Travelling North and South America following the surf on a budget meant that there were a lot of very long bus rides. It was during these breaks from the swell, that I began to think about the awesome craft beer industry in the Americas. Why wasn’t there anything like this in Australia? So out came the journal, and over numerous 10 hour bus rides, the idea for Swell Brewing Co. developed.
As soon as I returned to Australia, I started on my brewing career. Setting up a brewery in our back shed, I worked hard at perfecting my beers. I was a favourite guest at many of my mates houses as I would bring around my brews for feedback sessions. Three years of brewing from scratch, and I felt that my recipes were where I wanted them to be. I still use the shed brewery for all of my brewing trials.
In my non-brewing life, I run our own vineyard called Rayments Block which produces premium fruit for Penfolds and Wirra Wirra wines.
Married to winemaker for Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards, Corrina, we are the proud parents of Koen and Miah. I enjoy travelling, especially exploring new surf breaks and snow slopes with my family. We love to getaway to our holiday house Blue Horizon at Marion Bay (www.bluehorizonmarionbay.com.au) on the Yorke Peninisula- with some of best surf in the state!
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