A Walk Down Memory Lane…
Gee time flies. This June marks 10 YEARS since the Two Birds dream first hatched, 10 YEARS since our first ever beer flew out to the world. A lot has happened since then.
So we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane and look back at the moments, beers, and turning points we’re proud of from the past decade. Flick through and let us know your favourite Two Birds beer for a chance to win our birthday beer New Heights and limited edition tee RIGHT HERE.
Know what’s never changed though? Our purpose as a flock. We’re just folks who love brewing great beer to share with our community…
Our two founders decide to team up, leaving their day jobs to start a brewery. Australia’s first female-owned brewery. We launch Golden Ale in October of that year in three cities – Melbourne at Beer Deluxe FedSquare, Sydney’s Harts Pub and Perth’s Sail and Anchor Pub Brewery in bottles and draught. Then we start spreading the word, one door knock at a time.
We launch beer number TWO in May 2012. Sunset Ale, an American Red Ale, the beer that Brewer Jayne has been thinking about for a number of years. Its secret is 9 different malts. It still has the same malt bill to this day. Golden Ale debuts on the Hottest 100 charts at 60 in Jan 2012, a short three months after its launch.
Friends and family helped us pour beers on the endless event circuit and we even did our first collaboration with Young Henry’s, a Japanese-inspired beer with kombu!
Our Sunset Ale debuts at 16 on the GABS Hottest 100 and Golden Ale climbs to 20! We hit Brews Vegas, Sydney Beer Week, Perth Food and Wine Show, Newcastle Craft Beer Week, Freo Beer Fest, Melbourne’s Good Beer Week and countless more events to share our beers and talk about women in beer. We brew our first GABS Festival beer and the Taco journey begins! Taco has been released in four different pack formats, and had more than four labels/tap designs over the years. Stay tuned for something big happening with it this year…
We find our home, The Nest, in Spotswood and the journey to building our own brewery begins. We open on time and to schedule in May 2014, just in time to host our first ever Good Beer Week event – The Brewers Blend with mates from The Scratch Bar, Akasha Brewing, Parrot Dog Beer, Feral Brewing Co, Cavalier Brewing, Moo Brew and Wheaty Brew Corps. All Two Birds kegs are now brewed in Spotswood and we win Champion Large Brewery (shared with 4 Pines) at the inaugural Indie Beer Awards, as well as Champion Speciality Beer for Taco. We also zip over to the UK to brew an enormous batch of Golden Ale for the Wetherspoons Real Ale festival.
We launch a third core beer – Bantam, a Session IPA and Taco in 500ml and shortly after, 330ml bottles! The fun really starts as we release many fun, quirky limited releases like Rice Rice Baby, Pina Colada IPA, Hop Harvest, Rhubarb Saison and we see the beginnings of the experimental beer boundaries beginning to be pushed. Jayne’s on TV with Rachel Khoo and we get busted out the front of Frankies Pizza By The Slice for parking in the loading zone. Who didn’t right?!
We head to the UK for the second time for the Wetherspoons Real Ale Festival, and up against 50 beers brewed for the festival, our beloved Sunset Ale takes out the comp. We back it up and win Champion Large Brewery at the Indie Beer Awards for the second year in a row!
Danielle’s beer belly has mysteriously grown and a baby bird is born in early Feb, and meets Jayne for the first time at the pub, at a beer event. Of course.
Over at the AIBA awards, we win the Best Amber/Dark trophy for Sunset Ale and Champion Medium Brewery. We made a beer for GABS called Jam Donut and release our first ever GABS beer, Taco, in tinnies later in the year (it’s third pack format change).
We install our own bottling line at Spotswood and all production is brought in-house. The full dream is realised! The first beer to run down the line is Oaty McOatface, aka Pale Ale, which soon becomes our biggest volume beer. We’ve waited 6 years to do a take on Laverne and Shirley’s “Doing It our Way” and we have a little fun trying our hands at acting. We decide to stick to beer. Pale wins Gold at the Indies and the AIBA awards and we launch a range of limited releases in 500ml bottles. Our first permanent tinnie drops in time for Summer, a Passionfruit Summer Ale and Australia votes YES!
Our beers also head on the high seas…Shanghai gets a taste of Two Birds.
In January 2018 we launch a collaboration beer with the Western Bulldogs and our beers are available at Whitten Oval during AFLW games. Groundbreaking and an exciting time for Two Birds and our local community. (We also watch the doggies win all the way from Shanghai!) Our David Bowie tribute beer, Stardust, goes viral. We wear black to the AIBA awards, in support of victims of the #metoo movement in the US and we work hard at continuing to blaze a trail for women in beer, with different beers and supporting causes close to the values of our founders’ and flock’s heart. By the end of the year, we also decide to put Pale Ale into a can format too.
We launch our first edition of Warrior Woman, a beer we brew for International Women’s Day, a tradition we’ve continued since. We win the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Emerging Women in Victoria. We get dirty with Tough Mudders around the East Coast and we make a pretty big decision to run our OG beer, Golden Ale, down the line for the last time. We enter into the new category of cider with Jayne drawing on some skills from a former life… We make it reign purple for our 8th birthday and save blackcurrants from landfill, thanks to Yume, a local business to us who do great things. Our second season with the Western Bulldogs AFLW is a hoot. We also kick off our famous Good Beer Week event – The Great Dodgeball Slam – with our mates from Bentspoke…some fierce competition is had.
The year we all remember as long. Heartbreaking. Challenging and one that taught us more resilience than we knew we had. We pivoted. Time and time again. We opened the drive-thru, we closed the drive-thru. We tipped kegs down the drain and we re-did the forecast, over and over again. We banded together and did new tasks. We did what we had to do to keep busy and always looking forward, as being Australia’s first female brewery means we don’t give up. It’s just not in our DNA. In beer news, we started to put limited releases in 375ml cans and we had time to get really creative. We made lemon pie beers, and some “got” the acronym – PIEPA, others called it Pee=pah beer! We did a Finnish-inspired beer that made it to the news in Finland and quickly saw us sending beer across the world via Fedex, selling out in 24 hours. Our Hard Seltzer Chirpy started pouring on tap in the states that were open and was also released in cans. Our local council, Hobsons Bay built us a 30 metre long deck and we started streetside beers. Wooh!
In early January of 2021, we join a new family, and we’re excited to keep building on the Two Birds legacy, alongside some long admired brands Stone & Wood, Fixation, Sunly Seltzer, Forest for the Trees and Granite Belt Cider. The new chapter for Two Birds begins and our determination to share our story, and encourage and embrace diversity, becomes even more of a priority. We launch our 10th birthday beer, the first in our new 500ml “Flights of Fancy” Limited Release range.
New Heights celebrates our 10th Birthday in style (all thanks to design goddess, Kitiya Palaskas), bringing together 10 different forms of hops to mark 10 years of beers. From hop flowers, to extracts and oils, we added a different hop form at every turn, for an enchantingly citrusy, vibrantly bitter, 8% ABV IPA. Find it here.