BrewCult

The Australian craft beer world is full of colourful characters. Few, however, are as colourful as Steve Henderson or, as he is known to everyone who's met him (which is a lot of people), Hendo. He's a unique blend of Tigger, Dr Alfred Necessiter and Kojak - a brewer with big ideas and often equally big beers who has been on a whistle stop journey through the industry since gaining his brewing spurs.

He's enjoyed spells at Prickly Moses, where soon after arriving he was creating experimental imperial versions of their core range and brewing The Raconteur: a love story about hops, Murray's, and Southern Bay, where he completely redesigned their range and released beers, such as the Hop Bazooka, that captured the attention of craft beer drinkers. And now he's struck out on his own under the name BrewCult, which he announced to the world with a beer called Hop Zone.

If you've noticed a thread throughout the previous paragraph - one that reads like hops, looks like hops, smells like hops and tastes like hops - you're on the right track: Hendo is a man who loves hops. Loves cramming them into his beers, loves trying out new varieties, simply loves the lupulin with a passion. Little wonder he signs off as BrewCult's "Director/Brewer/Hop Consumer"...

Yet he's no one trick pony, having introduced the Metalhead Porter while at Southern Bay and, for his second Brew Cult beer, hooking up with his brother, an artisan vinegar producer in Queensland, to create a Balsamic Porter for the 2013 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular. It's a beer in keeping with past efforts to create a pepper steak beer in conjunction with two local beer bloggers and highlights the off kilter ethos that drives his brewing company and was followed in 2015 by Milk & Two Sugars, a sweet stout featuring heaps of coffee that took out the People's Choice title.

The unusual approach carries across to the BrewCult setup too. Hendo moved in with the boys at Cavalier Brewing soon after they took over their Derrimut site before moving across to Kaiju!'s brewery in early 2016, where he continues his gypsy ways. Indeed, he's doing them so well that, in May 2016, he took home the first ever Champion Gypsy Brewer title at the Australian International Beer Awards.

Name
BrewCult
Address

10 Superior Drive
Dandenong South
VIC 3175

Phone
0438 255 253
Website
Hours

Not open to the public

BrewCult Regulars

BrewCult Reset Robot

BrewCult's first release was a beer in which the aim was to pack more hops that would normally be found in a beer of its size: the 5 percent ABV Hop Zone "session IPA". And Reset Robot is a beer of a similar ilk. It's a mid-strength that aims to show you can throw a heap of hops at a beer weighing a mere 3.5 percent ABV and thus satisfy hop heads who need to keep their head together. It's something that's been done by others, with Pirate Life in particular winning plaudits for their Throwback ··· Read more
Style
Mid-strength
Strength
3.5%

BrewCult Thanks Captain Obvious

Tapped April 27th, 2014
BrewCult main man Hendo "Hendo" Henderson isn't usually one to play things straight. If he can offer up a mishmash of styles or throw something unexpected into a beer then he will. However, the tale of the unexpected with Thanks Captain Obvious is that there is nothing unexpected. This American IPA was first brewed intentionally to enter the Strong Pale Ale class at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards. Why? To win, hopefully, a trophy. As such, it is brewed exactly to style with ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
40 IBU

BrewCult Hop Zone

Anyone that knows Hendo knows he loves hops. He created Raconteur: A Love Story About Hops at Prickly Moses and the Hop Bazooka at Southern Bay. So it's little surprise that his first release at BrewCult us all about the hops. Hop Zone is designed to be a "session IPA" – ie lots of hops but not so much booze and bitterness that you can't have a few. That said, behind the distinctive upfront wall of hoppiness created by the Simcoe, Nelson Sauvin and Galaxy hops, there's still enough lingering ··· Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
5.0%

BrewCult Specials

BrewCult Spoiler Alert

Tapped July 20th, 2016
When he first launched Spoiler Alert under the stylings of BrewCult v1, Hendo said he was aiming to create a straight down the line Euro lager – pretty much the sort of thing no one would really expect from him and the sort of beer there wasn't too much of within the local craft beer world. It didn't really hit the mark, with a too high, somewhat astringent bitterness for the style. So the beer was shelved for a while. But no more. "I've got a new Spoiler Alert coming out." "A different ··· Read more
Style
New World Lager
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

