TWØBAYS Brewing Co has stacked up a pile of milestones since opening just two years ago.
And now the Dromana-based team can proudly place its first gold medal behind the bar.
Located in the Dromana Industrial Estate Habitat, TWØBAYS Pale Ale won gold at the Independent Brewers Association Beer Awards in November.
To receive a gold medal, at the ‘Indies’, beer has to be of an exceptional standard – it’s not a first-second-third-place scenario – many categories don’t award any gold medals.
Back in October 2018, TWØBAYS asked the public to sample two Pale Ales and vote for their favourite. There was a clear winner, so they launched with that beer and now it’s front and centre of their core range.
“Mornington Peninsula’s breweries are competing with other craft beer hotspots across the country, and we’re all faring really well with another big medal haul,” says CEO and Founder Richard Jeffares.
“We’re just pumped to be a part of that now.”
TWØBAYS has poured more than 30 different beer styles through its Dromana taproom in the last two years, from a 3.5% Passionfruit Sour to an 8.0% Double IPA, and lots in between.
“We’re really looking forward to getting that buzz back in the Dromana Habitat this summer,” says Jeffares.
“We’ve all been hurting through a challenging year, and the fantastic businesses in this hotbed in the Dromana Industrial Estate are raring to go this summer. Within 500-metres, you can walk from our Taproom to Jetty Road Brewery, Jimmy Rum, Bass & Flinders Gin Distillery and Mr Little Cider! These craft liquor manufacturers all have great tasting rooms on-site too. It’s a brilliant community – and such a great atmosphere on weekends with something for everyone.”
TWØBAYS is also famous across the country as it is Australia’s only dedicated gluten free brewery with a taproom.
“Prior to being diagnosed with Coeliac Disease, I fell in love with everything about craft beer,” says Jeffares who can no longer drink beer brewed with barley, wheat or rye.
“Craft beer is a full sensory experience – and it’s so much fun to explore and share in the journey with people close to you. It’s about the feeling; both mouthfeel of the beer, and the feeling of the moment you compare notes over an incredible new taste. It’s about the sight – the look of the beer in a glass and the sight of giant stainless-steel tanks! It’s about the smell – the smell of the brewery and the hoppy aromas in the beer – and the sounds; a can opening, or tap pouring with a great buzz all around you.”
“I couldn’t do that anymore so my brewery had to have a Taproom. Now we can share this sensory journey with people who otherwise may not have had the chance to experience what craft beer is really all about. That’s why we brewed a Hoppy Brown Ale which is now ranked Australia’s best gluten free beer on untappd.com. It’s why we released a Red Ale and a lime and coriander Gose, with plenty more to come.”
With every tasting paddle (4 x 150ml samples) you get a beer menu complete with notes on the aroma, flavour and colour, and the beers can be matched with great gluten free pizza just metres away from the towering stainless steel.
“What has really surprised us, is how many ‘non-gluten free’ customers come in just to explore beers made from alternative malts, like millet and buckwheat,” added Jeffares.
With delivery and stockists nationwide, TWØBAYS is growing fast, but the Taproom will always be the heartbeat of the business. It’s where Richard and the team get to share a beer with their customers.
While booking is not compulsory, it’s advised for those who want to secure a table inside.
TWØBAYS, Unit 1, 2 Trewhitt Court, Dromana 3936.
P: 0359 100 880
Opening Hours: Friday 4-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-6pm
Plus 12-9pm on Sunday 24 and 12-5pm on Monday 25 January
Peninsula Essence, Stay & Play Feature – January 2021