24.6 C
Byron Shire
March 9, 2021

Who owns the breweries?

Latest News

Where does a lack of empathy lead us? 

Democracy, as a concept and a form of governance, was first introduced by the Greeks around 507 BC.

Other News

Question for Bob Carr

Simon Alderton, Murwillumbah I hope Kerry O’Brien asks Bob Carr (in their ‘conversations’ at Byron Theatre on Friday, 5 March) if...

Koala groups lobby Tweed MP Geoff Provest for action

Local koala groups have been taking action to protect NSW koalas by meeting with Tweed State Member of Parliament, Geoff Provest seeking his support for action on koala protections and asking him not to support the koala killing legislation his government are putting forward.

Byron’s new road: the good and not so

After more than 30 years of talk, debate, disagreements, tears and political gridlock, Byron Bay has a new road to divert traffic from the CBD to the southern end of town.

No more MOs for Tweed Shire

In a move that may have surprised some council watchers, it was the conservative councillors who voted in favour of keeping multiple occupancies (MO) in Tweed Shire.

Byron’s rail reactivation saga continues

Byron Council will consider funding further investigations into getting trains back on the tracks in the Shire, despite strong criticisms of the reports on the matter that have been prepared to date.

Magic mushrooms

David Gilet, Byron Bay As noted in David Heilpern’s article (24 February), with drugs, whether medicinal or recreational, dosage is a...

By Simon Haslam

Hopefully over Easter you discovered a rare craft beer, preferably brewed by an anarchist collective in a garage in Fitzroy or a previously unheard-of tribe of Taswegians, with some punny name like Scotchness Monster or Here we Joe Again.

But who really owns the craft beer industry? More than 170 beer and cider brewers are exhibiting at the GABS festival, for example, but large global brewers regularly buy out the small breweries, and also launch their own brands that, on the surface, look like small breweries.

One hilarious example is 4 Pines, whose ‘Our Story’ starts with: ‘4 Pines was born more than a decade ago from a casual conversation between a father and son, post surf, who simply wanted an exceptional beer…’. It is owned by the world’s largest brewer, AB InBev, but its website still has a crafty old-time font and plenty of heart-warming kooky messages about the community and workers (referred to as ‘our family’).

Some businesses, such as New Belgium Brewing Co in USA, have taken the direction of employee ownership, and are 100 per cent employee owned.

Local brewer Stone & Wood say they are inspired by the idea of being a village brewery, and part of their idea is that all their employees will become owners of the business in the future, alongside the founders. After a year with the brewery, you become eligible for the share offer, and they say 72 per cent of the team are now owners in the business.

‘Our share scheme not only gives the team a sense of pride and ownership when they come to work each day, but it has the potential to generate a nest egg for them and their family over time,’ said managing director Ben Summons. ‘We believe that to create a sustainable business for generations to come, we all need to have skin in the game.’

Visit the local brewery

If you’ve always wondered whether it would feel any good to throw in your job as a corporate bean-counter and go to work in a real brewery, you can go and check out the Stone & Wood Murwillumbah brewery on Saturday 14 April.

It’s family friendly, with a kids’ entertainment area, jumping castle, face painting, local live music, art and market stalls and local food trucks JR Smokehouse and Juju’s.

There will, of course, be beers, as well as a coffee cart and non-alcoholic options, but when you tire of drinking beer, eating, and listening to music in the sun you can take a brewery tour. Beers will be $6, with a gold coin entry donation with all profits raised from them going to local charities.

On offer will be the tribute to Murwillumbah Swamp Beer, which pays homage to a legendary local tale of a semitrailer carrying pallets of beer that ran off the Pacific Highway around Easter 2001. In the rush to clear the highway ahead of Easter traffic, the beer was simply cut from the trailer and let fall into the river, with the intention of salvaging it after the holiday.

However, the locals wasted no time diving into the river to salvage whatever they could, with the whole event making an hilarious video that was a finalist in Tropfest 2002 (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnUe_8WS7xo).

More info: Sat 14 April 11am–5pm, 35 Kite Cres, Murwillumbah. Bus timetable to be announced soon. See https://www.stoneandwood.com.au/murwillumbah-brewery-open-day-2018/.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

A Lego load of fun on the Gold Coast

A place for water dragons to thrive was the theme of a construction competition at Southern Cross University (SCU) yesterday. The tricky part was making the build with Lego.

Kingscliff, trucks, and development – what’s the right outcome?

The debate over the movement of fill via the Tweed Coast Road and through Kingscliff to fill future development sites has been considered by residents, Tweed Shire Councillors, and staff at the last two planning meetings and a workshop in between.

Spring into Scavenge in Lismore this Saturday

Different, fun and rewarding are some of the words used to describe what's going to unfold in Lismore this weekend.

Van life

David Pettifer, Uki In reply to today’s article by the ABC Van Lifers I believe there is an opportunity for both sides to benefit. There is a...