Two Birds Brewing

Heading home from a first visit to the Nest, Two Birds Brewing's home in the Melbourne suburb of Spotswood, a question arose in the Crafty mind: "Is there another brewing company in Australia that has nailed so many things as well when it comes to luring in new craft beer drinkers?" Having pondered the question on occasion since, we're going with: "No."

Sure, to date brewer Jayne Lewis hasn't been tempted to brew a 12 percent, 150 IBU, barrel-aged, spiced Belgian Imperial IPA to satisfy the extreme elements of the beer fancying world, but in every other respect, alongside long time friend and business partner, Danielle Allen, she's done a lot of things rather well to make Two Birds a brewery with incredibly broad appeal.

The branding is eye-catching and colourful and shot through with flashes of cheek. The Birds themselves are just as colourful (and full of cheek) and have put in tens of thousands of kilometres and countless hours to attend pretty much every beer event on the planet since they launched their first beer in August 2011, always managing to look glamorous even when hurting inside and proving relentlessly enthusiastic ambassadors for craft beer. The Nest, which has housed their brewery and bar since the middle of 2014, is equally bright and welcoming and has proved hugely popular since day one.

As for the beers, Jayne's mantra of "balance and approachability" may not be one to raise instantly the hairs on the back of a beer nerd's neck but, since launching with the wide appeal, crowd-pleasing Golden Ale, everything bearing the Two Birds name has packed plenty (but never too much) flavour, from trophy-winning regular releases such as the Sunset Ale and Taco to award-winning one-offs such as those brewed with the Pink Boots Society.

While on the subject of awards and trophies, it's not just the beers that have collected silverware; the brewery has won champion titles at the Australian International Beer Awards and Craft Beer Awards as, having started in winemaking in WA, dipped her toes into cider at Little Creatures then polished her beer education with Matilda Bay and Mountain Goat, Jayne has proved herself adept at crafting pocket gems of beers.

As for the Two Birds tale, it started out with Jayne and Danielle having their beers (Golden and Sunset) brewed under license at various breweries while searching for a home. Said home was found online by Jayne's husband, Louis Bucci, while waiting for a flight at LAX and, having been built in part by Louis (who has a wooden step named in his honour as a result) is now responsible for all Two Birds draught beer.

The Nest, as it's known, has grown steadily too, now pouring 12 beers (including a couple of guests) and offering up beer friendly food several days a week. The hospo side of things spills from the bar to take over as much brewery floor space as possible inside a warehouse where huge murals cover the walls not hidden by a growing forest of stainless steel.

Most recently, in February 2017, the opened their own packaging line, having taken over the adjacent warehouse, thus bringing all production under their own roof and launching a new beer and look to mark the occasion.

Name
Two Birds Brewing
Address

136 Hall Street
Spotswood
VIC 3015

Phone
(03) 9762 0000
Website
Hours

Thursday: 4pm to 10pm
Friday: 4pm to 11pm
Saturday: midday to 11pm
Sunday: midday to 9pm

Tours

Saturdays at12.30pm only. Please book online via the Two Birds website.

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On tap at Two Birds Brewing

Two Birds Brewing Regulars

Two Birds Brewing Pale Ale

Tapped March 1st, 2017
The start of 2017 was a pretty momentous one for Two Birds Brewing. With the opening of their in-house packaging line, they completed the multi-stage transition from contract brewers to "everything under one roof" brewers. To mark the occasion they introduced a new look, with all of their labels now coming with a story told via the artwork, and a new beer too. The new beer was a reworking of a previous beer, Oaty McOatface. Originally released as a draught only beer in late 2016, it returns… Read more
Style
Oat Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Two Birds & Fancy Hank's Smoked Chipotle Brown Ale

Tapped September 6th, 2015
What better way to hammer home the message that you're craftying up your beer offering than brewing your own beer? That's what the guys at Melbourne's Fancy Hank's decided to do – and not in the form of banging a Fancy Hank's logo onto some faceless lager brewed by an unnamed local brewery. No, instead they joined forces with the brewing team at nearby Two Birds and joined them at their Spotswood "Nest" for the brew day. Given they're above all else a BBQ joint, the beer was designed… Read more
Style
Smoked Brown Ale
Strength
5.4%
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Two Birds Bantam IPA

