The Rocks to Open

The Rocks to Open

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They say that doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results is a mark of insanity. Pete wasn’t exactly going insane, but he was becoming a bit disenchanted with his existing situation —one who couldn’t quench his obsession with finding new craft beers. Instead of setting off on a hero’s quest to capture a golden brew, he took matters into his own hands, synthesising his skills in chemistry and brewing to produce some unique beers and ciders to ignite the taste buds of discerning drinkers.

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The Rocks to Open

The Rocks

The first time we caught up with the guys behind Rocks Brewing at their spiritual home, Harts Pub, they talked excitedly about plans for their own brewery. While they hoped to open one in The Rocks, they accepted that was unlikely given the nature of the area, but were confident they’d secure a site fairly soon and bring the brewing of Rocks beers under their own roof.

That was three years ago. And still no Rocks brewery.

Thankfully, last time we sat down with Mark Fethers – in a rare quiet moment during the Australian Hotel Beer Festival / Sydney Craft Beer Week mayhem of last weekend – things had taken a significant step forward. Such a significant step forward, in fact, that if the brewery, bar and kitchen under construction in Alexandria isn’t open and brewing by mid-December Mark will have to embark on a rather embarrassing “punishment”, as he’ll have lost a bet with 4 Pines owner Jaron Mitchell.

 

The Big Warehouse

They’ve taken a 30-year lease on a big warehouse that’s now being done up. They were looking at The Rocks but it’s the worst place to put in a brewery. They’ve been around the world looking at breweries and seeing why people fail. Often the problems are that people can’t keep up and don’t have enough room. Their place gives them plenty of room to expand.

Their newly arrived brewhouse should allow them to increase production with ease too, as Mark claims the 2,000 litre HEBS brewing system from IDD in California can push through a dozen or more brews a day. Ever the big thinker, he says they could hit around 7.5 million litres a year at maxed out capacity. Just as well there’s a $500,000 bottling line going in too.

 

 

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