CoConspirators Brewing

Brewer

Name
CoConspirators Brewing
Address

377 Victoria Street
Brunswick
VIC 3056

Phone
03 9193 9765
Open Hours

Wednesday to Sunday: midday until late

Regular events

Señor BBQ kitchen residency (Jan 24 to Mar 3, 2024)

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.

But on winning some homebrewing competitions and seeing their beers enjoyed in pubs, go pro they did, launching with a West Coast IPA late in 2016. For many years the two couples spent their time travelling across Melbourne, brewing out of different locations and building a following of eager fans for their beers.

Each release is brought to life by Clint Weaver from Pocketbeagles as an underworld figure, from the Bookie Pale Ale, to their 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.

That said, the idea of setting up a home of their own has featured heavily in their plotting and, at the start of 2020, the CoConspirators announced they were building a home in Brunswick. It ultimately opened in the final days of 2021 on Victoria Street, with the colourful and bright space as welcoming as the four people behind the beers.

Located in a beautiful old warehouse, the brewpub has capacity for around 200 people and includes 24 taps, perfectly-placed seats to view the brewing, a family room, beer garden and space for a future kitchen. For the moment, the brewpub regularly hosts food conspirators for residencies, with Senor BBQ keeping bellies full with their Argentinean charcoal delights.

But, even as their operation evolves, 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

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Core Range

CoConspirators Brewing Sour
Sour
4.0%
CoConspirators Brewing IPA
IPA
5.8%
CoConspirators Brewing Lager
Lager
4.5%
CoConspirators Brewing Hazy Pale Ale
Hazy Pale
4.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Matriarch
NEIPA
6.5%

Limited Releases

CoConspirators Brewing The Mini Matriarch
Session Hazy IPA
3.5%
Co-Conspirators Brewing The Customiser
West Coast Pilsner
5.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Fuzz
Fruited Sour
4.3%
CoConspirators The Double Matriarch
Double NEIPA
8.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Freedom Fighter
Kellerbier
4.8%
CoConspirators Brewing The Nightcrawler
Dark Lager
4.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Don Part 2
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
12.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Barber
Baltic Porter
6.5%
Bad Shepherd X CoConspirators The Roadie
West Coast IPA
6.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Bandit & The Repeat Offender
Red IPA & Oat Cream IPA
7.1% & 6.7%
CoConspirators Brewing & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Brewer 2023
Rye Amber Ale
4.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Smuggler
Cerveza
4.6%
CoConspirators The Moonshiner & The Explorer
Botanical Sour & NZ Pilsner
Both 4.7%
CoConspirators Brewing The Renegade & The Embezzler
West Coast IPA & Black IPA
5.8% & 6.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Don
Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout
11.6%
CoConspirators The Hype Man, Home Delivered Hazy IPA & Olmo's Silky Smooth Stout
Hazy Pale Ale, Hazy IPA & Stout
5.0%, 6.5% & 5.5%
CoConspirators Brewing & Small Axe The Nonna
Italian Pilsner
5.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Investor & Brewpub Series: Pale Ale
West Coast IPA & Pale Ale
7.1% & 4.3%
CoConspirators & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Brewer
West Coast IPA
6.8%
NZ Hops 2022: CoConspirators & Mismatch
Double Cold IPA & Oat Cream IPA
7.8% & 8.0%
Dainton Lupe de Lupe & The Associates (ft CoConspirators)
NEIPA & Double NEIPA
6.5% & 8.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Activist
Rye IPA
7.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Whistleblower
Oatmeal Stout
5.5%
CoConspirators Brewing & Carwyn Cellars The Spy
Barrel-Aged Imperial Rye
12.5%
CoConspirators Brewing & Fizz and Hop The Architect
Oat Cream IPA
6.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Agent
IPA
7.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Postman
IPA
6.5%
CoConspirators Brewing The Double Butcher
Red IPA
7.5%
CoConspirators The Fall Guy & The Pastry Chef
Double Hazy IPA & Salted Caramel Slice Stout
8.3% & 8.2%
CoConspirators Brewing The Neighbour
NZ IPA
7.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Imposter
West Coast IPA
6.0%
CoConspirators Brewing & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Merchant
Feijoa Sour
4.8%
CoConspirators Brewing The Park Ranger & The Distributor
Hazy Pale Ale & Hazy Double IPA
4.5% & 7.6%
CoConspirators The Wise Guy
Mango Cream Sour
5.0%
CoConspirators The Apprentice
Chocolate Milk Stout
5.9%
CoConspirators The Salesman XPA
XPA
5.1%
CoConspirators Sour Matriarch
Sour NEIPA
6.5%
CoConspirators & Froth The Editor
Hoppy Sour
4.8%
CoConspirators & Market Juice The Middleman
Grapefruit IPA
7.4%
CoConspirators The Henchman
West Coast IPA
6.8%
CoConspirators The Undertaker
Rye IPA
6.0%
CoConspirators The Imperial Henchman
West Coast Imperial IPA
8.3%
CoConspirators The BeanCounter
Coffee Porter
5.0%
CoConspirators Brewing The Wheelman Blueberry Gose
Blueberry Gose
4.4%
CoConspirators Brewing The Wheelman Raspberry Gose
Raspberry Gose
4.2%
CoConspirators Brewing The Bookie
Pale Ale
4.6%
CoConspirators Brewing The Butcher
Red IPA
6.0%
CoConspirators The Snitch Pale Ale
Pale Ale
4.5%