Stone & Wood

The Stone & Wood story is the closest you'll come to a fairy tale in the world of Australian brewing. It's the story of three friends who'd done rather well for themselves in the world of big league brewing and decided to head off and do it for themselves in one of the country's most beautiful spots. And it's a story that has got off to a flying start, with their two core beers already proving popular across Australia and one being spoken of as the new classic Aussie ale.

The three friends are Brad Rogers, Jamie Cook and Ross Jurisich, who worked together at Matilda Bay, CUB's craft beer arm, having come through the ranks at Foster's. During that time, Brad tweaked old recipes and introduced a number of impressive limited release beers at the Garage brewery before the trio decided to up sticks to Byron Bay and start their own brewery in 2008. As they state on their website: "Our dream was to quit 'working for the man', shed the corporate garbage and get back to basics."

They kicked off with two core beers, a Pale Lager created in a subtle Germanic style, and a Draught Ale inspired by the beers made by European microbreweries that were designed to be drunk fresh within a few kilometres of the brewery. The latter – which uses all Australian ingredients and is the best example yet of the qualities of the Galaxy hop – proved so popular when a few kegs were sent further afield that it had to be packaged too to meet drinkers' demands. As a result, at the end of 2010 it was renamed Pacific Ale given it had left its draught roots well behind. Occasional limited releases, such as the Stone Beer made using hot stones in an ancient technique, an unfiltered kellerbier and beers made with non-beer industry collaborators under The Mash Collective banner have followed, along with Jasper, a red ale available year round..

Such has been the phenomenal success of the Pacific Ale that they reached a point where it was physically impossible to fit any more fermenters into their Byron Bay home – or work any more hours in the day. So, in the first half of 2014 a second, larger site was opened in Murwillumbah to help meet the insatiable demand for Pacific Ale at which they keep adding more breweries and tanks.

With the opening of the new brewery, the original site in Byron has become more of a hub for the public to come and experience what Stone & wood is about, as well as the place they brew their limited run beers. Look out for the occasional special event featuring new beer releases, local artists and the best of local produce, or join one of the daily brewery tours and enjoy a sample or two at the tasting bar. If you're just passing through, the cellar door is open every day for brewery-fresh takeaway beer.

Name
Stone & Wood
Address

4 Boronia Place
Byron Bay
NSW 2481

Phone
(02) 6685 5173
Website
Hours

Cellar Door
Mon to Fri – 10am to 5pm
Sat and Sun – midday to 6pm

Tasting room
Mon to Fri – 10am to 5pm
Sat and Sun – midday to 6pm

Tours

Mon to Fri – 11am and 3pm (except Tues)
Sat and Sun – 2pm and 4pm

$10 per person. Includes tour, five beer tastings and a schooner of your favourite. Bookings essential. Contact the brewery to confirm.

The Regulars

Stone & Wood Green Coast Lager

Tapped Fri Sep 4 2015
Spring is usually a good time for a refresh. And that's what's happened at Stone & Wood. They've taken their Lager – their second biggest-selling beer – and given it a makeover. It's one that starts on the surface, with the bottles switching from green to brown (which provides better protection against "skunking" by light) and continues inside with the packaged beer now to be the same one you may have had on tap: unfiltered. The new beer has a new name too; just as the likes of ··· Read more
Style
Kellerbier
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

Available nationwide

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped Tue Aug 18 2015
Stone & Wood's Garden Ale has been around in one form or another as an annual release for a few years now, originally featuring juniper berries before landing upon what is the current recipe. If you lived close to the brewery, you could get it year round, however. And now, as of August 2015, so can everyone else. The beer – a sub-four percent ABV beer inspired by summertime beer garden quaffing, has joined stablemates Pacific Ale, Jasper and Lager as a permanent nationwide release, available ··· Read more
Style
English Bitter
Strength
3.8%

Stone & Wood Jasper

Anyone paying close attention to goings on at Stone & Wood for the past couple of years, if asked to choose what style of beer they might next add to their roster, may well have plumped for a red-hued ale. Their beer for last year's inaugural Great Australasian Beer Spectapular was the Red Relief Ale, while they've been tweaking their annual Stone Beer release year-on-year too. And so it is, with the Jasper - inspired by the colour of the earth of the hinterland that borders their Byron Bay home ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
4.7%

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

The beer formerly known as Draught Ale is rapidly becoming an Aussie classic. A beer made in Byron Bay that is exactly what you'd want after a hot day enjoying Byron Bay, it uses all Aussie malts and the Australian Galaxy hop from start to finish to create a refreshing quaffer with few equals. Originally designed to be served on tap within close range of the brewery (hence the original name) it couldn't be contained, with word spreading far and wide and the brewers caving in to popular demand. Awash ··· Read more
Style
Australian Ale
Strength
4.4%

