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Meet the Makers

While the Swan Valley is characterised by many third and fourth generation family owned wineries, there are also a growing number of talented brewers in the region, each with their own interesting stories.

Want to know more? Uncover the fantastic talent and passion that drive our Swan Valley brewers to greatness.

 

Steve Wearing, Homestead Brewery

Steve Wearing, Homestead Brewery

Head brewer Steve Wearing has risen to the challenge of establishing the new state of the art Homestead Brewery at Mandoon Estate.

Ragan Wood, Oakover Grounds

Ragan Wood, Oakover Grounds

Ragan Wood grew up in New Zealand which is where his love of wine-making began after completing his training at Eastern Institute of Technology.

Lloyd Jenkins, Fig Tree Estate

Lloyd Jenkins, Fig Tree Estate

Lloyd Jenkins has been producing wine in the Swan Valley for more than seven years and has recently extended his talents to venture into cider making.

Brendan Varis, Feral Brewing Company

Brendan Varis, Feral Brewing Company

After completing a Diploma of Brewing with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Brendan entered the craft brewing industry in 1998 as a project manager and project brewer for DME Brewing Services.

Charlie Hodgson, Mash Brewing

Charlie Hodgson, Mash Brewing

With a general certificate in Brewing and Packaging (GCBP) from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) and five years of experience at Gage Road Brewing Company, Charlie is the passionate head brewer at Mash Brewing.

Paul Gasmier, Duckstein Brewery

Paul Gasmier, Duckstein Brewery

Head Brewer Paul Gasmier has been at the Duckstien Brewery off and on since 2008 brewing its core beers.

Steffen Hoeer and Tarik Sammler, Elmar's in the Valley

Steffen Hoeer and Tarik Sammler, Elmar's in the Valley

General Manager Steffen Hoeer and Brewer Tarik Sammler are passionate self taught gents who have mastered the art of a sublime craft brew.

Graeme White, Ironbark Brewery

Graeme White, Ironbark Brewery

Director and head brewer Graeme White moved to the Valley 42 years ago with his family after farming at Brookton, Dandaragan, Newdegate.

Martin Michael, Funk Cider

Martin Michael, Funk Cider

Martin Michael is the youngest head brewer in the Swan Valley and together with his brother Dustin, they make up the duo behind Funk Cider and Michael Brothers Traditionally Pressed Juice.