Available year round at stores where you find BrewCult beers

BrewCult Gingerbread Maniac

Tapped June 5th, 2016
As the top ten of this year's GABS Festival (Australian leg) People's Choice poll shows, if you want to get ahead, then big, sweet, dessert style beers are the way to go. Sure, unless you've got the sweetest of teeth, you're never going to have a session on such beers, maybe you'll never have more than a pot of them, but they get people talking. BrewCult took out the 2015 title, abandoning his usual fetish for hops to create the coffee'd and milk sugar'd to the hilt Milk & Two Sugars, and followed ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Sweet Stout
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Windsor Ale House

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BrewCult Milk and Two Sugars

Tapped June 3rd, 2015
The past few years have suggested there is a formula for success if you plan on taking out the People's Choice crown at GABS. Since Feral's victory with the sour Watermelon Warhead Berliner Weisse when it was first held at the Royal Exhibition Building, the subsequent winners – and many of the beers filling each year's top ten – have tended to be bold and offer something for the sweet toothed: Bacchus Brewing's Raspberry and White Chocolate Pilsner followed by La Sirene's vanilla, cocoa and hazelnut ··· Read more
Style
Sweet Coffee Stout
Strength
7.2%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Oscar's Alehouse

Dr Morse

Orient East

Wine Republic

Farmers Arms (Bendigo)

Malt & Vine

Royal George Hotel

Small Patch Wine Store

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BrewCult Spoiler Alert – REPLACED

Tapped March 4th, 2015
He seems to be going through some sort of manic bout of creativity at the moment, does Hendo of BrewCult. In recent weeks, he's completed his Psychedelic Series with Bugged Out then turned his eyes to the Old World of hops not once but twice. First up was the Full Metal Anorak English IPA and now this take on a traditional European pale lager. His previous lager was very much of a contemporary bent, with Beer Geek Rage Quit awash with powerfully fruity New World hops. Here he's chosen varieties from ··· Read more
Style
Pale Lager
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
40 IBU

BrewCult Full Metal Anorak

Tapped February 13th, 2015
It's very rare that a beer appears from BrewCult that isn't lavished with hops. Lots and lots of aroma-throwing, flavour-emitting, bitterness-supplying hops. And, pretty much without fail, those hops are of the New World variety: big, bold, shouty and in-yer-face. But not this time around. Sure, Full Metal Anorak is another IPA but it's one that looks back well past the US-inspired versions that have come to dominate the contemporary craft beer world, back to the times of the beer style's origins ··· Read more
Style
English IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
55 IBU

BrewCult Buggin' Out

Tapped January 24th, 2015
We've had crowd-sourced beers before. We had the nation conceive and vote for a beer in the form of the People's Pint before. But a conference-sourced beer? Not so sure. The sixth (and we're told final) beer in the BrewCult Psychedelic Series – essentially beers that share much in common while offering distinct variations on a (hoppy) theme – came together when BrewCult founder Hendo was giving a talk at last year's Australian National Homebrewing Conference. He explained that he wanted to add ··· Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
73 IBU
Stockists

The Durham

Camperdown Cellars Darlinghurst

Justin Lill Wines Berry Bottleshop

Bitter Phew

Bottle-O Crown West

Pourhouse NSW

Belair Fine Wines

The Highway

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BrewCult Beer Geek Rage Quit

Tapped December 22nd, 2014
The bromance between BrewCult's Hendo and alt model Matt Hofmann continues to flourish. The latter handles Hendo's photo shoots and now adorns his bottles too. Of course, you may have seen his Warhol'd image before as Beer Geek Rage Quit has been around in draught form but now returns in bottles – four different varieties of bottle, no less, each one bearing a different message from the bearded wonder on "how beer is beautiful and how, by being positive in life, you can be too." As for ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Good beer stockists nationwide

