Have nothing in your tankards that you do not know to be yeastful,
nor believe to be Belgian. - Shark Dealer
Our intention is to brew small idiosyncratic batches of Belgian inspired ales, without compromise.
Craftwork Brewery is a collaborative brewing partnership between Michael O'Brien and Lee-Ann Scotti, founded on 15th March 2014. With a 50 litre Braumeister, we recognise that our capacity is ludicrously uneconomic,but we decided to brew ourselves, from grinding the malt by hand to bottling the finished product.
The craft work is a joy, and as we are not indebted, we opted to have a legal brewery in Lee-Ann's stone basement. This allows us in future to consider contract brewing and gives us the flexibility to dedicate the space to sour ales, usually too wild for most contract breweries to risk, if we so choose.
Whilst our inspiration is Belgian, and we salute the bold American role models, we like to source the finest malts and adjuncts, organically and locally.
AS THIS COULD BE THE START OF A LONG TERM RELATIONSHIP...
In May 2015, we won two silver medals, for the two beers we entered in the Australian International Beer Awards; Saison Anise and Grisette
In September 2015, we won three silver and two bronze medals in the Brewers Guild NZ International beer Awards. We were awarded silver for Saison Anise, Dark Lord (Quad) and Autobarn (collaboration with Choice Bros) and bronze for Flemish Floozie and Good Lord Tripel.
In May 2016, we won a gold and silver medal and two bronzes for the four beers we entered in the Australian International Beer Awards; Saison Zest (GOLD) Dark Lord Quadrupel (SILVER) Sacre Bleu and Scotch Bonnet (BRONZE)