's Day beer

This year for International Women’s Day

In celebration of IWD held on Wednesday 8 March, we’d like to shout out to all the amazing women who are a part of the Stone & Wood story.

From the Tasting Rooms, to the Quality Lab and the Brew Deck, Stone & Wood have over 50 permanent female employees who are making their mark on what can traditionally be a male-dominated industry.

This year, to celebrate their efforts, a crew of Stone & Wood employees and industry friends came together in early February to create this year’s International Women’s Day Beer. At both our Byron and Brisbane breweries, they began to brew an epic Czech Bohemian Imperial Pils to mark the occasion.

After a few weeks’ fermentation, 2023 IWD will be tapped in both breweries for staff and visitors to enjoy on March 8.

For anyone in Brisbane looking to kick up their heels in celebration of IWD, our Fortitude Valley brewery is the place to be after the workday is done. Keep reading on to find out more!

Whether you can make it to one of our breweries and sample our 2023 IWD beer, or if you’re just enjoying a quiet one at home, let’s raise a glass to all the amazing women in our lives who are out there making change, making beer and generally just making things great.

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. IWD 2023’s theme of Embrace Equity challenges people to deeply believe, value, and seek out difference as a necessary and positive element of life. To embrace equity means to understand the journey required to achieve women’s equality.

Stone & Wood Brisbane’s IWD Party

Wednesday 8 March, 2023 at Stone & Wood Brisbane. 99 Bridge St, Fortitude Valley.

5.30pm till close

With fresh beers and wine, great food and DJ Anna Sonnenburg on the decks into the night, it’s the perfect place for women (and allies!) to come together and #embraceequity.

Free entry. Reserve your spot, here.

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Rossco’s Road Trip Pulling Into A Town Near You.

Over the next two months, Rossco, our main man with the flowing mullet, is bringing a slice of summer to a beer garden near you.

Revving up old Trev the Troopie, Rossco will be hitting the open road, visiting epic East Coast locations and spreading the delicious word about Stone & Wood beers.

Not just there for refreshments, Rossco has also organised live music and giveaways for each place he pulls up, so every stop will feel like a party.

Starting early Feb in Melbourne, Trev & Rossco will be visiting the South Coast, Eastern Suburbs, Northern Suburbs, Newcastle, Coffs Coast, Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.

It’s free entry, just round up the crew and turn up.

Supporting local communities

Working in partnership with legendary venues along the way, Trev’s Troopie Tour will also be supporting local clubs or charities at each stop, with money from each beer sold from a Karma Keg going straight back into the community.

Trev’s Troopie Tour Itinerary

Sat 4 Feb  
From 2pm
The Notting Hill Hotel, Notting Hill
Sun 5 Feb 
From 1pm
The London Tavern, Richmond
South Coast
Sat 11 & Sun 12 Feb
12pm – 8pm
Gerringong Bowling & Recreation Club, Werri Beach
Eastern Suburbs
Sat 18 & Sun 19 Feb
1pm – 7pm
The Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Northern Beaches
Sat 25 Feb
12pm – 5pm
Harbord Diggers, Freshwater
Sun 26 Feb
12pm – 5pm
Pasadena Sydney, Church Point
Sat 4 Mar
12pm – 5pm
The Beach Hotel, Mereweather
Sun 5 Mar
12pm – 6pm
Adamstown Bowling Club, Adamstown
Port Macquarie 
Fri 10 Mar
4pm – close
The Beach House, Port Macquarie
Coffs Harbour
Sun 12 Mar
4pm – 8pm
Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
Sunshine Coast
Sat 18
6pm – 10pm
Sun 19 Mar
1pm – 6pm
Village Bicycle, Noosa Heads
Sat 25 Mar
5pm – 8pm
The Triffid, Newstead
Sun 26 Mar
2pm – 8pm
Camp Hill Bowls Club, Camp Hill
Rossco Trevs Troopie Tour

Q&A with Rossco

Before the endless summer begins, let’s get to know the enigma that is Stone & Wood’s Rossco.

Where in the world do you hail from?

I’ve lived all over this wide, brown land! Born and raised in country SA, but completed my high schooling and university degree in Ballarat, Victoria. Since then, I’ve quite literally ‘seen the light’ 😁 and moved to Ballina in 2020, and I’m lucky to now call the Northern Rivers home.

What inspired your move up to the Northern Rivers?