Stone & Wood Pale Lager

The first beer released by Stone & Wood is their recreation of the pale lagers favoured by German brewers, inspired by days enjoying steins in Munich's beer gardens. Using imported German grain and noble European hops, the former lends it honeyed and biscuity characteristics, the latter a subtle bitterness. Another refreshing quaffer borne of its surroundings. ··· Read more
Style
Pale Lager
Strength
4.7%

The Specials

Stone & Wood & Willie Simpson Forefathers 2016

Tapped Mon Aug 22 2016
In 2015, Stone & Wood decided to start paying tribute to the people without whom the local beer landscape would look very little like it does today. They did so by inviting Phil Sexton, a founder of the Sail & Anchor, Matilda Bay and Little Creatures (and much else besides) to brew with them. And now, for their second Forefathers release, they invited Willie Simpson up from Tasmania to join them at the brewery. For those who've not heard of Willie, he's a guy who, for some reason even he ··· Read more
Style
Doppelbock
Strength
7.0%
Stockists

Find Forefathers 2016 from August 22 here

Stone & Wood Brewing Stone Beer 2016

Tapped Sat May 21 2016
Stone & Wood's Stone Beer has become more than an annual release that pays homage to an old brewing style (while making use of head brewer Brad Roger's collection of volcanic stones). These days, the brewery uses it as an excuse to bring friends from the beer world to its Byron Bay home for a day long celebration of what they do as a fire is built, rocks heated and then added to the beer in the kettle. One imagines there's plenty of celebration going on around the brewery now too, following their ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Find it here

Stone & Wood Big Scrub New Age Lager

Tapped Thu Apr 21 2016
When up in Byron Bay earlier this month, there were a few new, yet-to-come and probably-won't-be-seen-widely things to spy and sample along the way. There was Baltic porter on tap in the morning, a pilot batch Belgian tripel and new Fixation beer still in tank, the brewing of this year's Stone Beer and hints of new projects of a more physical nature. But they managed to keep Big Scrub quiet (unless we weren't listening at that point) despite the fact it was ready for release. It's the latest in their ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Find it here

Stone & Wood The Forager 2016

Tapped Thu Jan 21 2016
Stone & Wood has kicked off 2016 with a new beer that will be the first in an ongoing seasonal series. It's called The Forager and they say the inspiration, as for many of their beers, comes from their home turf in Northern New South Wales and "the search for wild food and a slower way of living". The intention is that each Forager will feature a different recipe that makes use of herbs and spices sourced locally. That said, while past releases – particularly under their Mash Collective ··· Read more
Style
Witbier
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Find your nearest Forager here

Stone & Wood Mash Collective: Dead East Ale

Tapped Mon Oct 19 2015
The Mash Collective is Stone & Wood's side project that sees them unite their brewers with colourful, creative characters who call their part of the world home. For the fifth release – following last year's epic Heartbreaker – the guest collaborators were artist Paul McNeil, surfer Asher Pacey and restaurateur Jeff Bennett, who sat down with the brewers in Byron Bay, worked their way through a broad range of beers, decided what they'd like to encapsulate their brew, and ended up with Dead ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
30-35 IBU
Stockists

Find stockists here

Stone & Wood Forefathers Phil Sexton English Brown

Tapped Wed Aug 26 2015
What better way to educate the new generation of beer drinkers about the past than via beer? That's what Stone & Wood is doing with its Forefathers series, annual releases they'll create in conjunction with people they acknowledge as pivotal in beer's renaissance in Australia. First to the oche is Phil Sexton, co-founder of the Sail & Anchor, Matilda Bay and Little Creatures (not to mention the creator of the first ever American IPA and founder of multiple wineries) with whom they've conceived ··· Read more
Style
English Brown
Strength
4.8%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Stone & Wood Smoky Jasper 2015

Tapped Wed Jul 8 2015
Last year, the Stone & Wood brewers had a play with the red ale, Jasper, that probably gets the least attention of all beer in their core range from drinkers. Back then, the brewers – inspired fires in the local cane fields – gathered some local paperbark and set about smoking some malt, then added some traditional German smoked malt and worked it into the original Jasper recipe to which it added a "distinct smoldering character". This time around, the reworking has a similarly ··· Read more
Style
Smoked Red Ale
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

