News | Byron Bay Brewery
Byron Bay Brewery re-opens and it’s not just about the beer…
Summer Edition 2016 / 17
After a change of ownership and a complete overhaul of the interior the Brewery has undergone quite the transformation – and part of that is a new focus on food.
We were invited recently to join Byron Bay Brewery’s Head Chef for lunch to sample the overhauled menu and to taste it’s namesake beer offerings with Head Brewer Alistair Gillespie.
The completely re-vamped menu is populated with seafood centric, modern Australian dishes which nicely reflect the kind of casual eating style befitting the surprisingly modern space. Chef Michael Desmond has a great love for the region’s produce (he’s a regular at the local farmer’s markets) and it shows, in the way he uses these to great effect in the kitchen and, with a natural enthusiasm for the provenance of the ingredients he sources.
The cavernous space that makes up the dining room and brewery bar is light-filled with a pared back aesthetic and booths designed for eating and drinking with company. Not a red velvet couch in sight – in fact there is little to remind the visitor of it’s previous incarnation as a backpacker’s party destination.
Meeting with Head Brewer Alistair Gillespie it is immediately obvious that he is passionate about the beer he makes and is obviously well versed in the nuances which inform each of the Brewery’s core range. While the emphasis is obviously on the beer here, the revamped food offering and the smart decor reflect a move toward a more sophisticated crowd.
The Brewery will still offer music with a nod to it’s former life as a popular live music venue – check their website for details of up and coming events.