There aren’t too many Aussies that didn’t feel the impacts of COVID-19, Victorian’s especially! 2020 was meant to be a big year for my athletic career (basketball), and I had grand plans for the season ahead.

When the lockdowns hit, I had plenty of reflection time (and beer drinking time!). I had a change of heart and decided I was more suited to the laidback surfer lifestyle that Byron promises. Mum’s side of the fam also live in Ballina, so it made a lot of sense to relocate up here.

What’s been your greatest adventure?

When I finished high school in 2014, I decided to take a gap year and backpack Europe. This would easily go down as my greatest adventure! I was young, naive and had a hunger for exploration and new experiences. This adventure taught me so much about the world but also about myself and so I always recommend travelling as much as you can!

Some of the lessons I learned along this journey weren’t cheap. In Beijing I was scammed by two sweet old Chinese women – but that’s a story to share over a Pacific Ale…or 3!

Favourite place you’ve discovered on a road trip?

This is an easy one! When I was 11, my parents sold the house and bought a caravan to circumnavigate Australia. It was on this voyage that we stopped in a small place in northern WA called Ningaloo Reef. Ningaloo was nature’s theme park to an 11-year-old grommet like myself. We went diving with whale sharks, snorkelling with sea turtles, reef sharks and dolphins…right off the beach we were camping on!

What’s your all-time Aussie holiday spot?

For this one I would have to go with Kangaroo Island in South Australia. I have an uncle and Aunt who live in Kingscote there and my family have holidayed there for as long as I can remember. I have so many special memories from that place such as learning to fish and catch crabs from my uncle’s boat. The beaches are pristine and the island itself has such a low population that you can escape all the noise of the mainland.

You’ve just come in from a swim on the beach, what do you choose for lunch – fish & chips, old school burger or vegan sushi?

Fish & Chips is a timeless classic but to be completely honest, I would have to say that a burger hits the spot most often. Anything from Wagyu patty with the lot or something southern-fried…I think the burger wins! (Providing it comes with chips). Check out our fav Fish & Chips recipe.

And finally, best beer to crack open after a long day on the dusty road?

Nothing beats a Pacific Ale after a day on the road! I’ve been drinking these from back in my Ballarat days and I haven’t found a better beer to share a sunset with.

Stay tuned for more details and to follow Ross & Trev’s on the road adventures, make sure you’re following us on Instagram & Facebook.

Donning your new merch or posed up in front of Trev? Tag us in your posts on Insta, Facebook & Snapchat @stoneandwood

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$100,000 Funding Program Announced For Brissie Legends.

Applications Open This August.

If you or someone you know is busy making the great city of Brisbane even better, this one’s for you.

We’re stoked to announce our inGrained Foundation is launching its Large Grants Program into the River City this August, offering a $100,000 funding pool to eligible Brisbane not-for-profits.

inGrained are on the look out for a diverse range of organisations who are keen to apply for a grant between $5,000 and $25,000 in order to continue, or improve, the amazing work they’re doing in the community.

For this inaugural round of Brisbane Grants, inGrained are seeking to support projects that fall into the following categories:

  • Conservation of natural resources and habitats.
  • Action on climate change.
  • Mental health and wellbeing.
  • Accommodation and homelessness.
  • Inclusion and diversity.

To be successful, applicants must operate within one of these categories and be able to provide information on how the inGrained funds will have a tangible outcome for the community.

James Perrin from the inGrained Foundation said of launching the Grants Program in Brisbane, “After running grants programs in the Northern Rivers for the last four years, we are so excited to be expanding to the Brisbane community, just as Stone & Wood did a few years ago.

We encourage applications from a wide range of social and environmental organisations in the region and look forward to hearing about the incredible work we can support.”

Founded as a separate not-for-profit by Stone & Wood Brewing Co (Fermentum Group) in 2018, the inGrained Foundation works to attract, generate and direct donations to grassroots charities.

Earlier this year, the inGrained Foundation held their fourth Northern Rivers Large Grants program where they donated over $200,000 to 10 organisations.

From Monday 15 August, Brisbane social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status are encouraged to read the guidelines and apply before Friday 9 September by visiting the inGrained Foundation’s website.  

Watch the video below to see how grants have helped last year’s successful recipients.

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Been Missin' Our Strawberry Sundae Kissin?

Our Juicy Tribute to A QLD Icon Returns.

