As all good brewery stories should start, Ballistic Beer Co’s origins lay in the celebrations after the January 2014 Ashes when Australia had a clean sweep of the Poms. Somewhere between the bars and a quick nude swim at Doyles on Watson’s Bay, an idea was hatched between David and his pommy friend Matt, to do something about expanding the underserviced Queensland beer scene. In a previous life, David had spent 3 years shoving his head up Matt’s bum and got to know him very well (Matt was a prop and David, second row, in a Hong Kong rugby team). Some months later, a plan was hatched to build a big shiny new brewery in an old WW2 shed on the outskirts of Brisbane.
Two years and many hours of work later, David, now the boss of Ballistic Beer Co, thought he had better hire someone who actually knew stuff about brewing. David lashed out, paying $50 to place an ad on Crafty Pint seeking a Head Brewer.
Meanwhile on the other side of the world, sitting on his bed in a dark, cold room above a kebab shop in London, sipping on some incredibly tasty beer (that he had probably made), trawling the internet looking for his next move was Lachy, a feisty young brewer with fresh skills and a boat load of passion. Lachy had spent his 20’s cutting his teeth at Gage Roads Brewing in W.A and drinking every different beer he could get his hands on. When he had drunk all there was in Australia, Lachy spent 2015 drinking his way around the breweries of Europe before completing a stint brewing for Camden Town Brewery. Lachy was now looking for a project where he could take the reins and put into play all of the brewing philosophies and ideas that he had accumulated over the years. Up came David’s ad and Lachy thought, ‘after living in London, I could handle living somewhere with decent weather for a while’. So after a quick skype interview, Lachy packed his bags, flew back to W.A and loaded everything – furniture, drum kit & fiancé – on a truck bound for Brisbane.
It would be great to say that on arrival it was a meeting of minds, but…. David was a crusty, conservative old fart and Lachy was the tattooed young, idealistic, opinionated brewer. Thus began a relationship where David and Lachy approach everything from entirely different ends of the spectrum – IBU’s, politics, branding, target market, music, rugby v AFL, general life philosophies… Fortunately, despite many forthright discussions, there was one thing they both agreed on – they wanted to make the highest quality drinkable beers, loaded with flavour. And so was born a team of complete opposites, determined to make beers that contrast flavours and find a happy place between old and new.
When you try a Ballistic beer, you’ll notice something familiar but also something different, a meeting of old and new. So enjoy a Ballistic beer, but don’t expect it to taste like any other craft beer– it really depends on who won the latest “discussion”!