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Hopping into bay brewery 'thirsty work'

ASSEMBLING a brewery can be thirsty work and emptying four shipping containers in the pouring rain deserves more than just a few beers.

After months of waiting Brad Rogers, Jamie Cook and Ross Jurisich finally took delivery of all the pieces for their purpose-built beer maker from Canada.

The founders of Byron Bay's Stone and Wood, a craft brewery scheduled to pour its first beer in November, showed their muscle when they unloaded the containers on Thursday night as rain poured down.

They worked from 3.30pm until 1.30am and returned to set up the device the next day.

“It's really exciting, it's been on the boil for a little while,” company brewer Brad Rogers said.

“We had no idea when we would get the containers. They have been sitting in Brisbane undergoing customs and quarantine for 11 days, so we have been on edge like expectant fathers.

“Now all we have to do is put it all together. It's the world's biggest Meccano set and we are big kids really.”

Mr Rogers said the cost of setting up the craft brewery, which he described as being bigger than a micro brewery, was an unknown quantity but was definitely more than $1 million.

No one made brew- houses, as the components for the brewery are called, in Australia so the partners ordered them from Canadian company DME because they said they were the best.

The men all worked together at Matilda Bay Brewing Company, a subsidiary of Fosters, and perfected their beer-making technique there before deciding to take the plunge and make their own amber fluid.

“There's so many different people in Byron, it's such a perfect place to have a brewery and for me personally to bring my wife and four kids,” Mr Rogers said. “We've all got a lot of experience in doing what we do, in total more than 50 years.

“We can't not be excited and happy, we're making beer, we're working in a brewery and we're in Byron Bay.”

“It's the world's biggest Meccano set and we are big kids really”



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