Back for its third year, our strawberry and cream sour sensation – Strawberry Sundae Kisses – has returned and is bubbling away in our Brisbane Brewery, getting ready for an early August release.

Packed with 60kg of Queensland strawberries, this gorgeous little limited-edition is not only delicious, but has a heart of gold.

Each year, proceeds from our Strawberry Sundae Kisses, sold exclusively from our Brisbane Brewery, are directed to The Common Good, the fundraising initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.

For 33 years, the Royal Queensland Show- the Ekka –  provided The Common Good with one of its biggest fundraising drives of the year, with the sales of its iconic Strawberry Sundaes going direct to the charity.

So, in 2020 when the Ekka was cancelled (for the first time) due to Covid restrictions, our Brisbane Head Brewer, Mick Barnes got curious about how we could get on board to help the cause.

The result: Strawberry Sundae Kisses.

Based on the traditional Berliner Weisse beer style, brewed with fresh strawberries, lactose and vanilla added during fermentation for a creamy, delectable beer with hints of Ekka strawberry sundaes.

For the past two years, the legends of Southeast Queensland have absolutely got behind our delicious homage, with the brew selling out both years in a matter of weeks.

This year, with the Ekka back on (touching wood, crossing fingers), we’re thrilled to continue to be a part of The Common Good story, with the 2022 Strawberry Sundae Kisses batch being sold not just at our Fortitude Valley Brewery, but also at the big old show itself!

You can grab a glass of SSK in the phenomenal Craft Beer Alley at this year’s Ekka while chomping down on the original Ekka classic, Strawberry Sundae.

As with previous years, all proceeds from the sales of Strawberry Sundae Kisses will go towards The Common Good and all the amazing work that takes place at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brissie.

Catch Strawberry Sundae Kisses at our Brisbane Brewery from Thursday 4 August and at the Royal Queensland Show from Saturday 6 August.

Follow our Brisbane brewery on Insta @stoneandwoodbrisbane

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Murwillumbah Open Day Raises $15,000 For Community Palliative Care.

We Open The Gates To Our Murwillumbah Home.

We’re stoked to announced an epic $15,000 was raised at Murbah Open Day 2022 to support Tweed Palliative Support & Wedgetail Retreat.

Just like the Willy Wonka of beer, we’re opening our big brewery gates to let the public in for a peek at our Murwillumbah Open Day on Saturday, 6 August.

Though we’re short on Oompa Loompas, we do have some of our best brewers on hand ready to show you all the behind the scenes treats of our Murwillumbah (Murbah) Brewery with Brewery Tours being held on the day by our crew.

This is where your favourite Stone & Wood beers get brewed and bottled so there’s no better place to enjoy a few fresh ones among friends at one of the many pop-up bars spread across the site.

Also pouring for one day only, will be Murbah Session Beer. An easy-drinking kolsch lager, MSB is brewed in honour of the resilient legends who reside in our beloved Murbah. We’re proud to have this Northern Rivers enclave as the home of our brewery and MSB is our way of saying thanks to our local community.

Bringing the fiesta to the festival will be an awesome local musical line up and the region’s best selection of food trucks and market stalls, further details to be announced in the weeks ahead.

A day for all the family, there will be a designated area for the kiddies, with face painting and arts and crafts, so parents will also get a chance to kick back. 

Entry to the day is by gold coin donation with all profits from the festival going towards an amazing local cause: Wedgetail Retreat.

Wedgetail Retreat provide free palliative care to the Northern Rivers community, giving locals and their families a warm and welcoming environment to call home. Operating without government funding, Wedgetail relies on the support of its community to keep its doors open and continue with the amazing care they provide.


At our dedicated kids area, Malt Disney, hosted by Kidz Klub, provides little ones with fun workshops, arts and crafts and garden games, and a special guest appearance from Shorty Brown the Clown. Parents will be required to supervise their little ones. 


11am – 12:45pm Luke Bennett

1pm – 2:45pm Nightshade: Animal Ventura x Chloe West

3pm – 4:30pm Dan Hannaford Music


For a gold coin donation, you will be able to tickle your tastebuds across several food trucks: Gunter Flammkuchen, Yummo! Bratwurst; Hummingbird & Co Catering, Fern Coffee, Wedgetail Retreat BBQ– Classic BBQ and so please be sure to wear your elastic-waisted pants.

