Little Brewing Company

It's not uncommon among Australia's craft brewers to find those with former careers that have been abandoned in favour of chasing beery dreams. It is uncommon, however, to find one with quite as many strings to their bow as Warwick Little, who founded Little Brewing with wife Kylie in 2007. Try time spent as a paramedic and dabbling with radiography, physics, chemistry and microbiology, as well as several years studying wine science, and you've got a pretty colourful past.

Nothing, however, seems to have sparked the same passion as the brewing of beer, much to the delight of Kylie, a former marketer who had developed a taste for English and Belgian ales while living in the UK in the late 80s and early 90s. Serial award winners, their beers under both the Wicked Elf and Mad Abbot labels have found favour with judges and beer lovers alike.

It's just as well, as in Port Macquarie, where their immaculately maintained brewery is based (complete with the largest collection of brewing accoutrements we've ever seen!), big brewery contracts have meant that, until late 2011 when The Town Green Inn took their beer, they couldn't secure a single tap in any of the town's hotels. Instead, you'll find them on tap and bottleshop shelves in the the better beer venues along the east coast from Brisbane to Melbourne - and occasionally further afield, especially since they expanded capacity in 2013. New tanks arrived as well as a large shipment of kegs, allowing the Littles to hunt down more tap points than ever before, assisted by an on-road Elfmobile servicing their East Coast customers.

Having sold everything they owned to get the brewery up and running, the Littles don't hold back with any of their beers, all of which are typified by bold flavours and plenty of body. As Warwick says: "We brew beers without compromise, yet fervently true to style." If that isn't reason enough to hunt one down, we don't know what is!

Name
Little Brewing Company
Address

Unit 1, 58 Uralla Road
Port Macquarie
NSW 2444

Phone
(02) 6581 3949
Website
Hours

Cellar door:
Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sat: 10am to 4pm

The Regulars

Death Between The Tanks

Tapped Sun Nov 10 2013
For some time, the Littles teased us with the suggestion that they were going to start releasing beers that would allow head brewer Warwick to run amok. Every time we spoke to them, we'd bring it up, but teasing it remained. Then, late in 2013, the teasing ended and the first of these long-mooted beers arrived. And it's a whopper too: a Double IPA weighing in at 113 IBU (a measure of bitterness, with the human palate supposedly unable to distinguish anything too much higher than 100). It's packed ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
7.8%
Bitterness
113 IBU
Stockists

Nationwide in bottles and occasionally on tap at good craft beer venues, particularly around NSW

Wicked Elf Kolsch

Tapped Thu Dec 20 2012
Is this the most Germanic beer released in Australia? For its summer release, Port Macquarie's Little Brewing not only used all German malt and all German hops - they brewed the beer with a half-German brewer. We're not sure if lederhosen were involved in the brew day, or whether David Hasselhoff was on permanent loop serenading the yeast as it went to work in the tanks, but what we do know is that this KÓ§lsch is on the cards to become part of the Wicked Elf permanent range if it finds favour ··· Read more
Style
KÓ§lsch
Strength
4.9%
Stockists

Tipplers Tap, Brisbane

Archive Beer Boutique, Brisbane

Yulli's, Sydney

Town Green Inn, Port Macquarie

Bottles coming soon...

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Wicked Elf Porter

Tapped Mon May 21 2012
Like their Tassie peers Moo Brew, the Littles of NSW decided to use their invite to brew a new beer for the 2012 GABS festival to create a permanent addition to their range. Well, semi-permanent in the case of the Wicked Elf Porter anyway. Officially tagged as part of their "Cellar Release" range, like the Mad Abbot Dubbel and Tripel, it's technically a seasonal, which makes the timing of its debut - in time for winter - rather apposite. Brewer Warwick Little tells us he eschewed the use ··· Read more
Style
Robust Porter
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

Little Brewing

Casa di Vino, Port Melbourne

Slowbeer

Camperdown Cellars, Sydney

Pumphouse Bar

Oak Barrel, Sydney

Yulli's, Surrey Hills

Platinu

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Wicked Elf Pilsner

The Wicked Elf Pilsner from Little Brewing is a beer that, once tasted, you want to taste again. So it was rather unfortunate that for quite some time they were too busy brewing their other beers to find time in their schedule to make some more. Which means it's equally fortunate that it's now back. As you'd expect from the Port Macquarie brewery it's as true to style as you could wish for, the style in this case being a Bohemian Pilsner. That means distinctive, slightly spicy, slightly floral aromas ··· Read more
Style
Bohemian Pilsner
Strength
5.0%

Mad Abbot Dubbel

Head brewer Warwick Little is a big fan of Belgian styles and, having experimented early on with a beer entitled Abbey Ale, he later introduced two semi-regular beers based on those that come out of Belgium's Trappist breweries. This, the Dubbel, is a faithful take on the style and an enjoyably complex number to boot. Bottle conditioned and cellared before release, this dark brown beer offers up all manner of fruity aromas: raisins, plums and spices, plus chocolate and a touch of rum. Those characteristics ··· Read more
Style
Dubbel
Strength
6.9%

Mad Abbott Tripel

The second of Little Brewing's semi-regular Trappist ale releases, this is a great interpretation of the big, bold Tripel style - and one of The Crafty Pint's favourite Aussie-brewed Belgian beers. Like its little brother, the Dubbel, it's bottle conditioned and cellared before release; we say "little brother" as this tips the scales at 9.5%. Not that you'd know, as it's a golden ale awash with honey, citrus, stonefruit and some gentle spicy aromas. Rich and full in the mouth, those fruits ··· Read more
Style
Tripel
Strength
9.5%

