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CoConspirators Brewing

Conspiracy theories have long marched hand and hand with human history. Whenever impressive or outrageous feats take place, there’s likely to be people eager to offer their own hot take on what exactly went down.

And, as social media has made ever greater inroads into our everyday lives, conspiracies have managed to spread even further. Today, there’s no shortage of dark corners of the internet where groups form around discussion of pizza-based murder cults, fluoride, chem trails and the reptilian origin of many of the world’s leaders.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some forces conspiring for good; well, good beer anyway. That’s the case with CoConspirators Brewing Company, a plot dreamed up by two couples: Maggie and Deon Smit and Tim Martin and Jacqui Sacco.

Long before any of them considered brewing professionally, paramedics Maggie and Deon brewed fanatically – at home as part of the Melbourne homebrew club Merri Mashers. It was there they met future accomplices Tim and Jacqui and, despite all sharing a love of beer, in the early days the conversations were centred more around recipe development and hopping regimes than any thought of going pro.

That was until Deon and Maggie won a Merri Mashers competition and were invited to brew their IPA at Kooinda Brewery and Tim got the chance to brew one of his beers at the Clifton Hill Brewpub. Standing in bars and watching strangers buy the beers they’d made seemed enough to softly plant the seeds that a future in the professional beer world might not be a bad idea. Separately, and quietly, the two couples started having what must have been incredibly similar conversations about whether it was time to turn their love of brewing into something more serious.

As fate would have it, all four ended up realising they shared a similar goal and a scheme was hatched; if they were going to jump, they should all jump together. Decision made, in late 2016 the first CoConspirators kegs started rolling through the bar doors of Melbourne and it wasn’t long before bottles and cans started appearing too, each adorned by the artwork of Melbourne graphic designer, Clint Weaver, itself based around the brewing company’s clandestine theme.

Each release is brought to life as an underworld figure, from the Bookie Pale Ale, to New England IPA, The Matriarch, with those characters' tales found on the side of the cans. The core range is one that focuses mostly on hop forward styles, but the brewing operation’s regular limited releases have shown an affinity for yeast driven beers, sours and barrel ageing as well.

As a gypsy operation, Maggie, Deon, Tim and Jacqui have a number of other regular accomplices in the shape of the Victorian breweries that offer them space to keep the beer flowing. That said, the idea of setting up a home of their own has featured heavily in their plotting since the first CoConspirators beer was in tanks; watch this space...

Regardless of where they end up putting down roots, CoConspirators’ raison d'être remains much as it was when they started: four people – two couples – conspiring to make good beer. No further conspiracies required here, thanks very much.

Will Ziebell

Name
CoConspirators Brewing
Address

PO BOX 5085
Moreland West
VIC 3055

Phone
0401 577 357
Website

CoConspirators Brewing Regulars

CoConspirators Brewing The Matriarch

It's fair to say the rise of the New England IPA style has been little short of meteoric. Yet, of the very many variants that have been sent into the world by Aussie brewers, there's not too many that have become staples for said brewers. Thankfully, for lovers of hazy juice bombs, CoConspirators is one of the few that keeps on brewing theirs; better still, she's one of the best around. Indeed, The Matriarch, for it is she that is the foursome's NEIPA, has enjoyed its own meteoric rise, pushing the… Read more
Style
NEIPA
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
48 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing The Butcher

As the name and artwork colourfully allude, The Butcher is beer that’s as red as they come, and one that goes to work pitting aromatic American hops against a complex mix of specialty malts. On the hop front, those fruit flavours that cut through are mango, peach and apricot, all mixed in with some resinous piney characteristics. Those are then sliced against a backbone of hearty toasted malt and toffee flavours, with raisin like qualities to be discovered too. Unsurprisingly for a red ale, there’s… Read more
Style
Red IPA
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
63 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing The Bookie

Judging from scores of movies and television shows, when it comes to bookies, the one place you really don’t want to be is in their debt. Fortunately, when it comes to beer, while this particular Bookie is perfectly willing to take your hard earned, your thumbs are more likely to stay in place and you'll get something in return. In exchange for your cash, The Bookie delivers fruity, hop forward flavours in spades, with passionfruit, citrus and stone fruit jumping from your glass (or can) courtesy… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
40 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing Specials

CoConspirators Brewing The Wheelman Blueberry Gose

Tapped March 29th, 2018
Brewers' notes: You have heard the saying, “drive it like you stole it” but, to be honest… The Wheelman probably had. He wasn’t in it for the money; he loved the thrill, the rush and the adrenaline. Having been in the game this long there wasn’t much sweetness left, just an acid tongue and a salty demeanour. It jumps out of the glass with tangy, dry and tart flavours melding in your mouth, leaving you craving the next sip… Read more
Style
Blueberry Gose
Strength
4.4%
Bitterness
5 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing The Wheelman Raspberry Gose

Tapped December 12th, 2017
Brewers' notes: You have heard the saying, “drive it like you stole it” but, to be honest… The Wheelman probably had. He wasn’t in it for the money; he loved the thrill, the rush and the adrenaline. Having been in the game this long there wasn’t much sweetness left, just an acid tongue and a salty demeanour. It jumps out of the glass with tangy, dry and tart flavours melding in your mouth, leaving you craving the next sip.… Read more
Style
Raspberry Gose
Strength
4.2%
Bitterness
4 IBU
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