Needless to say, there will be beer. Pop-up bars will be pouring brew straight from the source and for those looking for something beyond the froth, there will also be pop-up bars from Husk Distillery (serving up Ink Gin & Husk Rum Cocktails), Little Dragon Ginger Beer, Sunly Seltzer, Treehouse Cider and a coffee cart for midday caffeine kicks, soda/water refill stations and ice-blocks for the kids.


Get your shop at some of the region’s best market stalls: BoB Beauty On Board, Tropical Fruit World, Mad Mountain Family Farm, The Chilli Chick Shop, Mennie, Every Little Bit, Praia Kinis, My Vintage Attic, Retro Vintage, Polly & Co and Poni Ceramics.


We encourage patrons to Park & Ride to S&W Murwillumbah Open Day.

See bus transfers operated by Singhs Bus Service below.



If you’re a Northern Rivers local, or lucky enough to be passing through this amazing region, come and celebrate with us this August.


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Festival of The Stone Raises $20,000 For Byron's Homeless

We Came. We Partied. We Donated.

We’re stoked to announce our Festival of the Stone held on Saturday 3 June, raised $20,000 for Byron’s homeless and rough sleeping community service, Fletcher Street Cottage.

Over 1800 people passed through our gates to come together, shake off a tough start to the year and dance the night away for a good cause.

With an awesome musical line-up that appeared across two stages, local legends Drop Legs and Death By Denim packed out the mainstage with Melbourne rockers, The Delta Riggs capping off the night with an epic set.

Inside the Brewery, our brewtanks became the illuminated backdrop for one heady dancefloor as the Club Raiders DJS, Cashew and Yazmin dropped some fresh and frothy beats.  

Most importantly, in the process of this revelry, all ticket, beer and raffle sales were steadily raising funds to go directly to Fletcher Street.

Outside of Sydney, the Byron Shire has the largest rough-sleeping population in Australia (even bigger than Melbourne’s), making the Fletcher Street Cottage and its services such a crucial part of the Byron community. They’re open every day, ready with breakfast, hot showers, laundry and counselling services for those in need.

Our Events Guru, Sally G, was blown away by the happy vibe brought by the big crowd on the day.

Sally said, “It’s such an honour to put on an event where locals can come together and really enjoy themselves. Holding it in support of such an important issue for our region, just adds that extra layer of meaning.

There was such a happy spirit here on Saturday, a good sign that big events in Byron are back and here to stay.”

Stone & Wood is proud to support Fletcher Street Cottage and other local grassroots organisations through our not-for-profit arm, the inGrained Foundation.

Song by South of Summit – Runaway

Cheers to our mates at Red Stockholm for capturing the night. Visit our Facebook page for the full collection of photos from the night.

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Our inGrained Foundation puts up $200k

Applications are now open


Many of you who are fans of our beer also know that being a useful part of the community is an important measure of who we are as a business.

It’s why we started a separate, not-for-profit arm called the inGrained Foundation, an organisation designed to help tackle the challenges faced in the areas where we work and live.

This year, more than ever before, our backyard of Northern NSW, needs support. That’s why, we’re pumped to announce the inGrained Foundation’s 2022 Northern Rivers Large Grants program.

With a funding pool of $200K, grassroots organisations from the Northern Rivers and Clarence Valley can apply for a cash grant between $5 – $30K to assist with programs that directly benefit our community, or the environment that surrounds us.

Obviously, flood relief and recovery will be top of mind for a lot of people, but inGrained are encouraging applications for a wide range of causes from not-for-profits with DGR status.

This year’s categories for grants are:

  • Conservation of natural resources and habitats.
  • Action on climate change.
  • Mental health and wellbeing.
  • Accommodation and homelessness.
  • Inclusion and diversity.

Applications are open today so to find out more and apply, head to the inGrained website.

Know of a Northern Rivers not-for-profit with DGR status that would be interested? Share using the share buttons below.

Outside of this program, Stone & Wood are committed to helping the recovery efforts in the region by running a fundraising program over the bars at both our Byron and Brisbane breweries for the foreseeable future and lending a hand on the ground whenever we can.

If you’re keen to find out how you can connect to some of the great organisations in Northern NSW who are working directly with the community, visit our recent blog for some helpful links.


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Flood Relief: How Can We Respond When The Chips Are Down?

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In the past 10 days, the heartland of Stone & Wood – the Northern Rivers region – has faced a disaster unlike most of us have ever seen before.

The recent floods have touched all of us here, either directly or through family, friends and neighbours.

