Introducing The Prequel - The Father of Pacific Ale

Celebrating 10 years of Galaxy Hops with The Prequel...

The father of Pacific Ale that never was...

The Prequel is an ultra-dry-hopped Australian style ale that pours hazy gold and full strength. The copious additions of Galaxy hops offer powerful aromas of passionfruit, pineapple, mango and citrus. Its bold hop character is refreshingly balanced by a low bitterness, finishing dry and crisp...

“Pacific Ale I am your father” (cue Star Wars theme music).

The Prequel Story

10 years ago, Stone & Wood co-founder Brad Rogers was brewing up a storm on a tiny brew kit in his hinterland shed. Those initial batches were hazy, cloudy and aromatic, driven by the then relatively unheard-of Galaxy hops.

The first trials shaped the future of not just our beers, but the Stone & Wood story as well. We were committed to brewing beer for the drinking occasions in our local area, and we knew that sessionable beers were an important part of that. So, from those early brews in Brad’s shed, we headed towards a beer sitting somewhere between four and five percent ABV, so that our drinkers could enjoy a few schooners of it.

These days session beers tend to be a lower ABV succession version of a stronger beer, but we skipped the stronger beer step and went straight ahead with brewing and launching our Draught Ale in 2008 that was then renamed Pacific Ale after we put it into a bottle in 2010.

Now looking back, we wondered if we had taken a different course 10 years ago and released a stronger higher ABV version of the beer what would it have been like.

So Pacific Ale never had a father…Until now.

Introducing The Prequel....

Find The Prequel on tap at a venue below


Northern Rivers & Gold Coast

Going on tap

Tasting Room The Rails Bangalow Hotel
Welders Dog Great Northern Hotel Hotel Brunswick
Salt Bar Sun Bistro Bine
House of Brews Last night on earth Cambus Wallace
Eddies Grub House Backbone Bar

Sydney & Surrounds

Going on tap

Blind Bear Stowaway Dove & Olive
The Oaks The Union Local Taphouse
Beach Club Collaroy Howlin Wolf


Going on tap

Durham Castle Arms Old Canberra Inn

Newcastle & Surrounds

Going on tap

Firestation Hotel Happy Wombat  Grain Store
Warners at the Bay

Brisbane & Sunshine Coast 

Going on tap

Tapworks Archive Beer Boutique Tipplers Tap
Pig N Whistle Fortitude Valley The Bench Brewski
Barcadia Helsby Scratch
Superwhatnot Peregian Beach Hotel  Taps Mooloolaba
Superwhatnot Peregian Beach Hotel  Taps Mooloolaba
Fitzy’s Toowoomba

Victoria & Surrounds

Going on tap

Great Northern Freddie Wimpoles Captain Melville
Terminus Clifton Hill The Catfish Beer Deluxe Federation Square
Park Hotel Whitehart