Tapped September 3rd, 2014
The term "session IPA" is one that has seen its popularity grow and have its value debated in equal measure since first appearing on the scene. "Isn't it just a hoppier pale or a lower ABV IPA, in which case it's not an IPA?" is the typical starting point for any conversation. Indeed, there have been some examples in which the attempt to get more hops without the balancing malt and booze have led to beers deserving of debate, but the Bantam is one that seems likely to render any… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
4.7%
Bitterness
38 IBU

Two Birds Sunset Ale

Tapped May 15th, 2012
An instant favourite at Crafty Towers as soon as it arrived on the scene as the second Two Birds release was this red ale going by the name Sunset. Drinkers are first met by a rather enticing combo of tropical and citrus aromas, backed up with a touch of toffee that hints at the rich malt flavours to follow. Full-flavoured and pretty full-bodied too for a beer of its alcohol content, it's a well balanced take on the style that's a versatile food beer and also a drop we've used to entice newcomers… Read more
Style
Red Ale
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Two Birds Golden Ale

Tapped October 17th, 2011
Where it all began the Birds. Having taken her leave from Mountain Goat to embark on what's turned out to be a rather successful venture with Danielle, Jayne's first beer was both a safe first step and one that epitomised the approachable side of her ethos. It was ale fairly prescient too, for while there are dozens of local brewers with golden ales on their rosters now, back in 2011 they weren't nearly as common. The beer itself is pretty much the baseline for what to expect from a contemporary… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.4%
Bitterness
20 IBU

Two Birds Brewing Specials

Two Birds Brewing Saison 2017

Tapped September 4th, 2017
A look at the weather forecast for their hometown of Melbourne may suggest otherwise but, allegedly, spring has sprung, meaning it's time for Two Birds' second bottled seasonal release. It's one with which they look to reassure us of better times ahead thanks to a label featuring a rising sun, blooming flowers, butterflies and, um, the Delorean from Back to the Future on a cloud. Inside you'll find a saison given an extra aromatic kick thanks to the use of "floral and fruity" Aussie hops.… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
5.6%

Two Birds Brewing Double Sunset (bottles)

Tapped August 17th, 2017
In the winter of 2016, Two Birds released Double Sunset – a souped up take on their Sunset Ale – as a celebration of their twin wins at the Australian International Beer Awards (Champion Brewery and Champion Amber/Dark Ale for the Sunset. The beer proved rather popular and not just with drinkers – it's the in-house favourite of the head brewers too. So now it's back and it's been bottled too. If you're unfamiliar with either Sunset, the original is a well balanced, hoppy red ale and the Double… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
Strength
7.3%
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

And select good beer stockists

Two Birds Brewing Knock On Wood

Tapped June 26th, 2017
June 2017 saw Two Birds Brewing turn six. Among the dozen of their own beers that lined the taps for the big day at at their Nest in Spotswood was a new birthday beer. It was Knock On Wood, not just a birthday beer but the brewery's first barrel aged release too – sixth anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with wooden gifts, you see. It's a beer that comes with echoes of the first time we recall Birds co-founder Jayne Lewis playing with wood, back in her days as Mountain Goat's head brewer.… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Belgian Blonde
Strength
7.1%

Two Birds Brewing Winter Stout 2017

Tapped June 2nd, 2017
Now they have their own bottling line in house, Two Birds Brewing has greater freedom with its lineup. So, starting now, the plan is to release a seasonal beer in bottles every three months as a rotating fifth member of the lineup (alongside Golden, Sunset, Taco and Pale). First up is the Winter Stout, tapped initially at the Two Birds Nest but spreading its wings far further afield. It's another that makes use of the brewers' fondness for adding oats to the mix, here with the intention of creating… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
Strength
5.2%
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

And select outlets in VIC and NSW

Two Birds Brewing Enigma India Pale Lager

Tapped April 28th, 2017
If our ongoing experience is anything to go by, relatively new Aussie hop variety Enigma is a cracking hop to use in lagers. Bridge Road's Enigma Pilsner is a beer that should be seen around more, while at the 2017 Fresh Hop Beer Festival, Moo Brew's wet hop Enigma Pils – the best expression of the hop to date, according to one other brewer during a Q&A we hosted there – was first to blow. So we look forward to getting our hands on a glass of this harvest ale from Two Birds. As with many… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Pilsner
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

More stockists TBC

Two Birds Brewing Oaty McOatface

Tapped November 28th, 2016
Opening up decision making to the people can have mixed results. While it may transpire that The Donald has been on a wind up all this time and doesn't plan to set advances in social equality back decades and ignore climate change in favour of erecting a giant Trump sign on the moon, it seems all too likely that the decisions of two million people fewer than voted for his opponent will have condemned the world to a period of seat-of-your-pants instability. On the other hand, inviting the public to… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Two Birds Single Origin Ale

