Born and raised in Byron Bay, we're proudly independent and local, brewing and bottling our approachable beer in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
After catching a wave, a band at the pub, exploring the hinterland or catching up with friends, in this part of the world people enjoy having a beer. We brew beer for times like these - beers for the locals, friends passing through and those who appreciate good beer.
This region's natural beauty, the colourful, eclectic and community-minded people and the conscious approach to living inspire us and our beers.
It has shaped our philosophies and our values, influencing our approach to business and to living a good life. We try to not overcomplicate things, keep it simple and real, while using beer as a force for good.
The way of living around here is the way it should be.
Born and raised in Byron Bay, proudly local and independent.
We’re an eclectic crew that all share a love for good beer and living a good life. Our talents, skills and passions vary but we value the simple things and all share the common goal of brewing a good life for each other, our community and ourselves.
A motivated and passionate team is the success behind any business and so we’re always on the look out for like-minded people. Check out what roles we have (Work With Us) available or drop us a line, your resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our PhilosophyThree mates chose to set up in Byron Bay in 2008, inspired by the idea of creating a village brewery and with the vision of building a conscious business. Traditionally, everyone in the community had a role to play - the butcher, the baker and the local brewer… A brewery didn't just supply fresh beer to the locals, it was the meeting place and it could also be relied upon to support the wider community. We feel this is a part of our responsibility to support the people who support us.
Much like Australia's independent (or what some call the 'craft') beer industry, the company has grown a bit but the vision the boys had when they first sat around the kitchen table dreaming up the original Pacific Ale hasn't changed. Neither has remaining independent. The ability to freely pursue our vision without it being muddied by another's agenda's important to us.
We are still a pretty small fish in a fairly large pond… We make up less than 1% of the Aussie beer market.
Our brewery in Byron Bay is our spiritual home and the birthplace of Stone & Wood. You can drop in for a tour, try our beers in the tasting room and it's where we produce some of our limited releases and our untried, experimental Pilot Batch releases.
In 2014, we opened our second brewery up the road in Murwillumbah to try and meet the growing demand for our beer. It was important to us to remain in the Northern Rivers and invest in our community, rather than outsource our growth.
The difference between us and the big breweries is that we're not owned by a multinational corporation. When you buy our beer, you know what you're getting, you know who the people are behind it, and you know what they stand for. We proudly handcraft our beer using only four ingredients - water, malt, hops and yeast (the way it should be!). We don't cut corners to get the beer out quicker and it does not leave the brewery gates if it isn't up to our high quality standards. The difference between us and them is that we do it for the love of it! We're not trying to be the biggest or the best, we're trying to be good.
B-CORPWhat is B-Corp? It is an independent accreditation for profit businesses that meet rigorous standards set around governance, workers, community, environment, and business impact models. It certifies companies that are concerned for their communities and the environment.
What it means for Stone & Wood is that we’ve joined a growing global community of companies dedicated to being agents of positive change, including Patagonia, New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry's. These businesses have all proven that they meet high standards of social, economic and environmental accountability and transparency.
When we refer to brewing good beer, of course the quality of our product is our highest priority but ‘good’ goes beyond the rational attributes of our beer. It’s about what we do through our Ingrained (community), Green Feet (environment) and Brewlife (people) programs. We believe it is our responsibility, as the local brewer, to positively impact our communities.
Check out the B-Corp website to learn more about our report and find a community of like-minded companies determined to set a new standard for how business can be used as a force for good.