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.

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. Instead if it’s food you’re seeking, the brewery has conspired with a range of locals to keep stomachs full, including Small Axe Deli and Green Acre Pizza who deliver in the afternoon and evening.

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.

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Name
CoConspirators Brewing
Address

377 Victoria Street
Brunswick
VIC 3056

Phone
0401 577 357
Open Hours

Wednesday to Sunday: 11am until late.


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CoConspirators Brewing Regulars

CoConspirators & Froth The Editor

Published January 11, 2019
Brewed to celebrate the birthdays of CoConspirators and Froth Craft Beer Mag, the character depicted on The Editor is decidedly less of an underworld figure when compared with the brewing operation’s other releases. Instead, the artwork shows the magazine’s founder Emily Day, side-by-side with her canine accomplice Alfie. The passionfruit and guava hoppy sour behind the label is a beer that quickly gained admiration upon release at the end of 2018, both from the bartenders and bottleshop staff… Read more
Style
Hoppy Sour
ABV
4.8%

CoConspirators The BeanCounter

Published June 1, 2018
When launching their brewing company, the four friends behind CoConspirators made it clear they didn’t just want to conspire with one another to make beer, but others as well. For The Beancounter porter, their chosen coconspirators were Brunswick based speciality coffee roasters Padre Coffee, who provided a speciality coffee blend “Hey Buddy” for use in the beer. The resulting beer is one with prominent roasted notes, albeit kept in check by hints of vanilla sweetness. The coffee side of things… Read more
Style
Coffee Porter
ABV
5.0%

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
ABV
4.6%
Bitterness
40 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
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
63 IBU

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
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
48 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing Specials

CoConspirators The Hype Man, Home Delivered Hazy IPA & Olmo's Silky Smooth Stout

Published June 15, 2022
CoConspirators have never really been a brewery to shy away from making new beers but with their Brunswick home now about six months into its life, they’ve certainly hit a stride. Hype Man is a fanfare-driving hazy pale ale set to get the hoppy party started with Simcoe, Azacca and Idaho 7. It’s a combination that packs a punchy mix of lemon peel, further citrus in the shape of tangerine, with a tropical finish of pineapple and with the pale being quite light on the palate, he’s the kind of… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale, Hazy IPA & Stout
ABV
5.0%, 6.5% & 5.5%

CoConspirators Brewing & Small Axe The Nonna

Published May 19, 2022
If you were a fan of CoConspirators Brewing during their early days - circa 2016/17 - and then missed the last few years of their releases, The Nonna might give you pause for thought. Weren’t these beers based around underworld figures? Is The Nonna hiding something quite dangerous in her bowl of hops? But don’t fret too much - the conspiracy is now much bigger and many of the CoConspirators’ aren’t as deadly as they once were. Indeed, the biggest danger brought by The Nonna is likely telling… Read more
Style
Italian Pilsner
ABV
5.0%

CoConspirators Brewing The Investor & Brewpub Series: Pale Ale

Published April 8, 2022
Since their Brunswick brewpub opened in the final weeks of 2021, it’s safe to say the team at CoConspirators have been busy. Having built that brewery with help from supporters via equity crowdfunding, the team was quick to invite those who chipped in to develop their own beer. Clearly, there must be IPA fans among those equity investors, with the resulting beer, The Investor, a West Coast featuring Australian Eclipse and American Mosaic hops. It seems too many chefs don't necessarily spoil the… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Pale Ale
ABV
7.1% & 4.3%

CoConspirators & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Brewer

Published March 11, 2022
For International Women’s Day 2022, CoConspirators and Blackhearts & Sparrows came together to celebrate the impact women have on the brewing industry while also challenging the pervasive industry stereotypes. The Brewer is a West Coast IPA where the can artwork disputes widespread perceptions about what brewers look like and the beer inside is one the collaborators have described as bold and assertive. Using an all-American trio of Mosaic, Talus and Strata hops, The Brewer is certainly boldly… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.8%

NZ Hops 2022: CoConspirators & Mismatch

Published January 14, 2022
Several years ago, if you were learning about craft beer, you may have discovered that IPA was a style of beer. Well, that lesson would look somewhat different today: IPA is no longer a style but an ever-broader and diverse category all of its own. You could even argue IPA is more of a hoppy approach or a state of mind. Take these two beers from The Great Brew Challenge as clear evidence, both featuring Wa-iti hops from New Zealand. In the case of CoConspirators, the Melbourne brewers haven’t… Read more
Style
Double Cold IPA & Oat Cream IPA
ABV
7.8% & 8.0%
Stockists

