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Now’s your chance!
We’re not only building a sustainable brewing business that the good people of the Northern Rivers can be proud of, but we’re also hell bent on building one of the best brewing teams in the country.
The team at Stone & Wood are incredibly proud of our brewers for their commitment, enthusiasm and passion for their craft. They are an ever-expanding team of both experienced brewers and talented fast learners.
Applications are now open for an intake of brewers with all levels of experience.
-a seasoned commercial brewer looking to further your career
-a madly passionate home brewer who dreams of going pro
-so seriously into beer you’ve decided on a brewing career, or
-a recent graduate after studying an allied field
Then this is your chance to join our team!
The right candidates will be offered a full-time role that suits their current skills and experience within our brewing team.
Stone & Wood offers a brewer’s development program, which is in place to provide a pathway for individual development. Along with fully funded and supported education and training we aim to help our team become the best brewers they can be.
Have a look around our website and social platforms to get some insight into what makes us tick…
Write a concise cover letter that includes:
-an example or two of how you fit with the culture and ethos of Stone & Wood
-which Stone & Wood beer is your favourite and why, and
-what you really love about brewing beer
Send your application with cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
*We are accepting applications until the end of November.
SURFY FLICKS, LIVE MUSIC, BYRON VIBES & LOCAL BEERS
Our Landrover Clyde has just got back from Sydney and now we’re sending him North to pour the good people of the Gold Coast our beers. Sunday arvo November 8, our truck will be loaded with kegs and set up at The Avalon in Miami, from 4-9.
Wander in from whatever path you’re on, grab a $5 beer and pick a possie in front of the projector for a surfy screening of McTavish films. Tucker is sorted as renowned Food Truck JR Smokehouse will be rocking up, keeping your bellies full of the most Authentic Southern Style Smokey Barbeque delights.
Pouring for the landy’s taps, will be the core range and our aromatic ale Cloud Catcher. Music wise acoustic maestro Kyle Lionhart will be followed by local legends Waxhead playing the first gig of there pre-summer tour.
And if this isn’t enough to get you along… All profits from the night are going to the Surfrider Foundation, a not for profit dedicated to the protection of Australia’s waves and beaches, wrapping up your weekend for a good cause.
So leave your fast lives, just for one night and join us for Surfari on the Gold Coast!
Photo Courtesy- McTavish & James St BNE
After a lot of announcements about small breweries all around the world being bought by, or “selling out” to, large global breweries recently, there is a lot of rumour, speculation and finger pointing going on in the local beer industry.
The exits from the industry that we are seeing overseas and here in Australia appears to be mostly driven by long time brewery founders deciding that they have done their time, or they have seen their businesses outgrow their ability to manage them. For others their business has not been able to reach the scale where it can provide an annual return to its owners, so the best way to get a return on their sweat and investment is to sell. Of course there are some operators who have obviously got into it to make a quick buck, and jumped ship at the first sign of a pay cheque.
We are both amused, annoyed and angered that we continually hear our name being thrown around as “the next one to go”, or that “those guys are just in it for the money”.
But we can understand why some people want to speculate or start rumours about the future of Stone & Wood or other breweries.
It’s a matter of trust (or a lack of it) that is driving that. People are supporting small businesses like Stone & Wood because they can’t trust big business and politicians anymore. Sadly, when small breweries who for years have played the anti-corporate card, sell out, it starts to tear away at that trust again.
If people are looking for who might be next, or who’s in it just for the money, then maybe they should be looking at those breweries who step back away from the hard calls, and don’t fully commit to the industry that they are part of, or the communities they operate in.
We work hard everyday to build people’s trust and faith in our business. We know it can’t just be expected, and that it has to be earned.
Over the years we have made tough decision after tough decision that should prove that we are truly, fiercely and proudly independent spirits, and aren’t “just in it for the money”.
In 2012 we bought our shares back from our friends at Little Creatures when a big corporate got too close.
When other brewers of a similar size to us choose to buy their beer from another brewer instead of brewing it all themselves, we have steadfastly refused to budge from our position that we will brew all of our own beer, despite the fact that we have had to let a massive demand for our beer go unmet.
We made the tough choice to invest heavily in our local community and build a new brewery in the region instead of outsourcing our growth, and having beer contract brewed. We value our local community and those that support us, so we are creating jobs and adding value to our good partners (our local suppliers). It astonishes us that some brewers will quite happily buy their beer from other breweries on the other side of the country or the world, and in doing so turn their back on the people that support them.
We are committed to having our highly talented team be co-owners in the business. Each year we welcome more of our team as partners and shareholders in Stone & Wood, and after our annual offer next month more than 50% of our team will be shareholders.
We are ensuring that we tread lightly on the earth we walk on, and through our Green Feet program we recently invested more than $200,000 on solar energy at our Murwillumbah brewery, and are committed to sustainable practices in our breweries to improve energy and water efficiencies.
Giving back to our community is a fundamental promise we have made to ourselves, and our inGrained program has been established to facilitate that. In the last twelve months we have donated over $100,000 from our own funds, and worked hard to raise a further $50,000 which has been directly provided to community programs and grass roots causes.
