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Byron Bay Brewery
a piggery that became a brewery

Byron Bay Brewery dates back to 1898, when it was first built as the Norco Piggery. Since then its had its fair share of twists and turns including stints as a sand depot, an art gallery and a music venue.

The Ramones, the Violent Femmes, Crowded House and Paul Kelly are just a few of the names who have performed at the venue. Now the building is home to Byron Bay Brewery, where a range of ales and lagers are created under the watchful eye of head brewer Al Gillespie. Al oversees production of a range of standing beers as well as some quirky collaborations – one recent brew was the Chilli Lager, produced with Byron Bay Chilli Company, featuring habanero chillies.

While you’ll need to go to the Brewery to taste the full range, Hazy One, a pale lager is a great all-round drink. For the beer connoisseurs, Hazy One sits at 19IBU and 9EBC. It is 4.4% and with light fruit and floral aromas and a little bitterness balanced by biscuit-like malty notes.

Best served cold, the Hazy One goes perfectly with chips and dip, tacos or hearty BBQ!

For those interested in learning about the brewing process, a visit and brewery tour can be included as part of one of our personalised food tours.

Quirks and curiosities

  • Byron Bay is famous for its music festivals, in particular BluesFest. Soon to celebrate its 30th anniversary, guess where the very first event was held? Yep, Byron Bay Brewery, then a music venue.
  • Also located in the former piggery is Pighouse Flicks as well as Buddha Gardens Day Spa. There really is something for everyone!

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Where to buy or taste

  • Available at bottle shops throughout the region
  • Full range available at the Brewery
  • Restaurants and bars throughout the region