Bells Beach Brewing is built on belief and capability. Founders Jono and Adam were inspired by the landscape of Bells Beach and the Surfcoast but uninspired by the beer they found in the location back in the day. In their day jobs, the boys engineered some of the worlds finest cars, in locations such as the UK, US and Bavaria that had also provided a wealth of beer drinking experience. Bells Beach Brewing was founded on the belief that they could combine the engineering approach from billion dollar car development programs with their well honed taste buds to produce quality beer that could rival any in the world.
After 3 years of up-skilling and experimentation they brought their first beer to the market, Southside Saison, to market in 2015 which subsequently won a Silver at the craft beer award – not a bad first effort. Buoyed by great feedback and growing sales Jono and Adam continued to grow the core range, gypsy brewing around the Geelong and Surfcoast, until in 2017 they decided it was time to put down roots of their own in the home of surfing. After approaching renowned sports photographer Jeff to buy some surfing photos, they ended up gaining the third member of the Bells Beach crew who joined them on the journey of finding a location to build a brewery and tap room in Torquay.
After a long search the perfect location was found in Baines Crescent, in the heart of the surf industry hub and then the hard work really started. Long days and late nights then ensued for the next six months until the brewery and tap room were officially opened in December 2018.