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 had this realisation whilst sipping on a beer one arvo at the pub – and so our two passions were merged and Behind the Barrel was born. Truly loving the work, beer, spirits and story telling is in our DNA, not to mention we are great designated drivers.

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

Byron Bay Brewery Tour – at BBB you’ll not only enjoy good beer but live music as well

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 – set with a picturesque view of Mt Warning, sip on an ink gin southside in pure tranquility