By S Haslam
No more same-same! If there’s one thing people in Byron seem to value, and rightly so, it’s the right to think, feel, party, talk and yes I guess brew beer, as we want.
Local brewer Stone and Wood’s founders all came from jobs in the major breweries, and they understand how important it is, and how difficult it can be, to compete against and to stand up to the big boys. Founder Jamie Cook gets it; he is the head honcho (okay, he’s actually the chairman) of the Independent Brewers Association, comprising members of some 600 breweries who operate across Australia.
We get the whole independence thing too, here at The Echo, which is why we’re very keen about Indie Beer Day this Saturday 26 October. At 2pm AEST beer lovers will be raising a glass for a national ‘cheers’ to raise awareness of the independent industry that employs people doing it the best way.
What better place to do it than at the Tasting Room of the Stone & Wood brewery in Byron with pop-up bars, drinks (including from independent brewers Fixation and Forest for the Trees)… and they even have ‘roving nibbles’.
Some days in our corporatised, banal world it’s hard to be independent, but Saturday isn’t one of them. See you there!
26 October 2pm Stone & Wood.
Stone and Wood. 100 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay.