Proof that size doesn't matter. In a shed at the bottom of a driveway in Melbourne's outer suburbs, with tanks cooled by water from the backyard swimming pool, began the story of Kooinda - a tiny brewery producing a big, big beer.
In the middle of the last decade, four mates decided their home brewing skills were worthy of a wider audience and spent their spare time over several years amassing, designing and building a brewery with the help of friends and family. Finally - having produced six kids between them in the meantime - they secured a license and released the first batch of their full-bodied, richly malty and highly hopped Pale Ale in 2008.
They've since moved their operation to an industrial unit in the north of Melbourne, where they still fit much of their work around family life, pulling in mates to help with bottling and delivery runs. The move has allowed them to expand - and expand. What's more, the Pale has become one of a wider range of regular releases, including a hugely popular and huge black IPA, a witbier and a milk porter. On top of that are occasional seasonal releases, such as the karakaberry witbier.
The move has also allowed them to convert part of the warehouse into a brewery bar, complete with snooker table, big screen TV and plenty of seating. Opening hours are few due to licensing constraints, but it's a great place - when open - to sample their beers as fresh as can be. And, as of the end of 2013, that sampling takes place in the shadow of a row of large stainless tanks, after Kooi completed it's latest round of expansion