Block ’n Tackle Brewery
1/11-13 Cochrone St, Kincumber, NSW
02 4368 3333
From a small home garage in Avoca Beach, a group of friends have turned their home-brewing hobby into a functional microbrewery, churning out some of the best craft beers in Australia.
The brew crew started on their journey when Michael ‘Pep’ Pepper completed a Graduate Certificate of Brewing 15 years ago. Alan ‘Al’ Jones joined in the fun 10 years ago when he started all-grain brewing at home. The duo began swapping tips and techniques, and before long they had joined forces to brew a diverse range of home-grown lagers, ales and stouts.
The backyard garage became the nerve centre for the serious home-brewers. With little financial resources, Pep and Al had to rely on some cost-effective unconventional methods to literally get their project off the ground, including rigging a block and tackle system in the garage to help move hundreds of litres of brewing water.
In 2015 the daring duo, with the help of their friends Brett Brown and Greg Tobin, took the leap into commercial brewing and unleashed their creations to the world. The boys continue to work their day jobs and are assisted by a devoted support network made up of friends, family and staff.
Block ‘n Tackle is one of the country’s smallest commercial breweries, maintaining a supply of its core range of four beers and at least three or four seasonal brews at any one time. The brew styles are rotated on a regular basis and its batch sizes are small, which allows the beers to maintain optimum freshness and drinkability. It also means the team can also experiment with different flavours, ingredients and brewing methods
With the brewery’s close proximity to Brisbane Water, many of their beer names are tied into the region’s rich shipbuilding history. Their pale ale is named after the steamship Rock Lily – the last ship made in George Frosts’ Kincumber Creek shipyards, located just opposite the brewery. It’s made using all Australian grains and hops and features a backbone of pale and Munich malts with oats to strengthen the mouth feel. Topaz and Vic Secret are the two hops that bring this beer together in perfect balance.
Their range of American and English IPAs are named after Jon and Henry Piper, two of the founders of the local shipbuilding industry. The Jon Piper American IPA range showcases a variety of hops, including Ella, which delivers a rich explosion of tropical flavours and aromas.
Drop into the brewery and Cellar Door to sample each of their brews. Tempt your tastebuds with a range of beers in the tasting paddle, or take a Meet the Brewers tour and go behind the scenes for an insight into how the Block ‘n Tackle magic is made.
When your stomach starts to rumble, enjoy the Block ‘n Tackle signature mezze plates, which feature the very best from local suppliers. You’ll enjoy a selection from Little Creek Cheese and Middle Eastern treats from Jacques Kitchen at MacMasters Beach.
If you’re passionate about beer then this is the place for you. Chat to the boys about the hops that make them tick and sample their seasonal brews before they disappear.