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Dainton Lupe de Lupe & The Associates (ft CoConspirators)

Published November 24, 2021
They can never get enough hops at Dainton, with the Melbourne brewery’s desire to showcase the thrill of the little green beasts never slowing. Maybe the most thrilling of them all is “Maxx Hopps”, the fire-jumping daredevil on the brewery’s NEIPA, Lupe de Lupe. The beer has brewed in collaboration with Hop Products Australia and is one of a dozen beers in the hop supplier’s packs that are available from Beer Cartel. Crack into it and you may well wonder if a tin of pineapple has been opened… Read more
Style
NEIPA & Double NEIPA
ABV
6.5% & 8.0%

CoConspirators Brewing The Activist

Published July 8, 2021
Apologies if you're learning about this for the first time on these pages, but there are some major issues in the world. It’s warming up for one, inequality is rife, and there’s been this nasty pandemic gripping the planet for well over a year now. What’s worse is that, despite all the disruption, the world’s still getting hotter and inequality and social injustice remain powerful. Change at a government level can be slow too, and often institutions need to be dragged there by an even more… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
7.0%

CoConspirators Brewing The Whistleblower

Published June 8, 2021
Is there something the two couples behind CoConspirators Brewing know that the rest of us don’t? There they go, releasing a beer called The Whistleblower at the start of June and a week later, the largest crime sting in Australia’s history takes place and more than 200 members of the local mafia and other ne’er-do-well associations are arrested. Given it’s an oatmeal stout, we can probably assume that it's a mere coincidence at the very least but given the description of the beer discusses… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.5%

CoConspirators Brewing & Carwyn Cellars The Spy

Published April 12, 2021
Well before we knew what a novel coronavirus was, CoConspirators Brewing and Carwyn Cellars began harbouring a secret beer across several barrels. The Spy is an imperial rye beer that's been aged in aquavit, sherry and port barrels and after spending two years aging in wood, the conspirators blended their secret together, put it in bottles and dipped his head in wax for release in 2021 just as Melbourne hit its first cold snap of the year. It’s a fitting beer for a cold night too, with the 12.5… Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Imperial Rye
ABV
12.5%

CoConspirators Brewing & Fizz and Hop The Architect

Published November 13, 2020
Both the brewers at CoConspirators and the team at the Moonee Ponds bottleshop Fizz and Hop have been busy building of late. Work is still being done on the former’s Brunswick brewpub while, at the latter, they've spent two Melbourne lockdowns getting their bar and restaurant Holmes Hall ready to welcome people inside. Like any beer, a good idea needs good design and the two operations have teamed up to recognise that via oat cream IPA, The Architect. With flaked oats in the malt bill and additional… Read more
Style
Oat Cream IPA
ABV
6.5%
Stockists

List of stockists avaialble here

CoConspirators Brewing The Agent

Published September 25, 2020
I’m old enough to remember when the characters created by CoConspirators Brewing were merely getaway drivers and money launderers; now here we are in 2020 and they’ve got a secret agent on their hands. Well, The Agent might hold secrets but, if she does, they likely wouldn't be kept inside the clear orange beer (I’ll show myself out). What The Agent certainly holds, however, is a hop combination in the shape of Cashmere, Amarillo and Mosaic. Those detonate with a serious explosion of peach,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

VICTORIA

Blackhearts and Sparrows

Regent Cellars

Craft and Vine

The Fat Goat

Cork The Liquor Store

Chas Cole Cellars

Seddon Wine Store

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CoConspirators Brewing The Postman

Published July 28, 2020
Let's be honest, The Postman doesn't command the same level of underworld cachet of the figures that usually adorn CoConspirators beers, but considering the important role they've played keeping beer fridges full this year, it's fitting the brewery would turn such a figure into a beer. As always, the can design is the work of Clint Weaver from Pocketbeagles, with the image likely a familiar one for any brewing company or drinker that found a package of much-needed beer going missing as parcels flew… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%

CoConspirators Brewing The Double Butcher

Published June 24, 2020
The Butcher has been a mainstay in the CoConspirator’s lineup for a few years now and, to welcome winter, the brewers have returned to the knife-wielding boy and given him a second knife with which to strut his stuff. At 7.5 percent ABV, The Double Butcher isn't actually substantially stronger than the OG red IPA – that sits at a round 6 – but there’s certainly substantially greater layers of richness to be discovered within. The tweaked recipe still features the same hops – Amarillo,… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
7.5%

