If every person who dreamed of opening their own brewery actually did it, we’d all be awash with beer! Thankfully Ananda Brown and Chrissy Koole made good on the dream, so we all get to live vicariously!
Ananda and Chrissy are the proprietors of Wandana Brewing Co, a small-batch craft brewery in Mullumbimby. They’ve joined the ranks of Northern Rivers producers who found their calling via another professional entirely! But having both worked in advertising in Sydney, the relocation to Mullum is a return for Ananda, who grew up in the region. After opening early in 2020, the Brewery has already amassed a line-up of six unique beers under the watch of head brewer Andrew Meli, who came to them from renowned Sydney brewery Batch Brewing. Wandana has a stunning setting, with views out over the mountains behind Mullum and Ananda and Chrissy have decked the place out in style. The forecourt has been kitted out with brilliant outdoor tables and chairs which means there’s many an afternoon or evening to be spent chilling over a beer, listening to some music and enjoying something to eat from a rotating line-up of food trucks.
The beers themselves are everything you’d want them to be, with everything from a mid-strength wheat beer to a roasty-toasty porter. And there will be plenty more where that came from, with the team planning to explore local ingredients as they experiment with brews over the months and years ahead. They already ferment all their beers to music, expanding on research that shows music can impact on yeast, so you get the sense that there will be some incredible brews ahead!
We’re proud to stock their beers, and will always have a rolling stock of whatever they’re brewing ready for you to enjoy!