A Local Perspective - Jamie

Get to know the Northern Rivers...


The token kiwi in the office, Jamie, moved to Byron almost ten years ago from Melbourne after realising that the big smoke couldn't quite beat the coastal country roots he grew up in in New Zealand.

Jamie is project managing the new brewery build on our Ewingsdale Rd site. As the original, independent brewers of the Northern Rivers, we want to share our story of how we brew good beer to those visitors who seek us out. The new space allows us to bring our office, tasting room and brewery back under one roof, something we feel is vital to the heartbeat of our workplace and culture.

Jamie’s been working closely with Byron Bay Council and Harley Graham Architects to bring it all to life. His background in systems and development have helped him take the dream and start turning it into a reality, one that will take the next 12-15 months to complete (fingers crossed!).


Describe your perfect day in Byron.

I get up early and bike down to Suffolk and walk south to Broken Head for a swim. On my way home, I pass Tully’s and pick up a coffee before cruising home with another pit stop at Baz and Shaz, an epic local fruit and veg shop, for some fresh eggs and herbs. My backyard resembles Jurassic Park because of the reserve it backs onto so it makes a pretty great backdrop for an omelette. When it starts getting a little warmer I head over to Dolphins to meet mates, throw the Frisbee and grab a few waves if the swell is pumping. After the thirsty work of relaxing all day, beers and a good feed at the pub in town usually rounds it all up.


If a mate pops by for a day, what is on the agenda?

I would grab us some coffees up at the lighthouse because of the postcard picture view before wandering down to Watego’s for a swim. Beaches, the restaurant, is just over the hill and has a pretty impressive breakfast menu and arguably the best table front view in Byron.

In Winter, I like to take friends down to Lennox Headland and watch the whales. It’s incredible how close they get and the headland is an underrated viewing platform.

If my mates are legends, I book into St Elmo’s for what is hands-down the most impressive restaurant in Byron. The quality of seafood and the obvious love put into each dish makes an incredible dining experience.

Clear nights in Byron perfectly wrap up the night and are best enjoyed where we started the day, the Lighthouse. The view of the sky is an evening feature and an amazing location to watch a summer storm roll in.


Best place for a beer?

The Beach Hotel. The vibe is always on point and the different faces keep each weekend feeling like I’m sharing in on a holiday. The views not too bad too and I’m yet to get sick of it.

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