Hi, we are Black Hops Brewing, 3 guys (Dan, Eddie & Govs) starting a brewery and sharing everything we learn along the way. We are aiming to be the first Australian brewery to successfully launch via crowd funding.
Our journey began in September 2014 via a conversation at the pub and we’ve been sharing everything since then via our blog, podcast and social media. We are a few months away from opening our own brewery in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, and we are looking for your help to get us over the line.
There were 2 things we loved about the craft beer scene in Australia. Number 1, Australians make great beer! Number 2, the craft beer community is an amazing group of people.
We started Black Hops because we believe we can contribute to the great beer and we are passionate about sharing everything along the way to help the community, from casual drinkers, to home brewers and other craft brewers and bars.
Here’s our story so far.
In September 2014, we sat at the bar and talked about our dream of starting a brewery. Eddie told us about his idea for an Eggnog Stout, a dry irish stout with Eggnog flavours like nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. A week later, Govs had transformed his girlfriend Claire’s home yoga studio (she was stoked) into a brewery and we brewed the first batch of Eggnog Stout. After the brew day, Dan got carried away with Photoshop and came up with some labels and our first beer was born.
Here’s a pic from the day we got together at Eddie’s place to try the beer for the first time.
We handed out a few bottles to others in the industry and got a great response. So we decided to go for it. We brewed a full 800L batch of Eggnog Stout at another local brewery (contract brewing), and sold it in kegs around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
We launched our brand at Hooha Bar in South Brisbane in November of 2014 and tapped our first keg off Eggnog stout which sold out in 2 hours.
Our ambitions didn’t stop there, we quickly moved onto the idea of opening our own brewery on the Gold Coast while continuing contract brewing and working on our core range of beers for launch. We thought the Gold Coast was a perfect destination for a brewery + tasting room in a spot where the locals hang out.
2015 was a big year for us. We got most of the money together to build our own brewery and started turning our dream into reality.
We choose a supplier for our equipment, and visited China for an inspection in October. We found a location in Burleigh Heads and spent November and December getting it ready for our tanks. Our first container was delivered on Christmas eve!
We spent Christmas and New Years getting the tanks in place.
It was a tight squeeze but we got it all in, a 2,000L system with 2,000L, 1,000L and 4,000L fermenters.
We were also able to continue building our brand in 2015 and brew some great beers. One highlight was teaming up with Activision to brew the world’s first Call of Duty beer, a Midnight Pale Ale, which was voted one of the top 10 beers by Queensland brewers by Crafty Pint. Attending and getting our first beer into GABS was another highlight and we were stoked to come 13th out of 120 of the best brewers in the country.
We are kicking off 2016 with this Pozible campaign to raise the remaining funds to get us open and launch bottles at the same time. It’s going to be a big year, we are looking forward you having you on board and part of our story.