We are immensely proud of our Stone & Wood team who have been out on the streets, in community halls and people’s homes doing everything they could to help their communities through the rescue and recovery efforts.

While for some of the region, the first stage of recovery is coming to an end, we know that for many people, this will be a process that takes months.

So, what can we do as a Northern Rivers business who wants to be a part of the solution? This is what we’ve been asking ourselves since day one.

From an immediate financial perspective, our not-for-profit arm, the inGrained Foundation, has donated $150,000 to community organisations operating in some of the most flood affected areas. Some of the initial organisations we’re working with include the Mullumbimby Community Centre, the Northern Rivers Community Gateway, the Murwillumbah Community Centre and Ngunya Jarjam.

Later this month, the inGrained Foundation, will be launching its annual Large Grants Round where local not-for-profits can apply for funding for long-term-projects. Those who are operating flood recovery projects are encouraged to apply.


As the situation continues to unfold, we will be doing all we can to support our community and show up for each other as best we can throughout 2022 and beyond.

On Sunday 13 March, our breweries in Byron and Brisbane both held Flood Relief Fundraisers with all profits from the events going to the amazing people at Orange Sky, who are on the ground with mobile laundries and showers, getting those affected fresh clothes for their backs. Stay tuned to find out how much was raised on the day.

For a little snapshot of our day in Byron and how our community are holding up, we pulled together a quick video.


If you’re looking for some direction on how you can help, below is just a small list of some of the great people out there working directly with the community. 

It Takes a Town: Helping affected families directly with supplies and essential items.

Resilient Lismore – Lismore Helping Hands: The Lismore community-run disaster response network are coordinating with services across the Northern Rivers and are building systems to assist across the region.

Bundjalung Community Flood Relief – by Koori Mail. Funds go directly to the people and communities.

The Byron Rangers are mobilising 3,000+ local volunteers to organise crisis accommodation, supply food packages, transport goods for people and wildlife, and the massive clean up.

The Echo Go Fund Me Raising funds and distributing them as quickly as possible to help the community organisations on the ground.

Human Nature Adventure therapy – Ballina: Support for affected young people who may not engage in conventional clinical mental health support.

Upper Main Arm Flood Relief

GIVIT is managing offers of donated goods, services, volunteering and funds.

For some resources you may find helpful during these times based on your situation, visit the Enova Energy website


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Stone & Wood x Afends present: Crop Circles.

A cosmic collaboration that looks to the future.

A limited release available now.

Stone & Wood and Afends present: Crop Circles, an experiment that chooses to believe in a sustainable future for beer and fashion.

Together, the brewers and style makers turned to the crops that are making green waves in their industries – regenerative grain for beer and hemp for clothing – to create something out of this world.

Not from the future and need to know more about regenerative grain?

For the making of Crop Circles, Stone & Wood sourced Certified regenerative grain from farms that are replenishing their natural ecosystems, soil biodiversity and organic matter. This means the land they use has a greater ability to regenerate and recycle nutrients, decreasing their dependence on outside resources and reducing methane and carbon emissions. Watch the making of Crop Circles here.

Charged up about the future of farming? Good, now let’s talk about the beer.

A perfect companion to the end of summer, Crop Circles is a juicy pale ale with flavours of mango, subtle hints of macadamia and a dash of locally-sourced hemp seed. Pleasantly aromatic, its taste is not only out of this world, but it’s also a sessionable brew at 5% Alc/Vol.

The clothing, a hemp capsule collection created by Afends in collaboration with Stone & Wood, is a limited release that’s ready to transport you by design. A small selection of merch is available online today in the Stone & Wood online store, but if you’re after the total Afends experience, head to their earthly offering here.

Tune into the Crop Circles Playlist: music to teleport you. Best enjoyed with Crop Circles limited edition beer and eyes to the future.


Ready to believe?

Good news, the future is now: From today you can purchase Crop Circles from our official online store or at our Byron Bay Tasting Room and Brisbane brewery, where the Crop Circles flows freely on tap.

For more info and to track down the location of Area 51 and your closest stockist of Crop Circles head here.

But be quick believers, Crop Circles is only earthside for a short time.

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Congratulations to the 2021 Ingrained Foundation Grants Round Recipients

Six Northern Rivers not-for-profits are to share $115,180 in funding

We’re thrilled to announce six local not-for-profits have been awarded a Northern Rivers Large Grant, with a total of $115,180 being divided between the organisations.

