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 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. Having committed to never outsourcing any of their beer production, they had been forced to keep the major retail chains begging for beer they couldn't supply but now, with the second brewery handling Pacific, and the original brewery pretty much everything else, the drought is just about over.

Name
Stone & Wood
Address

4 Boronia Place
Byron Bay
NSW 2481

Phone
(02) 6685 5173
Website
Tours

By appointment

The Regulars

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 - joining the Pacific and Lager as a year-round release. Quite how they found time to introduce it given the ever-surging demand for their Pacific and constant expansion is a small wonder; that it's a beer boasting balance and repeat drinkability isn't. It's the brewery's trademark and the Jasper, which they describe as something of a German Alt, American Amber, British Brown Ale hybrid, blends some sweet and toasty caramel and chocolate malt flavours with some subtle, earthy and gently spicy ··· 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 with passionfruit, citrus and tropical fruit aromas and flavours, with just a hint of bitterness and some zest from the addition of wheat, it's a cloudy, unfiltered joy of a beer. ··· 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 Stone Beer 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 midnight. The beer was launched at the brewery's Festival of the Stone in Byron Bay and is set to appear nationwide following its Melbourne launch at Surfari during Good Beer Week. When it comes your way, you can look out for a different beer to those that have come before. It's lower in ABV than the past couple of vintages and features a new recipe based around the use of 11 (count 'em!) different malts alongside some old school Euro hops. What's their mantra? Keep it simple – pah! The result ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
6.4%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Released Sat May 16

Stone & Wood Beers of the Earth

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. And, at the same time, Stone & Wood has released Beers of the Earth, a tour of some of the world's classic beer styles via six beers. The number six made sense as that is the number of tanks now left at their home brewery in Byron Bay, with the remainder having made the short trip up the road to the bigger production facility at Murwillumbah. And the six beer styles chosen are about as classic as you could wish for. London Porter – 5.1% & 25 IBU – a relatively light-bodied dark ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Bitterness
Various
Stockists

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

Released Wed Apr 1

Stone & Wood New Season Pacific Ale

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 of the hope exploded with a fresh fruit aromatic that can only be experienced while you're standing in the field. It was like a Pacific Ale on hyper volume!" The brewers then looked to capture that fresh hop character in a single batch brew of the beer, the New Season Pacific Ale (or Pac Ale as it seems to be known closer to its source). We planned to sample some at the Brewsvegas launch party but it had sold out by the time we got there and managed to miss a train back from an event in Ipswich thus ··· Read more
Style
Wet Hop Pacific Ale
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

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

Released Sat Mar 21

Stone & Wood Ale Pack

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 far as two sips before asking: "Will you be making it a permanent release?" So bring it back they have, with a new label design to boot. And, realising they had plenty to go around, they decided to mix things up a little too, packaging one Cloud Catcher alongside two bottles each of their ubiquitous Pacific Ale and red ale Jasper as well as a single bottle of Garden Ale, the British pub garden style quaffer that's available year round in their Northern NSW haunts but only seasonally for the rest ··· Read more
Style
Various
Strength
Various
Stockists

To find your nearest stockist, head here.

Released Fri Nov 14 2014

Stone & Wood Limited Release Lager

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 hop harvest – not to mention the end of Oktoberfest season – they've dosed this relatively high alcohol, unfiltered lager with heaps of Spalt, one of the original four "noble hops" – those originally grown in Central Europe. The brewers are calling it "the most noble of German hops" and say to look out for "an earthy spiced freshness and a dry clean finish". ··· Read more
Style
Unfiltered Lager
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Check out the venues it's hitting taps here.

Released Wed Oct 22 2014

Stone & Wood Mash Collective 4: Heartbreaker

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 artwork. The result this time around is Heartbreaker (because it’s a limited release, so you’ll fall for it then it will leave you), a colourfully spiced and multiply hopped amber (nigh on red) ale. In the spice corner are locally sourced quandong (bush peaches that were cooked sous vide then pureed and added to the fermenter) and pepperberry. In the corner marked hops are some of the most characterful varieties known to man: Sorachi Ace, Ella, Centennial and Mosaic. Combining such big ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Red Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Find it in draught and bottle form at these stockists nationwide

Released Tue Sep 23 2014

Stone & Wood Limited Release Jasper

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, we're told: "the cane fields of the Northern Rivers had been ablaze, lightly blanketing the hills in a soft sheet of smoke and with the September winds starting to pick up, signalling the start of spring and the end of the cane harvest we decided to bring out a beer to coincide with the changing of the seasonsâ?¦" So the brewers gathered some local paperbark and set about smoking some malt, added some traditional German smoked malt and worked it into the original Jasper recipe. There it adds a ··· Read more
Style
Smoked Red Ale
Strength
4.7%
Stockists

