After travelling back and forth to the United States for more than 10 years, Deale and Elisa Stanley-Hunt fell in love with the American craft-beer scene. So much so the husband and wife started to dream up a brewery concept of their own.
This year the Stanley-Hunts finally made the dream a reality when they opened Slipstream Brewing Company in Yeerongpilly. Wholesale kicked off in June and a cellar door opened to the public in August.
“I had a feeling for the area and the way it’s changing,” Deale says. “Older generations moving out and younger families moving [in] out of the city. We thought that sort of mix of people would be attracted to a brewery in their neighbourhood.”
They’re not messing around when it comes to the brewing process, either; they’ve hired Ian Watson, formerly of Fortitude Brewing Company and Green Beacon, to deliver a hops-forward range of beers.
Slipstream supplies 375-millitre cans and draught options to independent bottle shops and bars throughout the region. Its core range includes a rye pale ale, a pilsner (the Yerongpils, anyone?), an XPA and an IPA. But it’s on the weekends that the industrial space on Wilkie Street comes alive with a “cellar door” operation running 10 taps in a large, open space. A rotating food truck makes it easier for locals to while away an afternoon or evening with a bunch of mates.
Events are on the cards, too, Deale says. These will involve live music and comedy nights.