Meet the Maker
Meet the Maker: Two Birds Brewing
Since the release of its first beer in 2011, Two Birds Brewing has gone from strength to strength, winning awards at every turn, attending every beer event possible and producing some of Australia’s most approachable and balanced craft beers.
What started as an idea between long-time friends Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen while holidaying in the USA came to fruition in 2011. Two Birds bust onto the craft scene with the release of its first beer, a very seasonable golden ale. This was followed quickly with the award winning Sunset Ale in early 2012.
Despite brewing in different spaces across Melbourne for three years, it wasn’t until 2014 that Two Birds found a permanent home in ‘The Nest’ – a brewery in Spotswood. This has allowed Head Brewer and Co-owner, Jayne, to spread her brewing wings and produce some of Australia’s most popular craft beers.
Jayne began her career working as a winemaker in Western Australia and the Napa Valley in the USA. Transitioning into craft beer, Jayne started working for Little Creatures in Fremantle while still putting her winemaking skills to good use, helping develop Pipsqueak Cider. From here Jayne made the move to Melbourne working at both Matilda Bay and Mountain Goat before the inspiration and desire to run her own brewery took hold and Two Birds was born.
One of the hardest working brewers in the industry, Jayne can be seen at almost every beer festival, bar tap takeover and craft beer week throughout Australia and New Zealand, tirelessly promoting Two Birds and its well crafted beer.
With Two Birds being the first all-female owned brewery in Australia, Jayne has been at the forefront of providing women in the craft beer industry support and guidance. Her position as President of the Australian arm of the Pink Boots Society allows her to do just this.
Jayne’s approach to brewing is to produce approachable beer that is balanced and sessionable. Taking inspiration from food and food pairings, Jayne has produced beers that have gained a huge following amongst both the craft beer newcomers and craft fans.
The incredibly popular beer ‘Taco’, took inspiration from Mexican cuisine, using flaked corn, fresh coriander and lime peel, accentuated by the use of intensely fragrant and citrus heavy US hops Citra and Amarillo. Despite being rather labour intensive, ‘Taco’ proved to be so popular that it is now a mainstay on the year round selection.
‘Taco’ was also accompanied by other one-off food inspired beers this year such as ‘Rice, Rice, Baby’ – a Vietnamese inspired rice beer with additions of ginger, lemongrass, Vietnamese mint and Thai basil. And ‘Red Velvet’ was brewed for Two Birds fourth birthday, the classic cake inspired red ale, organic cocoa and vanilla.
Jayne is no stranger to winning awards with judges in Australia, New Zealand and most recently the UK. Recently Two Birds took home the Best Large Brewery award for the second year running and a medal for every beer it entered at the Australian Craft Beer awards. Most notably though was its latest success on the world stage, taking out the Best Beer award at the 2015 Wetherspoon’s Real Ale Festival in the UK with its Sunset ale.
The future of Two Birds is looking bright with the addition of two new double-sized fermenters and a new shiny bright tank. With its popularity and reach ever increasing, Jayne hopes to expand even further in the near future with a new brewer starting soon to help with the increasing demand.
If you want to check out Two Birds and see Jayne and the crew in action, The Nest is open Friday to Sunday and located a short walk from the Spotswood train station. With six taps of brewery-fresh beer accompanied by Rockwell And Sons’ food menu, there is no better way to spend a sunny afternoon.
Two Birds Brewing
136 Hall Street, Spotswood
03 9762 0000
Friday – 4pm – 11pm
Saturday –12noon – 11pm
Sunday – 12noon – 8pm
Cinematographer: Alice Stephens