After receiving a strong pool of outstanding applications from many people doing great work in our community, the inGrained Foundation Grants Committee and Board are pleased to announce the successful recipients for the 2021 inGrained Northern Rivers Large Grants Program are:


Agape Outreach Inc is a street-level organisation actively working to alleviate poverty and homelessness in the Tweed Heads area and beyond. Since COVID, they have seen a 468% increase in client numbers needing support. Agape will be putting their grant towards ongoing support and outreach services for people in need.


Steadily building the koala, wildlife and reforestation corridor around Bangalow, Bangalow Koalas are looking to plant over 4000 trees in the area by August 2024 regenerating land and protecting the local wildlife for years to come. Their grant sees a key section of the wildlife corridor progressing within the next 12 months.


The Byron Community Centre are at the forefront of the region’s homelessness crisis. Currently renovating the Fletcher Street Cottage to reopen late this year, BCC will be using their grant to help provide the homeless and disadvantaged community with shelter and support in extreme weather events.


COREM installs solar systems on community organisations for free, which is then paid back by the savings made on the electricity bills. The solar systems are provided interest-free and when paid back, the funding is re-purposed for the next installation. COREM’s grant is going towards a model of delivery that allows them to sustain this great work.


Recently rescuing three loggerhead turtle nests from the Fingal and Pottsville areas, Green Heroes built a makeshift incubator and successfully hatched and released over 150 baby turtles with a 96% hatch rate. Their inGrained funding will help them to build a proper and permanent incubator to continue to revive these endangered sea creatures for many turtle hatchings in the years ahead.


Through their Activ8 Outdoor Youth Mentoring program, Human Nature Adventure Therapy offer immersive outdoor counselling services for teens in need in our community. Their inGrained grant will support the delivery of many more one-on-one outdoor counselling sessions building mental health and resilience.

We at Stone & Wood and the inGrained Foundation are stoked with the results of this year’s Grants Program. We congratulate each of the successful applicants and look forward to seeing their projects come to life, and thank all the organisations who took the time to apply this year.

inGrained’s work in the community continues throughout the year with the help of Byron locals and visitors to our Byron Brewery. For every beer sold over the bar, $1 goes towards supporting additional local grass roots charities.

To learn more about the inGrained Foundation, its Grants Program and this year’s recipients, visit the inGrained Foundation website, sign up to the newsletter and follow @ingrainedfoundation

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Join us for our biggest event of the year

A neighbourhood party of epic proportions, we’re thrilled to announce the return of Festival of The Stone to our Byron Brewery, Saturday 5 June!

With live music and food trucks on-site, our family-friendly festival is set to welcome in the colder months ahead, as our prized winter limited release, Stone Beer, waits for the pour behind the bar.

With our music line-up soon to be announced, a portion of every ticket sold will be going back into supporting the community via the inGrained Foundation, our charity organisation.

The pride of the festival, Stone Beer – a wood-fired porter – will be yours for the drinking alongside all of your other Stone & Wood favourites, Sunly Seltzers and new kid on the block, Little Dragon ginger beer.

For those who call the Northern Rivers home, it’s time to come for a dance and enjoy the good times. For those further afield, it’s time to make the beer pilgrimage east as the mighty Stone Beer makes its brief return.

An epic line-up of bands and DJs will be hitting the stage featuring:


The Hombres | The Booty Affair | Casimir 

Cashew | Club Raiders DJs | Richie Carter

Ticket sales contribute to the donation amount for the chosen local charity. Grab your tickets via Eventbrite.

Stay tuned to our Event page or Instagram and Facebook for updates!

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Stone & Wood's inGrained Foundation makes $100K funding pool available for Northern Rivers Not-for-profits

Not-for-profits with DGR status are able to apply for a grant

Stone & Wood’s inGrained Foundation is now taking applications for the 2021 Northern Rivers Large Grants Program, where a $100,000 funding pool is being made available to a diverse range of Northern Rivers not-for-profits.

For the third year running, not-for-profits with DGR status are able to apply for a grant between $5,000 and $30,000 to help them tackle the varied challenges currently facing the Northern Rivers community.

This year, the grant categories are:

  • Conservation of natural resources and habitats.
  • Action on climate change.
  • Mental health and wellbeing.
  • Accommodation and homelessness.
  • Inclusion and diversity.

To be successful, applicants must operate within one of these categories and be able to provide information on how the inGrained funds will have a tangible outcome for the community.