Wicked Elf Pale Ale

One of the boldest of the many American inspired pale ales on the Aussie market, this is the Little philosophy of no compromise on flavour and ingredients writ large. A meaty, deep amber beer that kicks off with big floral aromas from the use of American Cascade hops and packs plenty of toffee and caramel flavours thanks to generous levels of crystal malt. A reasonably high alcohol content for the style helps beef up the body in a cracking take on the style. ··· Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.4%

Wicked Elf Witbier

Little Brewing's take on the Belgian witbier style is a mouth-filling, flavoursome beer made with 50/50 wheat and barley malts and a little curacao (bitter orange peel) and coriander. The spicy citrus character is complemented by a light floral hop aroma in what is a truly refreshing beer topped off with a dry, slightly bitter finish. ··· Read more
Style
Witbier
Strength
5.0%

The Specials

Little Brewing Co Christmas Ale 2015

Tapped Tue Jul 19 2016
It was via one of their range of Belgian inspired ales, the delightful Tripel, that we first came upon The Little Brewing Co many moons ago. More recently, the Port Macquarie brewery has caught the eyes of a broader audience in the good beer community with a series of hop forward beers: the Fastidious Bastard IPA, Death Between The Tanks DIPA and a beer that essentially combined these and the Tripel, Breaking The Cardinal Rule. Taken together with their core Wicked Elf range and a few other oddities, ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Quadrupel
Strength
11.3%
Stockists

Little Brewing Co cellar door

And select bottleshops around NSW

Little Brewing Varietal IPAs: Citra & Galaxy

Tapped Thu Nov 26 2015
For a brewery that hadn't brewed an IPA until a couple of years ago, Port Macquarie's Little Brewing has been doing a fine job of making up for lost time. What's more, the lineup so far has put them among the very best IPA brewers in the country, with head brewer Warwick Little's fastidious nature (that led to his "straight" IPA being called Fastidious Bastard) paying off with beers that cram plenty of flavour and heaps of hops into tightly wound packages. Now we have IPAs four and five, ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
Strength
6.5%

Little Brewing Stab In The Dark

Tapped Mon Jul 20 2015
Little Brewing has long been one of those breweries we've looked to plug whenever appropriate. Our reasoning was that they've long had one of the finest lineups of beer – from the "standard" range of Pale, Pilsner, Witbier and co in their Wicked Elf line to the Belgian-inspired beers bearing the Mad Abbot brand – yet haven't attracted an audience or buzz commensurate with the quality of their beers. So it was with some pleasure that, in our last chat with head brewer and co-owner Warwick ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Porter
Strength
9.1%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

The Hop Factory, Newcastle

Prince of Wales, Newcastle

Plonk, Canberra

Braddon Cellars, Canberra

Spooning Goats, Sydney

Grange Cellars, Brisbane

Taringa Cellars, Brisbane

Camperdown Cellars, Parramatta Road

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Little Brewing Fastidious Bastard

Tapped Tue Dec 16 2014
When we first visited Warwick and Kylie Little at their Port Macquarie brewery, we couldn't help but remark at the order within. In particular, the manner in which Warwick had arranged his gleamingly clean brewing accoutrements in rows along one wall was, we thought, the tidiest and most orderly part of a brewery we'd ever seen. One might have said that it marked him down as a fastidious bastard. Certainly, the approach he takes to the order of his workplace is one that's matched in attention to ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
6.8%
Bitterness
75 IBU
Stockists

NSW:

Little Brewing Cellar Door

Hop Factory, Newcastle

King Bill IV

Quaylime Bar

Yulli's

Thirsty Crow Brewery

Hive Bar

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Little Brewing Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 2014

Tapped Fri Oct 24 2014
Belgian beer lover Warwick Little first conceived of his Christmas Ale for the 2013 GABS festival. Unashamedly taking inspiration from one of his all-time top brews, Rochefort 10, it did a damn fine job of flattery, tipping the scales at the exact same ABV and offering a softly warming yet complex approximation of the biggest of the Belgian beer styles. Second time around, there have been a few wee changes. For one it's tagged as a quadrupel so you know where it sits with the brewery's Dubbel and ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Strength
11.5%
Stockists

At specialist bottleshops

Little Brewing Co Breaking The Cardinal Rule

Tapped Wed Jul 9 2014
Having broken the shackles and let his inner beast free with Little Brewing's last new release, the Death Between The Tanks Double IPA, head brewer Warwick Little has been at it again. Breaking The Cardinal Rule was the brewery's entry for this year's GABS festival and has now been released in packaged form, complete with comical labels mirroring those of the Double IPA. Said labels feature a hooded monk pulling a lever on a "Hop-O-Meter" all the way to "Full Tilt", while it also ··· Read more
Style
Hoppy Belgian Tripel
Strength
9.5%
Bitterness
80 IBU

Mad Abbot Christmas Ale

Tapped Tue Jun 18 2013
Port Macquarie brewers, the Little Brewing Company, really should have a wider audience for their beers. Year in, year out, they pump out beers under their two labels - Wicked Elf and Mad Abbot - that are of a consistently high quality and, without fail, see them hauling a fresh swag of awards back home from every awards competition they're entered into. Their Tripel has long been a favourite at Crafty Towers, while we weren't at all surprised to see their Pale Ale fare well in the last Blind Tasting ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Quadrupel
Strength
11.3%
Stockists

Kegs (Now sold out)

Pumphouse Bar

Yulli's, Surry Hills

Archive West End

Grain Store, Newcastle

Thirsty Crow, Wagga Wagga

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Bottles available in g

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