The Sow and Piglets Brewery came about from the need to renovate the BBQ area of the Port Campbell Hostel. John Moloney who has always enjoyed a beer or two and knows a bit about agriculture, decided to build a brewery and produce his own beer – a Boys Own Adventure!
Research has been thorough and after a trip to the Craft Brewer’s Conference in Philadelphia and a stopover in San Diego to assess how to involve the local community, the dye was set and the gear was ordered! Grain and Grape, Melbourne, the importers of the Braumeister brewing equipment assisted with our set up and layout.
From the start we decided to try and use local produce where possible and if not local-then certainly Australian! As we progressed the dream, John attended a course in micro brewing at SA TAFE in Adelaide so that he could comprehend what the Professor and Simon were talking about! A great course run by Stephen Nelsen-with two “e’s” if you don’t mind!
Our region was a great hop production region in the 1870’s but the red-legged earth mite put paid to the production. Wild hops are growing in the region and also in the Otway’s. We have one local grower with a nursery of hop rhizomes that will be promoted to interested local growers and we will be using local barley and wheat from the shire in our brews where possible. Show Less