Locals from the Northern Rivers and beyond are invited to raise a glass of independent beer with the rest of the country on Saturday 26th October at 2.00pm AEST at Stone and Wood Brewery, in celebration of the inaugural national Indie Beer Day.
Established by the Independent Brewers Association (IBA), the industry body representing the interests of independent Australian brewers, Indie Beer Day encourages beer-lovers to raise a glass at 2.00pm AEST for a national‘cheers!’, with the aim of celebrating and raising awareness around the industry.
Independence in the brewing world refers to brewers and breweries who are owned and operated independently and, according to the IBA, who value authenticity, localism and the communities built around them.
Some 600 independent breweries operate today across Australia, contributing to local economies, industry and employment.
Since opening in 2008, Northern Rivers brewery Stone and Wood has remained independent, with some 75% of its employees holding shares within the company.
Stone and Wood co-founder and IBA chairman Jamie Cook said:“Saturday 26th October will be a day to come together to pause and celebrate our growing role in the community and share it with all Australian drinkers.
”The Tasting Room at Stone and Wood Brewery in Byron Bay will have pop-up bars from independent breweries Fixation and Forest for the Trees, roaming nibbles from their canteen and an orchestrated ‘cheers!’ at 2.00pm.
Those keen to support independent brewed beer in Australia are encouraged to look for the certified Independent Beer logo, ask for independent beer at their local venues and visit Stone and Wood Brewery on Saturday 26th October to participate in the national ‘cheers!’ and share it on social media.
Independent beer can be found at Stone and Wood’s online store and stockists around the region.