Grin and beer it: Stone & Wood wins award

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CHEERS: Stone & Wood co-owner Brad Rogers samples some of the brewery’s award-winning beer.CHEERS: Stone & Wood co-owner Brad Rogers samples some of the brewery’s award-winning beer. Patrick Gorbunovs

BYRON Bay brewer Stone & Wood has continued its run of success, with its Pacific Ale declared Best Tap Beer in Australia at this week’s 20th Australian Liquor Industry Awards.

Co-hosted by National Independent Liquor Wholesalers Association and Intrust Super, members from both the on- and off-premise sectors from throughout Australia vote on the awards.

Stone & Wood co-founder Jamie Cook paid tribute to Northern Rivers beer lovers for the win.

“Its really comes down to community support,” said Mr Cook

“We would not have been able to go on and compete on a national stage without very strong local support in the beginning.

“Stone & Wood is really a Northern Rivers beer.”

Mr Cook said the win was a surprise.

“We usually don’t enter many official beer contests because our beer does not confirm to strict competition categories”

“But we consistently do well in competitions based on our popularity with industry peers and beer lovers.

“I guess that means we are doing something right.”

The Stone & Wood Brewing Company was established in Byron Bay in 2008 by Cook, along with partners Brad Rogers and Ross Jurisich.

At any one time it has about 140,000 litres of beer brewing, turning over batches every three weeks.

The company is about to double its production capacity, with work on a second brewery at Murwillumbah due to be completed after Christmas.

“We usually struggle to keep up with demand at this time of year,” said Mr Cook.

“This will really take the lid off our capacity.”

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