Find it on tap here

Released Wed Sep 3 2014

Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher

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 wouldn't have been right if they'd marked the occasion without using the Galaxy hop that their Pacific Ale has done more than anything else to popularise, and its distinct passionfruit aromas are prominent. To that they've added heaps of newer variety Ella (formerly Stella), a hop that has its creators equally excited and, if anything, offers more depth than its predecessor. It adds apricot to the tropical fruit salad mix while, at 5.5 percent, the beer is a full-bodied affair too. You could look ··· Read more
Style
Australian Ale
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Find Cloud Catcher here

Released Tue Jul 8 2014

Stone & Wood Stone Beer 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 at their Byron Bay home for the brew day, one at which head brewer Brad Rogers pulls out the volcanic rocks he picked up in Fiji and invites guests to help build a roaring wood fire in which to heat them so they can be craned (by humans) in a cage into the brew to aid caramelisation in a recreation of an old technique with origins in Germany. There's also plenty of beer and food going around, but the beer and its brewing are the spectacular stars. Each year, the beer has evolved, with this year ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
6.9%
Stockists

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

Released Tue May 13 2014

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

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 prominent malt character than its stablemate, Pacific, and a similarly delicate balance of hops and malt to taste. Refreshing and cleansing so just right for summer ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
3.8%
Stockists

Find Garden Ale here

Released Mon Feb 2

The Mash Collective Old Persuader

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 Brisbane architect and He Died With A Felafel In His Hand author John Birmingham? A lager, that's where. "Really?" you say. Well, yes, but no ordinary lager. Starting with a desire to create a beer that captured the transition from winter to summer and one worthy of someone that gets jobs done, they settled for a strong lager - a strong, red-hued, fruity lager, in fact - featuring an eye-catching label design from Sonny and Biddy Moroney and some of the finest words you'll find on a ··· Read more
Style
Strong Lager
Strength
6.6%
Stockists

FInd it here

Released Fri Oct 11 2013

Stone & Wood Stone Beer

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 a blazing fire on the brewery's driveway before being lowered into the beer in a recreation of a brewing style from the Middle Ages. The Stone Beer has been tweaked each year, with this year's a deeply dark, rewardingly rich and smooth chocolate led affair that's so luxuriant it could soothe even poor, wronged, Wallace's pain. NB: This is what we wrote for Smith Journal's Thirsty Thursday too - no point reinventing the wheel twice in one week! ··· 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

Released Thu May 16 2013

Mash Collective Aureus Chrysalis

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 year's Good Beer Week to become part of the team, chef and TV presenter Ben O'Donohue, furniture maker Greg Hatton and musician Ash Grunwald. They came up with some unusual inspirations for the beer, including using the colour of Ash's favourite guitar for the colour. The name comes from one of Trevor's pieces of artwork, with Aureus the Latin for gold, but also for hop, and Chrysalis referring to the cocoon that gives birth to a beautiful creature. According to the team, the beer is inspired ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Dubbel / Scotch Ale
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Find the beer here

Released Mon Apr 1 2013

Stone & Wood Garden Ale

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 to: "purify negative energy, guard against disease, strengthen sexual potency, bring good health and even increase psychic powers". So there you go - drink Garden Ale and become an uber-fit, all-seeing sexual god(dess). On your way to superhuman status, you'll encounter a sessionable beer that uses newish Aussie hops Ella and Summer to add floral, grassy and spicy hop characteristics to what's a slightly cloudy, rusty golden-coloured ale with some sweet, caramel aromas and flavours and very gentle ··· Read more
Style
Session Ale
Strength
3.8%
Stockists

Get your thorn-pricked gloves on some here

Released Wed Nov 28 2012

Stone & Wood Stone Beer (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: much darker and viscous than in previous years, a sight that heralds a multifarious malty mouthful. Toffee, chocolate, cocoa, cola, treacle - you name it and you'll get it as it makes its salubrious way from goblet to gullet. It's gently warming, as you'd expect at 7.2 per cent, with the hops contributing a subtle spicy aroma and a lingering bitterness that's aided and abetted by a little roastiness from the malts. That a very limited amount of this limited release comes in a stone bottle ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
7.2%
Stockists

Find it here

Released Mon Jul 23 2012

Stone & Wood Stone Beer (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 brewing technique and one that allows them to mess around a little with the recipe year on year. For while this year's Stone Beer, launched at a pair of festivals in Byron and Melbourne, clocks in at the same ABV as last year's, it's a somewhat different beast. A slightly deeper red than last year's, it also boasts a heavier body and flavour, with the sweeter caramels of 2010 replaced by darker toffees in a beer with greater bitterness and a hint of smokiness. In fact, despite coming out of one ··· Read more
Style
Stone Beer
Strength
5.3%

Released Mon Aug 1 2011

Stone & Wood Red Relief

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 Byron Bay brewery, with nutty malts leading the way. And, as with everything Brad and co have put it, it's well balanced, beautifully clean and demands you go back for more. ··· Read more
Style
Red Ale
Strength
4.7%

Released Sat Feb 12 2011

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