Find stockists nationwide here

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2015

Tapped Sat May 16 2015
Earlier this year, Stone & Wood once again invited friends from inside and outside the beer world to their Byron Bay home for the annual brewing of their Stone Beer – the one that involves heating volcanic rocks from Fiji in a fire on the driveway before dropping them into the kettle then transferring the liquid to the fermenter. Matt King, our Crafty Pint SA, was there to ensure the brew went smoothly by drinking beer as it took place up, right up until the rocks were added not too long before ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
6.4%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Stone & Wood Beers of the Earth

Tapped Wed Apr 1 2015
What is it they say about great minds thinking alike? In the same month, two of the country's biggest, most successful and fastest-growing breweries have released mixed six-packs and, not only that, the concepts behind them are eerily similar. As we've posted elsewhere on the site, Sydney's 4 Pines has released the Bastard Children of the British Empire, their attempt to tell the story of the evolution of pale ale from its first appearances in the UK through the US, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium. ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Bitterness
Various
Stockists

Find the beers here: http://stoneandwood.com.au/beers-of-the-earth/

Stone & Wood New Season Pacific Ale

Tapped Sat Mar 21 2015
Year round, it's the beer that showcases the Galaxy hop better than any other and now Stone & Wood is offering fans close to its Byron Bay / Northern River homes a chance to taste it with the freshest hops possible. A phalanx of young brewers and reps from the ever-expanding NSW brewery headed to the hop fields of Tasmania to see Galaxy (and its sisters) on home territory. According to one, Hugh Doyle: "I will never forget breaking apart the plucked Galaxy hop from the bine. The smell ··· Read more
Style
Wet Hop Pacific Ale
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

For availability, head here – http://stoneandwood.com.au/new-season-pacific-ale/

Stone & Wood Ale Pack

Tapped Fri Nov 14 2014
The story behind the arrival on bottleshop shelves of a new mixed, large bottle six-pack from Stone & Wood for summer starts with the Cloud Catcher. The beer originally released to mark the opening of a second brewery at Murrwillumbah – a delightful fruit salad explosion – proved so popular that the brewers were inundated with requests to bring it back. We can well understand this as when we were lucky enough to be given a pre-release sample at the brewery earlier this year we got about as ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Stockists

To find your nearest stockist, head here.

Stone & Wood Limited Release Lager

Tapped Wed Oct 22 2014
Making the most of the relative freedom before the summer onslaught demands both their breweries knock out nothing but Pacific Ale, the Stone & Wood team continues what's been, by their standards, a deluge of limited release beers. This one is something of a twist on their lager and sounds a little like past Kellerbier releases, albeit rather larger. The beer chosen to mark the arrival of Spring takes its inspiration from Germany – and its hops from there too. Coinciding with the Northern Hemisphere ··· Read more
Style
Unfiltered Lager
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Check out the venues it's hitting taps here.

Stone & Wood Mash Collective 4: Heartbreaker

Tapped Tue Sep 23 2014
There must be something in the air. At the same time that The Crafty Pint’s younger brother was getting a sleeve tattoo based on the old pipe-smoking dude from the original Mash Collective beer, Amasia, on one side of the planet, Mash Collective number 4 was making its way into bottles and kegs here in Australia. For those new to the concept, this Stone & Wood side project sees them bring together eclectic groups of people to conceive, design and brew a beer, as well as providing its accompanying ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Red Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Find it in draught and bottle form at these stockists nationwide

Stone & Wood Limited Release Jasper

Tapped Wed Sep 3 2014
With the huge, self-inflicted obstacle that was Australia's insatiable desire for Pacific Ale just about cleared thanks to the opening of brewery number two, the brewers at the original Stone & Wood site in Byron Bay have a little more time to play around. Play around or, perhaps more accurately, "sit around in The Rails and talk about beer". Apparently it was one such evening that inspired this twist on Jasper, the red ale that is the third beer in their year round range. Rather poetically, ··· Read more
Style
Smoked Red Ale
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

Find it on tap here

Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher

Tapped Tue Jul 8 2014
To mark the opening of their second brewery in the Northern Rivers region of NSW (and presumably also marking the sense of relief that comes with being able to supply Pacific Ale to the many who've been craving it), Stone & Wood created a new beer. Taking its name from the Aboriginal name for Mt Warning, which stands over the new site in Murwillumbah, it's as much a celebration of what the brewery stands for too. In other words, it's bright and balanced and comes chockfull of Aussie hops. It ··· Read more
Style
Australian Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Find Cloud Catcher here

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 2014

Tapped Tue May 13 2014
Hang around the beer world long enough and smile nicely for long enough and, chances are, at some point you may get the chance to become involved in a brew. Usually, this will take the form of adding some grain or hops, pushing the odd button or, most likely, being asked to shovel the spent grain out of the mash tun so the brewer doesn't have to. With Stone & Wood's Stone Beer, there's a chance to take things a little further. Each year, the brewery invites friends, family and peers to join them ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
6.9%
Stockists

