Ash Hazell, formerly of Barrow Boys and Little Creatures, is the new head of brewing at Colonial Brewing Co.
Hazell, whose appointment follows the departure of Justin Fox to Bintani, said the Colonial job appealed to him for many reasons.
“The Port Melbourne brewery has great equipment for brewing high quality beer and plenty of room to grow,” he said.
“I haven’t seen a better canning line in another Australian brewery and you really do need the right gear to make consistent beer.
“There’s been some great innovations from Colonial as well, like the unique can design. I love the focus on hospitality because letting people into the brewery is a great way to educate around what real beer is.
“There also seems to be a really passionate culture amongst the Colonial team, which is a sure sign that it’s a great company to be part of,” said Hazell.
Also joining Colonial is Ryan Nobbs, as head brewer at the company’s Margaret River brewery.
“After completing his Diploma of Brewing at the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago, Ryan began his training in Munich to become a Master Brewer,” Colonial said.
“Learning both traditional and modern brewing techniques throughout Europe, Ryan became the first Australian to ever complete the Master Brewing qualification through Siebel, Doemans and the World Brewing Association.”