By Simon Haslam
It’s certainly been a very dry start to spring, perhaps even a dream run if you are a beer brewer. Some people would say it’s not exactly a hard life selling beer, but in a bid to make their life even more enjoyable some of the Stone & Wood crew are again setting off on their annual pilgrimage: an east-coast road trip from Byron to Sydney.
Taking more than a month, the meandering break from real work will finally end at the Sydney Beer Week, but if you are anywhere along the coast you are welcome to join them, hear some live music, eat some food and have some cold beers served from ‘Clyde’, their Landcruiser beer truck.
When they drop in to coastal towns on the way to Sydney, they often serve up few Karma Kegs to support local community causes and charities.
The first stop on the way is Yamba, where they will be visiting the home brewers of the Caroona retirement home. In March, The Echo reported on the brewers’ visit to the Stone & Wood headquarters in Byron, and now the Stone & Wood crew are returning the favour, before having a surf and then doing a ‘tap takeover’ at the pub.
This Wednesday 20 September the Pacific Hotel at Yamba from 3pm the ‘tap takeover’ will commence, so drop in if you are in the area.
The next few days of the arduous schedule are: Thursday 21 September from 5pm at Wooli Hotel Motel – raising funds for the marine rescue and local school.
Friday 22 September from 4pm at the Federal Hotel Bellingen – pouring $5 schooners. Local band The Funk Thieves will be playing.
Saturday 23 September: Port Macquarie Beer & Cider Festival. Apparently there is a keg toss and keg roll competition and more than 50 craft beers and ciders available for tasting.
The rest of the Stone & Wood tour schedule has been redacted from this paper owing to the psychological damage caused to hardworking Echo staff by reading about people whose ‘job’ it is to go on beer tours.
If you really want to see the whole schedule visit www.stoneandwood.com.au.