When Byron’s Stone & Wood crew heard that residents from Uniting Caroona, an aged-care home in Yamba, had started their very own home-brew club, they jumped at the opportunity to invite a few of those passionate souls to visit their brewery in Byron.
Jasmin Daly from Stone & Wood told The Echo that The Caroona brew club was founded by a few of the residents who had previously enjoyed home brewing before moving into care, had worked as publicans in their younger years, or who had thoroughly adored the fifty-plus years of beer drinking they could account for.
‘Late last year the club cracked the lids off their very first Pale Ale and have brewed two more of the Residents Homebrew since,’ she said, ‘with members assuring us of its quality and taste! However, the success of the club is not solely attributed to the brews it produces, but its ability to bring residents closer together, engage them in a tasty project and inspire their creativity!
‘We were lucky enough to enjoy a barbecue lunch and exchange brewing stories with a few of the residents, together appreciating the simple things that sharing a beer can bring.’
Stone & Wood fundraising success
Stone & Wood have also been active in fundraising recently. They raised more than $25,000 from their Open Day for Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Support.
Managing director Ben Summons from Stone & Wood said, ‘I am really proud that from generous donations made at the gate by the community and at the stall managed by Wedgetail Retreat and Tweed Palliative Care, along with the beer sold throughout the day, we collectively raised $25,375 for this incredible community organisation.’