Tapped September 15th, 2016
The rise of craft beer has led to an increased interest in the provenance of beers, in many ways. Some people are keen to know who brews their beer, both in terms of ownership of the brewery and where it is actually made (particularly as in some cases brewing companies don't make it easy for you to find out) and also in terms of the ingredients. This is most often seen in the case of hops, particularly at harvest time. In the case of this limited release from Two Birds, the aim is also to shine a… Read more
Style
SMASH Beer
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
38 IBU
Stockists

Bankstown Sports Club

Two Birds Nest

Two Birds Double Sunset Ale

Tapped August 2nd, 2016
Back in May, Two Birds Brewing continued a remarkable couple of years of awards success by taking out both a Champion Brewery title and Best Amber / Dark Ale at the Australian International Beer Awards. To mark their wins, they set about taking the beer that won said trophy, their Sunset Ale, and beefed it up. A little like one of head brewer Jayne Lewis' alma mater, Mountain Goat, who created Double and Triple Hightails to mark important anniversaries, they concocted a Double Sunset. The story is… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
Strength
7.3%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Two Birds Brewing Chardonnale

Tapped June 21st, 2016
It's increasingly pointless trying to pick out trends in the beer world as the diversity of directions in which brewers are heading shows no sign of abating. Yet there does seem to be quite a fascination right now with the blurring of lines between beer and wine. Whether it's brewers adding grape juice or wine wort to beer or allowing grape must to ferment their beer, there's plenty of experimentation going on. Such as this: a collaboration between former winemaker Jayne Lewis of Two Birds Brewing… Read more
Style
Hoppy Wine
Strength
12.5%
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

And select specialty bottleshops

Two Birds Brewing Enigma Pils

Tapped January 23rd, 2016
Every year or two, one of the experimental hop varieties grown by Hop Products Australia proves itself and is released as a commercial variety. The most recent cab off the rank for the Tassie-based company is Enigma, which started making more regular appearances in beers throughout 2015 (as did Melba from fellow Aussie grower Ellerslie Hop). So called due to its complex and multi-faceted characteristics when used in different ways and at different times in the brewing process, Enigma showed such… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
40 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

The Fox Hotel

Cambrian Hotel Bendigo

Handle Bar Bendigo

Cherry Tree Hotel

Brisbane Brewing Co West End

Brewski

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Two Birds & New Brighton Summer Session Beer

Tapped November 6th, 2015
It's been a big few weeks for the Two Birds team. Founders Dani and Jayne travelled to the UK to brew a real ale version of their Sunset at Everards, returned to discover they'd retained their Champion Large Brewery title at the Craft Beer Awards and then found out their Sunset Ale had taken the Champion Beer at the Wetherspoon's festival in the UK, following in the footsteps of its sibling, Golden Ale. Yet they've still found time to continue with their collaborative ventures with their favourite… Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Other venues TBC

Pink Boots Society Neneh Cherry Saison

Tapped October 24th, 2015
It's not the novelty some claimed it once was to see women working in prominent roles throughout the local beer world. The growing recognition for women involved can be in part attributed to the work of the Pink Boots Society, which was imported from the US and has steadily grown over the years here, with state chapters opening across the country. They've gained acknowledgement (and raised funds) predominantly through a series of brews carried out at breweries across the country for which as many… Read more
Style
Cherry Saison
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Two Row

Edinburgh Castle

Public Brewery, Croydon

Grease Monkey

Happy Wombat

Craft Wine and Beer Store Redhill

Hawthorn Cellars

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Two Birds & Royal Albert Lemongrass Tea IPA

Tapped October 1st, 2015
For the second collaboration in the pub's history, the team from the Royal Albert Hotel was invited to travel down to the Two Birds Nest in Melbourne for a brew day and the product of their collective toil is a Lemongrass Tea IPA. The beer is an appropriate ode to Spring: a celebration of things emerging from months in the dark which suddenly burst into the light bringing colour, flavour, joy and life. Perhaps the most important detail to grasp from the off is that this beer was infused with lemongrass… Read more
Style
Spiced IPA
Strength
6.4%
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Two Birds Brewing Blacker Shade Of Pale

