The Winston Worries

The Winston Worries

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Beer isn’t some high school crush around these parts; it’s more like our soulmate. There’s no chance it’ll become “the one that got away.” To put it succinctly: beer is Thorny Devil’s true love. But it’s not just the liquid gold we’re fanatics about; we love everything that beer has the potential to represent.

So when a Facebook post by Temple head brewer Glenn Harrison raising concerns about an equipment supplier earlier in the year united numerous brewing companies who were facing similar issues – not receiving equipment they’d paid for being the most common complaint – among the worst hit was The Winston. The North Hobart pub was planning to set up a small brewery so its co-owner Kris Miles could brew some of his own recipes to pour alongside the Australian and international beers flowing through his 12 taps.


Having A Hard Time

At the time, he told us he and wife Caroline had paid a $40,000 deposit yet had received no equipment and were struggling to make contact with the owner.

He said that it’s jeopardising their plans. They’ve been saving towards this. It was the final step for them at the moment. It’s just really crazy.

Originally, they’d hoped to have their brewhouse in Tasmania in January. Today, it is finally in place at a former day care for dogs, with sparkies helping complete the final steps towards his first brew. This comes after another of the brewing companies affected by the collapse of Core Brewing Concepts located a shipping container with much of his equipment – although not a brewhouse – inside.


What a Life Saver!

The Winston

A new brewhouse had to be ordered from a new supplier, which was built and delivered within eight weeks of the plans being agreed. It’s a small setup that will fill a number of 300 and 600 litre fermenters lining a wall still bearing stencils of dogs from the building’s previous occupants. Among them is a mastiff, the same breed Kris and Caroline have at home and that makes up The Winston’s logo.

He said the support he and others received from the wider industry once word was out about how many people had lost money and were missing equipment “shows that people are willing to go out of their way to support each other”. The seven kegs of the collaborative beer brewed by the affected parties at Temple, the Exile IPA, disappeared in little time at his pub too.


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