CoConspirators The Fall Guy & The Pastry Chef

Published April 30, 2020
This pair of releases from CoConspirators happen to be two of the brewing company’s strongest and both feel like fitting subjects on Melbourne’s coldest April day in decades. First up is The Fall Guy, an autumnal double hazy IPA hopped with El Dorado, Mosaic, Azacca and Idaho 7. In many ways, the beer is familiar territory for the brewing company, which has attracted plenty of fans for The Matriarch NEIPA, with The Fall Guy taking that template and stepping into bigger and boozier territory.… Read more
Style
Double Hazy IPA & Salted Caramel Slice Stout
ABV
8.3% & 8.2%

CoConspirators Brewing The Neighbour

Published December 3, 2019
At the start of October, CoConspirators Brewing asked beer fans to come up with a name for their forthcoming New Zealand IPA, a move we’ve been assured doesn’t mean they’re anywhere near running out of characters to cover their releases. Hundreds of people put their thoughts forward, with The Neighbour winning out as the top choice. Thus, rather than taking the shape of the underworld figures often found on a CoConspirators release, The Neighbour is instead the friendly rugby player down the… Read more
Style
NZ IPA
ABV
7.0%
Stockists

Mrs Parmas - Little Bourke Street

Harry Brown Liquor

Fizz and Hop

The Fat Goat

Brighton Bay Cellars

Cellarbrations Somerville

Marquis of Lorne

Bottle-O Northcote

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CoConspirators Brewing The Imposter

Published October 31, 2019
To coincide with the first Indie Beer Day, CoConspirators looked to poke some fun at the world’s largest breweries through their new limited release, The Imposter. The West Coast IPA takes aim at big companies that try to look small and the beer's blurb encourages you to look beyond any mustachioed figures and instead study what's in your hand. If it’s The Imposter that’s in your hand, you’ll find a swirl of tropical flavours thanks to the Citra, Mosaic and Ekuanot hop combo. Papaya mixes… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

The Fat Goat

Wines On Poath

Regent Cellars

Boilermaker House

Marquis of Lorne

Elsternwick Cellars

Cellarbrations Carnegie

Camberwell Cellars

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CoConspirators Brewing & Blackhearts & Sparrows The Merchant

Published October 31, 2019
The crew at Blackhearts & Sparrows haven’t just been hard at work opening new stores of late (you can read the story of the family-run bottleshops here), they’ve also been collaborating with an increasing number of breweries too. Among their collaborators are Melbourne gypsy brewers CoConspirators, with whom they brewed The Merchant, a feijoa sour complete with a label designed in the likeness of Blackhearts co-founder Jess Ghaie. Though the feijoa doesn’t have the same kind of popularity… Read more
Style
Feijoa Sour
ABV
4.8%

CoConspirators Brewing The Park Ranger & The Distributor

Published July 10, 2019
The gypsy brewers at CoConspirators have been busy conspiring with hops of late, with two hazy collaborations released in quick succession. The more restrained of the two was brewed with The Park Hotel in Abbotsford and pays homage to Yogi Bear’s constant foil: The Park Ranger. And, like a walk through Jellystone Park or a raid of the picnic basket, the hazy pale provides a fragrant mix of fruit flavours. Largely those take the shape of citrus, pawpaw and pine that stand out against the palest… Read more
Style
Hazy Pale Ale & Hazy Double IPA
ABV
4.5% & 7.6%

CoConspirators The Wise Guy

Published May 24, 2019
Whether it’s thanks to the small tasting serves or the sheer number of beers at each festival, dessert beers have certainly taken a hold of GABS. But when it comes to a Weiss Bar, should it be classified a dessert or a delicious afternoon snack? For the uninitiated, contrary to my popular assumption, Weiss Bars aren’t actually frozen yoghurt, but fruit-filled ice cream. Surely, that means they fits better into "tasty afternoon treat" territory than "fully-fledged dessert",… Read more
Style
Mango Cream Sour
ABV
5.0%
Stockists

Swords Select South Melbourne

Cellarbrations at Chas Cole

Fitzroy Cellars

Wines On Poath

Bottlemart Frankston

Parkhill Cellars

Heartbreaker

Camberwell Cellars

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CoConspirators The Apprentice