BrewCult Outta Sight White IPA

Tapped October 1st, 2014
When he’s not posing for 007-esque photos or popping up at every beer event in Australia, Hendo does occasionally brew beer under the BrewCult banner. Many of those beers appear under the Psychedelic Series banner, with this the fifth of such releases. The Outta Sight is, once again, a hoppy affair and takes the form of a white IPA, but not the hopped up Belgian witbier style of white IPA. This one is instead an American IPA that uses a lot of wheat. So maybe an India wheat ale or a hoppy American ··· Read more
Style
White IPA
Strength
6.2%
Stockists

Oak Barrel

Barny’s

Low Buy Liquor

Cellarbrations at Carlisle

Welcome Hotel

The Scratch

Tippler’s Tap

Tomahawk Bar

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BrewCult Get Down American Brown

Tapped May 16th, 2014
He may not have a 'fro ' in fact, there are a few people on the planet with less chance of growing a 'fro then BrewCult's Hendo ' but that hasn't stopped him looking to the era of funk and disco for inspiration for many of his beers. The Get Down American Brown is the fourth in the brewing company's ongoing Psychedelic Series. And, as with the three that have come before, it is presented as a "different interpretation of the hoppy beer category". What does that mean in practice? Well, in ··· Read more
Style
American Brown Ale
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Cammeray Craft NSW

Hop Factory NSW

Bitter Phew NSW

Grain Store

Usual QLD outlets via Calibre Craft Beer Trading Co

Clever Little Tailor SA

The Highway Hotel SA

Gertrude Hotel

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BrewCult Beer Geek Rage Quit

Tapped March 20th, 2014
We're not sure whether BrewCult's Hendo "Hendo" Henderson needed to do anything more to cement his place as one of the country's beer geeks' favourite brewers. But, if he did, this latest beer and everything surrounding it should do the trick. Not only is it named after a phrase related to gaming, but he has secured the services of "alt model" Mat Hoffman for the labels, produced a beer with four different labels, and asked Mat to contribute label notes in teenage text speak. ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

The Scratch

Grain Store

Cammeray Craft

The Pourhouse Maitland

The Hop Factory

Quarrymans Hotel

[Woodlands Hotel](/beer/bar/woodla

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BrewCult Supa Fly Rye IPA

Tapped November 27th, 2013
Hendo is back with the second in his psychedelic series, with this Rye IPA (or RIPA) following hot on the heels of Don't Fight The Funk, his Saison / IPA hybrid. As is usually the case with Hendo, it's a hop forward beer, this time squeezing as much goodness as he can out of American guests Amarillo, Simcoe and Citra. The result is a big orange citrus hit as soon as your glass of burnt copper coloured beer gets anywhere near your face. Given the predominantly darker malt bill, which includes 8 per ··· Read more
Style
Rye IPA
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

The Alehouse Project

Brother Burger & The Marvellous Brew

The Terminus

Deja Vu

Carlton Cellars

[Slowbeer](/beer/bottleshop/

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BrewCult Can't Fight The Funk

Tapped October 4th, 2013
Once you've brewed a beer with barrel-aged balsamic vinegar in it, is there anywhere left to go? That's the question that BrewCult founder Hendo must have been wrestling with for the past few months. And it's one that's led him to a rather funky answer: a Farmhouse IPA. He tells us that this is the "first beer in a series of hoppy beers called 'The Psychedelic Series' with the label imagery being a very groovy 60s look". The reason why? "Just seemed like a fun thing to do." So ··· Read more
Style
Farmhouse IPA
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

QLD

Archive

The Scratch

Tippler's Tap

Kerbside

NSW

Warners at the Bay

Camperdown Cellars

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BrewCult Acid Freaks

Tapped May 24th, 2013
He's never been one to shy from experimentation, has BrewCult's Hendo. So it was probably only a matter of time before he hooked up with his brother, a man who makes award-winning artisanal vinegars in Queensland. The result was launched at GABS in 2013 - Acid Freaks, a Balsamic Porter. The balsamic vinegar in question was aged in Shiraz barrels and is kept in check enough that while it's certainly distinct amid the beer's chocolate, roast and dark fruit flavours, it's not going to sear your palate ··· Read more
Style
Balsamic Vinegar Porter
Strength
7.5%

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