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New Brewery Down Under

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Byron Bay, AustraliaByron Bay Premium Brewery will officially open to the public on Nov. 25. Planning for the new state-of-the-art brewery began in 2007 and is finally completed. The new brewery promises to offer a little something for everyone, from craft beer lovers to art enthusiasts.

Peter Jamieson, managing director of Byron Bay Beverages, said the new brewery was an old Piggery built in 1898. The building was so old that it needed a make-over. “We had to take the roof off the building and bring a crane in to airlift all the equipment in through the roof as it would not fit in the doorways and make it up and down all the levels on the floors,” Jamieson said. “We have had to cut through very thick concrete floors to create drains and piping ability through the whole building to create a waste management system that satisfied everyone’s (including council’s) requirements.”

ByronBayIn light of Oktoberfest celebrations, Byron Bay Premium Brewery will feature Premium Ale, a low-carb Blonde, Bock, Pale Ale and a Pilsner during their Oktoberfest celebrations October 16-18.  which will include “schnitzel eating contests, strong arm contests, and keg throwing.”

The brewery also has its own restaurant, offering pasta, burgers, pizzas, steaks and rotating daily specials. When possible, they are hoping to buy produce from local farmers to help support the community and economy of Byron Bay. The Brewery is also hoping to hire as many locals as possible. This apparent desire to ingrain themselves in Byron’s economy and culture stems, in part, from the fact that Barry Schadel, the majority stockholder in the company, has spent several years living in Byron Bay, raising his four sons.

Jamieson said he hopes to draw a new crowd by involving art with the brewery. “We are running “The Inaugural Byron Brewery Arts Award in November,”” Jamieson said. The winner will receive $5,000 for their piece and will also be on permanent display in the brewery. This will be alongside all the other art that constantly adorns all available wall space in the building that we display free of charge and free of commission for a number of local artists.”