What do you listen to when brewing
Heavy metal or blues
Favourite meal to pair with a beer
Bacon, doesn't matter in what form or what it's with
What’s special about the Hills
I've lived in or around the Hills since 1992, so most of my friends who are still here are now pretty much family
Head Brewer, Australian Brewery
Chief brewer, Dan Shaw has an extensive background with all arrows pointing to a future in taste-mastery. Back in 2005, he worked as Manager and Licensee of Hillside Hotel. Falling in love with the science of beer making, Dan went back to uni to study brewing and finally asked if he could join the team at the Australian Brewery. The rest is history served in a schooner.
1. What makes the Australian Brewery special?
We are a small brewery with a big vision of exporting across the world. It’s a bold move, but with export to 10 countries already happening as well as national distribution in Australia, it’s a goal that’s heading to fulfilment.
2. What does brewing craft beer mean to you?
I enjoy making a specialised product for a domestic and international audience. It’s very satisfying creating a beer and seeing happy customer reviews or seeing a large shipment heading out in a container knowing that it is being enjoyed around the world.
3. What makes Australian Brewery craft beer so unique?
Our uniqueness comes from being the first Craft brewery in Australia to package in cans, and being at the front of exporting Australian craft beer around the world.
4. What flavours / tasting notes / other beers / ingredients inspire you?
I’m Inspired by the market leaders, the likes of Feral Brewing, Mt Goat, Stone & Wood, all of who achieved a lot for the industry and build their companies in the short but fast rise of Australian craft beer market.
6. Which country makes the best beer and why?
That can’t really be answered in a simple way as many of the countries around the world create wonderful beers that the quality can’t be replicated. i.e. Lambic beers of Belgium, Wheat and Smoked beers of Germany, IPA’s of the USA all are wonderful styles of beers and all go down great in different situations.