Gold Standard

June 20th, 2019
Gold Standard
Mismatch brewery at Lot 100 near Nairne has become a favoured destination for Hills locals and it was recently recognised on a national scale by winning a swathe of awards at the Australian international Beer Awards.

Mismatch rose from humble beginnings as a gypsy brewer – meaning they began brewing their own beer using other companies’ equipment on a temporary basis.

Brewery manager, Owen Lyons has been at Mismatch since the gypsy day.

“We were brewing at other businesses but as the business rapidly grew, we knew we had to find our own space,” he said.

In 2017, Mismatch found their own home at the Lot 100 multipurpose facility – a collective of the Adelaide Hills’ finest producers including, Adelaide Hills Distillery and The Hills Cider Company.

Since moving to Lot 100, Owen says that is is been so successful and it’s been a pleasure to hire new staff and see their skills develop.

“I love watching people grow professionally, from starting on the canning line to moving up into the cellar door,” he said

They are also surprised by the number of locals who frequent Lot 100 and Owen feels a real community is growing around it.

“It’s amazing how many locals come to Lot 100 on a regular basis,” Owen said

“We thought that most of our patronage would be people from the city, but the locals have really embraced this new space.” he said.

They are currently working toward an expansion of output with the current output of 7,000 litres three-times-a-week being expanded over the summer season of 2019/20.

The brewery has eight employees working on the brew each day along with numerous other sales and customer service staff.

“We are going really well”. Owen said

“We have strong and loyal support locally with sales growing interstate all the time,” he said.

At the Australian International Beer Awards, SA brewers took home over 80 medals with 18 going to Mismatch.

They won three gold medals – for their Session Ale, Mandarin Berliner Beer and the India Pale Ale as well as a major trophy for ‘Best design, Outer Packaging’ for the India Pale Ale.

Owen says that the secret to their success is the Adelaide Hills water they use to brew with along with the South Australian malt.

“We use really good ingredients from SA and abroad. Owen said.

our team of brewers also put love into every bottle which makes all the difference,” he said.

Owen has been brewing for seven years and believes the big brewing companies getting into craft beer is actually helping local independent craft brewers.

“It helps us, since the introduction of major brewers’ craft range, our sales have never been better – they actually introduce customers to new flavours which they explore further through local brewers, as their tastes have been expanded,” he said.

Mismatch is currently looking to expand their brewery and work force into the next year with the hiring of new staff expected in the coming months.

Other Hills brewers also did well in the beer awards with Prancing Pony Brewery in Mount Barker, Lobethal Bierhaus and Left Barrel Brewing in Balhannah taking out nine awards between them.

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