Hi – I’m Hendo.
I am one part professional brewer, one part beer geek, one part prolific beer creator , one part beer judge all mixed with a generous dash of irreverent personality.
An avid home brewer for many years, I decided to take the leap and get in to professional brewing by studying at Edith Cowan University in Perth, WA and then later at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University). I hold a Graduate Certificate in Brewing.
My brewing career started as assistant brewer at Prickly Moses in 2009 then quickly progressed to becoming Head Brewer at Southern Bay Brewing Co in 2012.
In 2013, I started my own brewing company called BrewCult. Operating as a gypsy brewer, BrewCult won the People’s Choice Beer at GABS Festival 2015 with “Milk and Two Sugars” Imperial Coffee Milk Stout and backing it up by winning the Champion Gypsy Brewer trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards in 2016.
In 2017, BrewCult ceased operations in what The Craft Pint dubbed, “the most high profile casualty of 2017.”
Operating a craft brewery is fun – but tough. Learning from past failures has only made me more determined to learn and grow professionally, to share my story and prevent others from making the same mistakes.
Having worked in craft breweries of all sizes from nano-breweries to multi-million litre operations such as Stone & Wood Brewing Co in Byron Bay, NSW where I was a shift brewer, I have channelled all of this experience and now run Rockstar Brewer helping brewers create sustainable craft brewing businesses through high quality beer production.
I’m a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and part-time TAFE Teacher at TAFE Queensland.
Whatever your craft brewery needs, I’m here to help – feel free to contact me via the form below or click here for other ways to get in touch.