Use the brewery's Beer Finder to locate your nearest drop

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped Mon Feb 2 2015
The masters of the session beer are back with the nationwide release of the Garden Ale that's available year round only in their home region. This year's release is the same as the tweaked version from 2014, with the Ella hop to the fore, used during the brew and for dry-hopping. The Garden refers to it being the sort of copper-coloured beer you'd quaff in a beer garden, quite probably a British one on of their few days of summer. There are floral, peach and faintly tropical hop aromas and a more ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
3.8%
Stockists

Find Garden Ale here

The Mash Collective Old Persuader

Tapped Fri Oct 11 2013
The first two beers created by Stone & Wood's impermanent Mash Collective side project pushed the style boundaries. Debut Amasia was a strong, dark, German style wheat beer brewed with molasses and rum; number two, Aureus Chrysalis, fused the Belgian Dubbel and smoky Scotch Ale styles. So where would they head with number three, particularly as the Collective this time around features the Sydney artists behind some of Dinosaur Jr's artwork, Sydney-based Swedish photographer Ingvar Kenne, an award-winning ··· Read more
Style
Strong Lager
Strength
6.6%
Stockists

FInd it here

Stone & Wood Stone Beer

Tapped Thu May 16 2013
For a bunch of brewers on the cutting edge of the modern Australian brewing scene, the guys at Stone & Wood don't mind taking inspiration from Marsellus Wallace once in a while. Well, once in a year, to be precise. As that's when they invite friends and family to their Byron Bay and "get Medieval on your arse". Well, not your arse so much as a bunch of volcanic rocks that co-founder and head brewer Brad Rogers has been lugging around since his days brewing in Fiji. They're heated in ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
7.2%
Stockists

Check out Stone & Wood's Beer Finder for your nearest stockist.

As well as the standard 500ml bottles, Stone & Wood are also selling 'vintage packs' which consist of a 500ml swing-top, ceramic bottle and a sta

Mash Collective Aureus Chrysalis

Tapped Mon Apr 1 2013
A chef, musician, furniture maker, engineer and tattoo artist walk into a brewery... and out pops the Aureas Chrysalis. It's the second release from Stone & Wood's occasional side project, the Mash Collective, which sees them bring together eclectic collections of creative people to concoct new beers. Having launched the first Mash Collective beer at the 2012 GABS, this time their select band included leading tattoo artist Trevor Bennett, home brewer Richard Grant who won a competition at last ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel / Scotch Ale
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

Tapped Wed Nov 28 2012
It's not too often that Stone & Wood release a short run beer, what with having to brew six million litres of Pacific Ale every day to meet demand. But in time for summer comes the Garden Ale, a sub-four per cent ale with its eyes firmly fixed on the post-lawnmower set. Like the Stone Beer, there's inspiration from the past, with juniper berries added to the boil in a nod to pre-hop days when brewers would raid their gardens for ingredients. According to Stone & Wood, the berries are said ··· Read more
Style
Session Ale
Strength
3.8%
Stockists

Get your thorn-pricked gloves on some here

Stone & Wood Stone Beer (2012)

Tapped Mon Jul 23 2012
This year saw a change in direction for the Byron brewers' annual stone beer. Sure, they still pulled out the same stones from Fiji and heated them in a wood fire on the driveway outside the brewery. And they still lifted them, when white hot, into a metal cage and lowered them into the brew to let them work their caramelising magic. But elsewhere, it was all change with an all new recipe that saw the beer become a much bigger affair. That it's a new beer is apparent from the moment it hits the glass: ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
7.2%
Stockists

Find it here

Stone & Wood Stone Beer (2011)

Tapped Mon Aug 1 2011
Given the runaway success of their Pacific Ale, the Stone & Wood team has little time to do anything but brew batch after batch of it these days (well, when not surfing or hanging out at the beach, anyway). But they do like to find time for their annual Stone Beer brew, the beer that involves head brewer Brad Rogers pulling out the rocks he's been lugging around since his days brewing in Fiji, superheating them over a fire and using them in the brewing process. It's a recreation of an ancient ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
5.3%

Stone & Wood Red Relief

Tapped Sat Feb 12 2011
Originally under construction for The Local Taphouse's Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular - and intended as a prototype for a potential third permanent member of the brewery's lineup - this beer became a fundraising tool when the floods hit Queensland early in 2011. Given it's a red beer and it was hoping to raise around $20,000 for the Flood Relief appeal, the name came easy. As for the beer, it's a darker beast than anything (except perhaps their occasional Stone Beer release) to come out of the ··· Read more
Style
Red Ale
Strength
4.7%

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