Tapped September 29th, 2015
The Birds are not long back from the UK, where they once again took part in the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival. They were one of two Aussie representatives in the UK this year, Young Henrys being the other, creating a real ale version of their Sunset Ale at Everards, following the success they enjoyed with a real ale version of their Golden Ale last year. Before heading over, they sent a locally brewed limited release out to Aussie venues called Blacker Shade of Pale. As the name suggests, it's a… Read more
Style
Dark Ale
Strength
5.2%

Two Birds Brewing Red Velvet

Tapped July 6th, 2015
When they turned four last month, Two Birds held a party at their Nest in Spotswood. There was cake. There was beer. And there was cake beer. Yes, they marked the milestone as only brewers can by combining the two as one to create Red Velvet, a beer inspired by their favourite spongey treat – that richest and sweetest and reddest of cakes. The base beer is a malty red ale upon which was lavished organic cocoa and vanilla to boost its cakey credentials. They served it with a fluffy white nitro… Read more
Style
Cake Beer
Stockists

The Oaks

Duck Inn Pub

Blind Bear

Collaroy Beach Club

Empire Hotel

Penny Black

Charles Weston

Edinburgh Castle

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Women of Beer Unite 2.0

Tapped April 11th, 2015
The Women of Beer collaborations have been growing wings. In Australia, what started as a Victorian venture has spread nationwide, while the Pink Boots Society kickstarted in the US now has branches worldwide, including more and more in Australia. This year, the collaboration brew day that took place on International Women's Day led to five brews in Australia and there's also this spin off brew too. Unite 2.0 took place when Two Birds' head brewer Jayne Lewis was in New Zealand last August and hooked… Read more
Style
American Stout
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
60 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Two Birds Brewing Hop Harvest Ale 2015

Tapped March 28th, 2015
There's a mini rush of new beers coming out of the Two Birds Nest this month, including a couple of Women of Beer brews and this, their first fresh hop harvest beer. To create the beer, they arranged to have Ella and Galaxy hops plucked from the bines, packaged and flown to their Spotswood home ready to be added to a brew as fresh as possible. The Two Birds reckon it's "the truest expression of hops and a rare opportunity to enjoy the unique character of wet hops, in all their green, leafy glory"… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Other good beer venues on tap

Women of Beer Unite 2015 Red Ale Variations

Tapped April 14th, 2015
For this year's annual Women of Beer collaboration brew day, the Aussie ladies got together at five different locations to brew five different beers. As you can read in our article "So Much Pink" on the brews elsewhere on the site, there was a recipe drawn up by the Pink Boots Society for each brewing group to follow. Two of the five groups followed the red ale recipe closely, whereas there were three variations on a theme. The variations included the use of Zinfandel grapes in WA, where… Read more
Style
Red Ales
Strength
Various
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Young Henrys

Other venues TBC

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Two Birds Brewing Rice, Rice, Baby

Tapped February 28th, 2015
The year 2015 is shaping up to be the year of the humorous and punny beer name for Aussie brewers. We've had the likes of Full Metal Anorak, Stupid Sexy Flanders and Bad Boy Bubbly in recent weeks and now the Two Birds are at it. They've created a new beer to be launched at their Craft Beer Rising party on February 28 (then go out further afield beyond that) called Rice, Rice, Baby – complete with cartoon Vanilla Ice on the decal. There's no vanilla. No ice. No mid-brew change of direction from… Read more
Style
Spiced Rice Ale
Stockists

Two Birds Brewing (launched Feb 28)

Others to follow

Two Birds Wolf of the West

Tapped February 5th, 2015
After many years working in various roles in the Melbourne beer world, the man we once referred to as the Mozart of Aussie beer (due to his combination of ridiculous depth of knowledge on beer and ridiculously young age) is now brewing at Two Birds. And, having impressed friends and peers in the industry in the past with tiny trial batches, Wilson Hede has now been given his head and asked to create a beer for commercial release. The Wolf refers to a bunch of things: his penchant for wearing a wolf-covered… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
65 IBU
Stockists

Two Birds Nest

Public Brewery, Croydon

Two Birds Taco

Tapped May 24th, 2013
We clearly remember our first meeting with Two Birds Taco. The Crafty team had just walked into the Royal Exhibition Building for the opening session of the 2013 Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular and chosen the ten beers we'd put on our first pair of paddles. Nick O returned and declared: "I've changed one of them and gone for Two Birds Taco instead." Given it was a beer that seemed to have been brewed as much for the comedy value inherent in the title as anything else – and contained… Read more
Style
Fruit Beer?
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
28 IBU
Stockists

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