Importantly, we the founders of Stone & Wood are still highly engaged in and excited by the work we and the highly capable team are putting in to build a sustainable independent brewing business that the good people of the Northern Rivers can be proud of.
We are more than happy with the personal return we get from the business, and are comfortable that it’s feeding our families and our souls.
We’re having more fun now than we ever have, there’s lots to do, and we’re more about buying, building and bolting things on than selling them. Our recent announcements about the launch of our business incubator, the new sales and distribution business, and the new cider business, are testament to that.
To put it simply, we aren’t going anywhere.
Jamie, Brad and Ross
It’s warming up, and so is our calendar!
Across the country we’ve had tastes of Summer and this weekend was no exception. The Bay has well and truly thawed… Days where your thongs melt to the road, wax slides off surfboards towards the sand, shade from Pandanus palms provides temporary relief and ice creams or cold beer become necessities for survival.
We’re celebrating the return of the heat and all it brings throughout October at events with enough local beer to cure your thirst!
To start off we’re launching the Mash Collective’s Dead East Ale at the brewery this Saturday (10th October). Our crew is a bunch of local lads who all share a love for the sun, the salt and the sea… So its no wonder they’ve brewed a refreshing amber ale perfect to relax with by the ocean after a long day in the sun… To learn more about this year’s crew (Asher Pacey, Paul McNeil & Jeff Bennet) and their beer head to the Mash Collective website.
Later in the month is Sydney Craft Beer Week (17th-25th October). There are over 100 events in nine days, so if you’re a Sydneysider that loves craft beer Christmas has come early…
We’re involved in a number of epic events as part of SCBW including: A special arvo party at The Oaks Hotel (Sunday 18th), followed by a night of ‘surf, turf and beer’ inspired by all time surf film ‘Big Wednesday’ with Three Blue Ducks in Bronte, phone 9389 0010 to book a table (Wednesday 21st) and finally a beer dinner at The Avenue on the same night, matching our four core beers with four beefy courses!
Up on the Sunny Coast is Noosa Surf Film Festival (October 23-24th,) there’s plenty of screenings, an Art Show, Shapers Panel and a chance to groove both nights at their After Parties…more info on the website. This weekend also catch Bonnie at The End of the Line Festival in Woolloongabba!
It’s that time of year, where living the life and enjoying the simple things climbs to the top of our priority list…so get along for a good time!
10th October Mash Collective Sesh ‘Dead East Ale Launch’ Brewery, Boronia PL
11th October Farrier Art & Ale Fest Newfarm, Brisbane
17-25th October Sydney Craft Beer Week Sydney-wide
18th October Party in the Garden Pavilion The Oaks Hotel (SCBW)-Tickets here…
21st October Big Wednesday Dinner Three Blue Ducks(SCBW)-Tickets here…
21st October BEER + BEEF Dinner The Avenue,(SCBW)-Tickets here…
22nd October Grape & Grain Beer + Wine Dinner Norman Hotel, Brisbane
23-24th October Noosa Surf Movie Festival Sunshine Coast
23-25th October Valley Fiesta Fortitude Valley
24-25th October End of The Line Woolloongabba, Brisbane
29th October Aquila Standup Degustation Brisbane-Tickets here…
Photo Courtesy- Noosa Surf Film Festival
Garden Ale joins our core range of beers
Our sessionable Summer seasonal has joined Pacific Ale, Lager and Jasper Ale in our core range of beers. From its first release in 2012, it’s quenched the thirsts of beer garden drinkers across the country.
Intended as Stone Beer’s Summer equivalent, we originally added Juniper Berries to the brew instead of hops, paying homage to the way beer was brewed in the middle ages. We had planned to change up the recipe with every Summer that rolled around but when the heat hit in 2014, we had discovered the Ella hop… Ella was so perfect that we scraped all the other hops into a pile in the corner of the brewery and threw the juniper berries on top. So perfect was this hop, that blending it with anything else would only sully it’s purity. The calm peachy roundness with gentle grapefruit smoothness typifies exactly what a sunny afternoon in a Northern River’s garden* is like.
We held off releasing it further then our backyard beyond the balmy months until we knew we had the capacity. For us good things take time, but this was a hard decision as we knew both punters and our good customers were keen to drink and serve a sessionable beer that doesn’t compromise on flavour .
So here we are, just over mid way through 2015 and we are bringing Garden Ale into our core range and making it available year round, both on tap and in 330ml bottles. Venue listing of where to find Garden Ale here.
Garden Ale reflects our values and our philosophy of ‘less is more’ as a sessionable beer that’s best enjoyed in your favourite beer garden or at a backyard BBQ with mates. It’s a beer that’s simply good to drink.
* For any beer garden for that matter
Not-for-profits with DGR status are able to apply for a grant
Our Peach Bellini Sour is ready to get down
Our next Pilot Batch Brewer heading up the brew deck for the next 3 months.
Bring back your favourite Counter Culture Beers!
The sacred quest for our Honey Toasted Hazy IPA is complete
We look back at what we did during this wild year.