Our story

‘’If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’’

Born from a love of craft beer and tour guiding, we created Behind the Barrel as a way to share our passion of both industries. We try to emulate the value of the famous quote ‘if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’.

Working in tourism for the past 5 years and having been a tourists for much longer, naturally, we have experienced many unique beers and cocktails. From famous German beers to the cocktail scene in London. After every tour we liked to wind down with a beer (or 10) and soon discovered our passion for craft beer and the industry.

Having now settled in Lennox Head, the Northern Rivers seemed like the perfect area to pursue this passion and share it with others. The craft beer and spirit scene here has only been growing. With more craft breweries and distilleries opening, most of them in true Northern Rivers style – having a focus on local and natural ingredients and processes.

We currently visit a select handful of artisan breweries and distilleries that all have deep passion and integrity for what they do and for the industry overall.

Breweries 

Stone & Wood Tour – born in beautiful Byron Bay and home of the famous pacific ale

Seven Mile Brewery Tour – a family owned brewery with a simple vision to craft the best beer possible

Wandana Brewery Tour – great beer with some quirky features with their brewing

 

Distilleries 

Lord Byron Distillery – artisanal spirits produced on a family farm, from local farmers and even from you! (see their gin making glass)

Cape Byron Distillery – part of the Brook family farm that’s known for the famous Brookies Gin and the delicious local muesli

Husk Distillery – first generation, new world distillers striving to create rare and unusual spirits that reflect our beautiful environment

Reviews:

Alex R
Alex R
12/05/2021
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Awesome 😎 I'm a solo traveler and had an amazing time and I had a blast thank you I had had a really great time Discovery theses brewery's
David M
David M
06/05/2021
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Great afternoon A great afternoon. Very knowledgeable and friendly host. Great value for money, definitely recommend.
Gdaymate55
Gdaymate55
24/04/2021
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Under the Barrel 🙂 Interesting tour of 2 breweries and a distillery. Good knowledge of Industry. Kindly picked me up from Bangalow.
Michael W
Michael W
23/04/2021
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Brewery Tour Very enjoyable afternoon checking out the local breweries and distillery. Highly recommend Behind the Bar tours and will look forward to doing another one in the future!
Sophia S
Sophia S
22/04/2021
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Spectacular afternoon One of the best tour we have been on! Awesome knowledge of the breweries and distilleries. Behind the Bar is highly recommended for a fun afternoon adventure!
Makaela S
Makaela S
15/04/2021
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Best Thursday ever Was the best time! Lots of variety, Jarryd is good company, wouldn’t rush to get to the next place, would highly recommend
Ryan B
Ryan B
19/03/2021
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Superb day on the Arvo tour We had a great time on the afternoon tour all 3 venues were great and our guide Rory was excellent, very knowledgeable of the area the venue and their products. Me and my girlfriend were the only ones on the tour so it was like a private tour and we loved it. A nice amount of time at each place and was nice chatting away with him throughout. The guy at lord Byron distillery was particularly good as his place is small and relatively new he talked us right through every product and answered all our questions. We even got a few bottles of rum and vodka as they were too good not to buy. We knew what to expect at at stone and wood as they are so big, nice selection of beers and cider unique to our tastes. Wandana is a cool little brewery with top notch beers and beautiful view. Definitely recommend the Arvo session if your in Byron. My girlfriend was pleasantly surprised as she really not a beer fan AT ALL haha.
Rebecca L
Rebecca L
14/03/2021
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Great tour exploring the Byron Beer scene We had a great time on the tour with Jared who was very knowledgeable and friendly. A must do in Byron as the beer and spirits scene gets even better.
Mike Lowry
Mike Lowry
11/03/2021
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Good Drank and Informative I booked a tour through behind the barrel for my partners birthday and it was a great experience! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and Jarryd was knowledgeable of all the beverages and knew how to show us a good time, especially with the 1%ers like letting us use the aux cord for the drive! Haha - definitely recommending to all our friends.
Kaylene N
Kaylene N
11/03/2021
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Loved it Very worthwhile doing while in byron! Definitely do the pinicolada! Lunch was fantastic. Will recommend to anyone.