Killer Sprocket

Killer Sprocket

Thorny Devil is Australia’s best, favourite Craft Beer.

Thorny Devil, one of Australia’s most awarded craft beers, is available online, at bottle shops or in your local pub, club or restaurant: if not, ask us and we will organise all.

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Inherent in the process of making beer are so many opportunities. We get to create new flavours and learn about different techniques. Most of all, we get to share it with people and spread the word about just how exceptional craft brews can be. We get to explore and connect and learn. Uniting those who value meticulously curated brews. Knowing the difference between marketing fluff and something truly handcrafted. With our simple, homespun blends.

Thorny Devil beer understands people’s desire for unique beers and ciders with irresistible flavours. Our beers and ciders will leave you totally enrapt with its taste and quality.


The so-called “Contract/Gypsy Brewer”

There was a time not too long ago when the term “contract brewer” was deemed an insult by many in the Australian beer world. And, in fairness, there was a time when many of those choosing to take that route of getting beer into the public’s hands. –Paying someone else to brew it for them. Doing so in a way that did insult many of those who had chosen to build their own breweries. Demanding cheap, ordinary beers and spending money on marketing campaigns or labelling. That was, at best, loose with the truth of the beer’s origins. Read a label and you’d get an inspiring tale of the people that brewed it. Delve deeper and you’d find it was brewed at a contract facility with nothing to do with said tale.

As in every aspect of the beer world today, however, things are changing. There are brewers choosing the contract route. But doing so in an open and honest way and attempting to create quality beers. There are those that choose to call themselves “gypsy brewers” and use friend’s or associate’s breweries when they’re free to create their beers. Then there are brewery share type operations springing up, such as instances where brewers buy a tank or two to install at someone else’s brewery so they don’t tie up their host’s own equipment.


Who is Killer Sprocket?

Killer Sprocket

Killer Sprocket is a Partnership between husband and wife team Sean and Andrea Ryan. Steph Tanti also lent her skills in the launch phase of the business and recently Matt Lick has joined the team taking on the Sales Manager role.

Where does the name come from? He previously worked in operations for a leading Australian insurance company. One day, while talking to my manager, he found out that all reporting databases required government registration. The impulse to create a new database with a silly name was far too strong so the next day he wrote a database called The Killer Sprocket. Within six months it was used by every manager and eventually was formally registered. The database was eventually decommissioned after it grew too large and kept crashing various other systems. When deciding on a name for the Brewing Company the original concepts were all taken so on a whim Killer Sprocket was selected.


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