Some of The Echo crew were treated to a fun tour of the Byron home of Stone & Wood brewing recently. While one of the most interesting bits was our pseudo-scientific tasting of the actual beers, the tours, which are open all year to members of the general public, impart a wealth of information on different hops and brewing techniques.
While the growing national popularity of the local brew has seen them establish a second plant in Murwillumbah, the old bottling line (producing a paltry 1,000 bottles an hour on a good day) is still in existence, and the Byron birthplace of the brewery itself is used to brew limited releases as well as housing the pilot brewery for experimental batches.
While some of The Echo crew who had tried the pilot brew at The Rails were initially taken aback by the Gose, a rare German beer style described as salty and sour, finishing with a touch of funk, it was interesting to hear it tipped as the sort of style that may well be more widespread in the future.
Brewery located at Boronia Place, Byron Arts and Industry Estate. Book tours at www.stoneandwood.com.au/byron-brewery.