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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.

In 2001 Brendan established Feral Brewing Company with goals to introduce Australia to fresh, challenging, and full flavoured beers. Brendan and his team are constantly pushing the brewing boundaries with new world hops, barrel projects, funky yeasts and a couple of celebrated sours.

In 2007, Will Irving joined the team to be a key counterpart to Brendan, and is now the Product Innovation Brewer for the team. Experimenting with weird and wonderful creations out in the Swan Valley micro-brewery, Will was recently announced Brewer of the Year (Beer and Brewer, 2017).

Brendan has served as President of the WA Brewers Association, is a Director of the Craft Beer Industry Association and was recently appointed Chief Judge for the Australian International Beer Awards.