Founded as a separate not-for-profit by Stone & Wood in 2018, the inGrained Foundation works to attract, generate and direct donations to grassroots charities. In 2020, the foundation was thrilled to donate over $200,000, including $70,000 to local and state-based fire-brigades, rural fire services and drought relief efforts at the time of the 2019/2020 bushfires.

From today, Northern Rivers social and environmental not-for-profits with DGR status are encouraged to read the guidelines and apply before Monday 3 May, by visiting

For those close by, please join us at our Byron Tasting Room from 4pm Tuesday 13th April if you would like to know more about our 2021 grants round. A number of our InGrained Directors and Grants Committee will be there to say hello and answer any questions you have!

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The Year That was 2020

We look back at what we did during this wild year.

The year 2020 needs no introductions, but we reckon it’s worth looking back on what our team and our community were able to achieve in the middle of it all.

We want to thank everyone who continued to support us this year – from our local communities to our drinkers all around the country. Thank you for #KeepingLocalAlive when times were tough and for looking out for each other like never before.

With this crazy-ass year drawing to a close, we can’t help but feel like we’re all a bit more resilient and more connected for it. Cheers to that!


The Original Pacific Ale is voted Australia’s favourite craft beer in the GABS Hottest 100!

In response to the summer bushfire crisis, together with Fixation Brewing and Granite Belt Cider Co we collectively donated and pledged over $71,000 to fire brigades, rural fire services and drought relief across NSW, Queensland and Victoria.


To provide more support around the bushfires, by brewing our own Resilience Beer alongside 200 other Australian breweries in February we donated $2,376 for Wildlife Queensland.


We brewed our first recycled water beer, Beer-Water Beer, for World Water Day.

COVID-19 hit – we sent our entire team to work from home, we transformed our breweries into takeaway bottle shops and launched our virtual brewery tours.

To support the venues who could no longer sell fresh beer due to mandatory closures, we took back all unopened kegs of Stone & Wood beer and credited our customers for when things opened up again.


We reopened our Byron Tasting Room and Brissy brewery with the ‘new normal’ sit-down bookings.


We launched our sparkling refreshment Sunly Seltzer!


After thinking we wouldn’t be able to, we released our annual Stone Beer 2020.

Our not-for-profit the inGrained Foundation awarded $100,000 to six awesome local not-for-profits in the Northern Rivers Large Grants Program 2020.


When the Ekka was cancelled, we brewed an Ekka-inspired strawberries and cream beer at our Brisbane brewery to raise much-needed funds for The Common Good, the fundraising initiative of The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.


We launched our lower alc beer East Point, the first craft beer of its kind.


Alongside our mates at Cape Byron Distillery, we released Pacific Moonshine – distilled using the excess Pacific Ale that we rescued from our customers when they had to close in March.

And throughout the year, we released five limited Counter Culture releases, reduced our energy and water usage and waste, and our Tasting Rooms donated another $30,000 to local grassroots charities via our inGrained Foundation.

Here’s to rounding out 2020 and cheers to the new year!

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A Virtual Beer with our Older Friends

Our weekly beer catchups with the seniors at Feros Care.

Last year, we were fortunate enough to spend a day volunteering with at Feros Care Wommin Bay in Kingscliff, hanging out with the residents, enjoying a few beers and singing karaoke together.

Over 12 months later, our friendship with the fun-loving Feros seniors runs strong.

In celebration of Oktoberfest, and as part of an initiative to re-engage older people with the community, Feros Care ran a four-part virtual tasting series over a month, guided by our Tasting Room manager Jess.

Every week, Jess met with a mixed group of participants (aged 68-87), who dialled in from as far south as Victoria’s Reden up to Wide Bay in Queensland, to discuss the week’s focus beer, including our Pacific Ale, Green Coast Lager, Cloud Catcher pale ale and The Gatherer.

Besides discussing the tasting notes and asking participants to score each beer, Jess guided a virtual tour of our Tasting Room in Byron Bay and talked through the brewing process and the Stone & Wood story.

In true Oktoberfest form, the participants located in Illawarra even dressed in traditional Bavarian clothing and paired our beers with German food!

This was all made possible by Feros Care’s Virtual Social Centre, an online community for participants to access online exercise, cooking and language classes, chat groups and museum tours.

Connecting with these special seniors was another reminder of how beer can bring people together – no matter the difference in age.

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