Stone & Wood have been given council approval to relocate to new purpose-built premises on Centennial Circuit that will be visible from Ewingsdale Rd.
Jasmin Daly from the local independent brewer said visitors to Byron often visited the Stone & Wood premises. ‘The new site will continue to show people what we’re all about. It is not a bar but they will be able to see the brewery and our team in action, taste our beers, and it will be a space to connect with our community.’
While most of the high-volume production of core beers will still be done in Murwillumbah, the Byron brewery will continue to brew pilot batches and limited releases, as well as housing the tasting room and offices. The existing site deep in the industrial estate will continue to offer tours to tourists and locals until the new premises open, at which stage it will be closed to the public.
Local firm Harley Graham Architects designed the building; the project architect was Hayley Pryor. ‘Our aim is to show the working brewery, and all the bits that make it up,’ said Harley Graham, ‘but one of the most important parts of the brief was that it wasn’t so much about visiting a brewery, it was about experiencing the Stone & Wood family – you can see people working in their office, see the vats, and see how the whole thing works.
‘Hence it’s a very open building. It is also very sustainable; there’s natural ventilation flowing through hanging gardens, the air will filter through a green courtyard, and with misters blowing recycled water onto the plants it will create a special indoor/outdoor space with a campus feel to build community between the public and the staff’, said Mr Graham.