15.4 C
Byron Shire
May 28, 2024

Do you Wandana another beer?

Latest News

The Red Heart project helps African women recycle pads 

Something that we don’t always stop to think about is how African women access menstrual and hygiene products – pads, tampons, moon cups, sponges or other ways to manage that monthly bleed. 

Other News

Flood 2022

I congratulate Lismore’s Trinity College work experience student Bella Clay on her article (Echo, April 26), relating her family’s...

Reconstruction Authority review submissions deadline extended

The closing date for submissions to a statutory review into the NSW Reconstruction Authority Act 2022 has been extended until Monday, 17 June.

A long story

I see that Israel supporters take exception to the expression ‘from the river to the sea’ as meaning that...

Who is responsible?

Teenage (stabbing) crime. Here I go again! Why are these kids allowed out of the house before their parents...

Eight days in and search parties continue to search bush for Mullum man Gage Wilson

Local Byron Shire man Gage Wilson has now been missing for eight days and his family and friends have been organising search parties to look for him.  

Rally demands action over Gaza

As the crisis in Gaza continues to escalate, a march through Byron’s streets last Saturday demanded immediate action from the Australian Labor government to stop the genocide and mass starvation of the Palestinian civilian population in Gaza.

The new brewers at Wandana, Kristine and Rupert Brown. Photo Jeff ‘don’t mind a brewskie or twoskie’ Dawson

Brian Mollet

With pandemic panic engulfing the globe and the smart money hiding out in safe havens, far from the winds of misfortune, you won’t hear too many stories over the next few months about people opening up a new business. Mullumbimby couple, Rupert Brown and his wife Kristine, are busy bucking that trend – launching the Wandana brewery over the weekend in the Mullumbimby industrial estate, near the Leagues club, with little fanfare and all of the protocols in place.

‘Although I grew up in Mullum, I travelled for years, and eventually ended up working as a director, filming ads in Sydney, which is where I met Kris, who was a producer. When online advertising and the decline of free-to-air TV kicked in, and with a young family in tow, we realised we would have to re-place ourselves in the workforce’, says Rupert.

With Rupert’s passion for brewing beer as their main inspiration, they dared to dream the dream. Finding the right location was the first hurdle. ‘We had a venue in Billinudgel that fell through at the last moment, but when the old Mullum Removals site came up, we knew it was the right choice.’

With its spectacular views of the sun setting over Mt Chincogan, and a spacious interior, the site fitted their business model of a boutique brewery and venue. Work got underway last year, and although they have raised some working capital from investors amongst their friends, they largely own the company themselves. Then the COVID-19 crisis hit. ‘We were 90 per cent there, and you don’t stop when you’re that far along. Beer was already brewing’, says Rupert.

Music is the yeast of life

According to a study by the University of Wellington, yeast activates more quickly and thoroughly when exposed to music. Rupert has speakers installed over each of his brewing tanks that amplify sounds into the tanks as they are fermenting. ‘Hops taste very different according to where they are grown. I thought it was appropriate to play music to the brew from the area it was grown in.’ So the beer you drink from Wandana might have local hops that has been brewed with reggae and blues music played to it, bitter north American hops that have had grunge music played (think Kurt Cobain et al), or a German hops that has spent its short life listening to authentic polka music. ‘I had to turn the polka music down a bit, just for my own sanity’, says Rupert.

Future brews will include a pilsner that has been reared on a diet of Bach and Mozart, and a porter that has developed in the sound waves of Irish and Celtic tunes. The brews are available for takeaway sales from the premises, canned or decanted into an insulated stainless steel flask called a ‘growler’. The ‘growler’ holds a six-pack and is perfect for taking to a barbeque, for example, and is a textbook case of a no-waste enterprise solution. ‘Beer is like any other food, it tastes better fresh’, says Rupert. Having tasted the result, I must agree, the big breweries have just lost my custom.

 

• Wandana Brewing, 20 Manns Rd, Mullumbimby.
wandanabrewingco.com.au


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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

First observations of meltwater eating away at Antarctic ice shelves

Scientists who have witnessed Antarctic ice shelf decay are escalating concerns that rising air temperatures will push these frozen masses to unprecedented fractures.

MP Saffin clarifies claims around flood recovery

The office of Lismore Labor MP, Janelle Saffin, has made the claim that ‘No government, state or federal, has cut the funding promised for Resilient Homes and Resilient Land programs’ for 2022 flood recovery – see letters page 11.

Ballina council to send damning Richmond River report to ministers

A majority of Ballina Shire Councillors has voted to send a damning report on the Richmond River catchment to relevant state and federal ministers.

Who is responsible?

Teenage (stabbing) crime. Here I go again! Why are these kids allowed out of the house before their parents take stock of their kitchen...