Published May 24, 2019
Brunswick may be home to countless cafés and a fair share of coffee roasteries but, if you’re in the neighbourhood want to see how chocolate is made, Ratio Cocoa Roasters is where you need to be. From bean to bar, each part of the chocolate making process is showcased inside the Sydney Road store where, of course, myriad finished products can be purchased. First brewed for winter 2018, The Apprentice is a collaboration between CoConsporators and said chocolatier. Pouring black and with a thickness… Read more
Style
Chocolate Milk Stout
ABV
5.9%

CoConspirators The Salesman XPA

Published March 1, 2019
The Butcher, The Middleman and The Henchman might all be more obvious criminal underworld figures but anyone who’s ever finished bartering with their wallet far lighter than expected might feel there’s plenty of dubious salespeople out there too. And, for CoConspirators' first seasonal release of 2019, the brewing company has looked to that kind of peddler in decorating The Salesman XPA. Dressed in a cheap suit and surrounded by even cheaper wallpaper (one that’s reminiscent of a grandmother’s… Read more
Style
XPA
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

Decanters By The Bay

Union Wine Store

Beer 360

Prince Wine Store

Fitzroy Cellars

The Hop Supply Co

The Hack

The Goods Shed

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CoConspirators Sour Matriarch

Published February 4, 2019
Of all the characters associated with CoConspirator’s beers, The Matriarch has surely become the best known. It’s scored the brewing company a spot in the GABS Hottest 100 two years in a row and the beer has found plenty of supporters among those who love their IPAs hazy and juicy. First brewed for Hop Quest 2019 at Beer DeLuxe, The Sour Matriarch – as the name suggests – is a sour twist on the hazy IPA (welcome to 2019, craft beer traditionalists), that shares its base with The Matriarch… Read more
Style
Sour NEIPA
ABV
6.5%

CoConspirators & Market Juice The Middleman

Published January 11, 2019
Market Juice has long been an established name in Melbourne’s hospitality world, providing myriad cafes with their daily juices, squeezed fresh at the terrifyingly early hour of 2am each morning. For many Melburnians, the name is also synonymous with the Queen Victoria Market where, since 2001, the juice stall has been providing shoppers with their sweet fix throughout the day. It’s decidedly less common for the name Market Juice to be associated with brewing. But CoConspirators has looked to… Read more
Style
Grapefruit IPA
ABV
7.4%

CoConspirators The Henchman

Published November 14, 2018
When the two couples behind CoConspirators first launched their gypsy brewing operation, they did so with a West Coast IPA known as The Henchman. That was back in 2016, at a time when the haze craze hadn’t fully draped its foggy murk over Australia’s craft beer scene and finding an IPA packed with bitterness wasn’t quite the challenge it is today. For those who like their IPAs big and bitter, the decision by the CoConspirators to bring The Henchman back into their core range of cans in 2018… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.8%
Stockists

And other good beer outlets in Victoria

CoConspirators The Undertaker

Published October 9, 2018
CoConspirators Brewing’s latest colourful – or, perhaps more accurately, rather drably dressed – offering has been brought to life as The Undertaker. It's a rye IPA featuring a mix of Simcoe, Idaho 7 and New Zealand’s Kohatu, a fact you might be able to ascertain if you get your hands on a can and manage to crack the code on the beer’s side. Alternatively, you could stare at it blankly for a minute and then ask CoConspirators’ graphic designer what it all means, as this beer writer did. The… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
6.0%
Stockists

And select good beer outlets in VIC

CoConspirators The Imperial Henchman

Published July 18, 2018
Back when the gypsy brewers at CoConspirators launched in 2016, they did so with a big West Coast IPA called The Henchman. Though they’ve since riffed aplenty on the the IPA theme, most notably with their popular NEIPA The Matriarch, they’ve never returned to the West Coast influences of those earliest days. That’s until they decided The Henchman was due to return, albeit in imperial form. The Imperial Henchman is a classic big 'n' bitter beer that packs a tropical punch (or should that be… Read more
Style
West Coast Imperial IPA
ABV
8.3%
Bitterness
90 IBU
Stockists

And on tap at select Melbourne bars

CoConspirators Brewing The Wheelman Blueberry Gose

Published March 29, 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
ABV
4.4%
Bitterness
5 IBU

CoConspirators Brewing The Wheelman Raspberry Gose

Published December 12, 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
ABV
4.2%
Bitterness
4 IBU