These small batch brews are special, limited and, once gone, may never return. The Pilot Batch brewery is a space for our brewers to get creative – an opportunity to trial weird and wonderful things, turning the brewery into an experimental playground to get a little fruity.
Every three months, one of our brewers takes up the helm in our Byron brewery, running the day-to-day operations. During this time, they have the chance to brew their favourite beers and run the Pilot Batch program.
Meet Tina Jarrett, our current resident brewer.
Give us a bit of background about yourself.
I arrived at brewing three years ago with the desire to utilise my winemaking skills, as I feel you can never stop learning! Before that I used to do some home brewing with my Dad and try to tell him what to do – but he always did his own thing!
I began winemaking in 2007 alongside completing a wine science degree. I worked at Mt Tamborine with Granite Belt fruit in my early years, before spending time across New Zealand, Barossa Valley and doing my champagne appellation in France. There, my portfolio was wild ferment barrel chardonnay, fume blanc, sumptuous reds and sparkling wines using the French technique of méthode traditionnelle.
It’s been awesome brewing at Stone & Wood for the last few years and being exposed to new techniques, styles and innovations all the time, particularly here in the Pilot Batch. I’m very grateful for this.
What are your favourite styles of beer and why?
While winemaking, every vintage we would enjoy beer tastings after a 14-hour day or night shift. These little sessions sparked my interested and got me thinking about some beer styles that verge on the edge of wine styles.
This brings me to sours, which
showcase that beautiful clean acidity of wine with a sour edge, and have
the flexibility to be a star in different styles.
Any beers you’re really excited about brewing and why?
Mmm … Mother Nature will dictate what I brew, as the drought may have some impact on the wine-grapes that I would like to use to do a co-fermentation.
Let’s wait and see!
What do you like about using the Pilot Batch brewery to experiment?
To be honest, I love brewing any beer on the Pilot Batch – the hands-on approach, the aromas, the heat, the hops – yum!