Scott Hargrave was bitten; make that mauled, by the brewing bug in March 2006 at the much loved Wig & Pen Tavern in Canberra. A demonstration of mashing in a tiny lunchbox esky caused a beer epiphany that hit with the force of a concrete truck. Told by the Wig & Pen’s owner Lachie McOmish that , yes he could get a job in the brewing industry if he had enough passion ,drive and skill, Scott set about following Lachie’s last piece of advice : “get your homebrewing in order”...good place to start as he hadn’t yet done any. Next stop was to join the Canberra Brewers Club where in short order his first all grain beer was judged ACT Champion Wheat Beer and then sent to the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships. A still bewildered Scott was awarded Best First Time Entrant by his ACT club mates and he vowed to prove to himself that 2007 would show this was no fluke. 2007 saw Scott’s beers constantly improving and winning local, state and national amateur titles, with his hefeweizen winning gold as the Highest scoring beer in the ACT Championship and winning the Wheat beer category at the Australian amateur brewing championships as well as being nudged out by half a point for Champion beer of Show . Maybe there really was something to this brewing caper...
23 months after his first all grain beer, Scott was offered his first commercial brewing gig as brewer at the Sunshine Coast brewery in Queensland. Dragging his beautiful wife and two daughters 1600kms north into the great unknown was a real test of character for them all. The Sunny Coast brewery is a tough brewery to work on, but as a former concretor Scott was used to grinding out the hard yards and within 6 months had the 2009 AIBA Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer as well as a Gold Medal 2nd place to the world famous Weinstephaner Brewery with his Sunshine Coast Dunkelweizen and finalist in Champion Small Brewery category to show for his efforts.
Mid 2009 saw Scott offered a brewing position with Stone & Wood Brewing Co in Byron Bay. It was an opportunity not to be missed and Scott joined the fledgling brewery in September 2009. Scott spent the next four years brewing all the Stone & Wood range and Pacific Ale has gone on to be one of Australia’s most loved craft beers and won numerous awards and accolades highlighted by a silver medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup.
In late 2013 Scott was offered the Head Brewer role at the Byron Bay Brewing Co with a focus on improving and adding his own brewing personality to the house beers and seasonal offerings, and a desire for the brewery to fully participate as an active player in the burgeoning Australian craft industry. Five medals from his first entries for the brewery at the 2014 AIBA bode well for the future.
Scott has judged at numerous national & international beer competitions including the 2009, 2013 Australian Amateur Brewing Championships, 2011,2012,2013 AIBA beer awards, 2014 Royal Qld Food & Wine Beer Show and will Judge at the inaugural 2014 Craft Beer Industry Association Awards in Sydney immediately after the ANHC in Canberra.