Peninsula born and bred boys Grant Rodgers and Blake Bowden, both aged 28, are the faces of a consortium which is steaming ahead with plans for a craft brewery in Dromana’s industrial estate and boy oh boy, it’s going to be a cracker.
The group already have their own wholesale beer (it’s called the Jetty Road Pale
Ale), the building, a business plan and a huge dose of patience (it took six years just to find the right site). They also have a planning permit and a vast amount of collective experience in the industry.
It’s a refreshingly local venture and at the heart of it all are two great mates who love a great craft beer. Directors Grant and Blake explain: “We’re family friends, we went to the same primary and high schools and we always talked about opening a pub. Instead, we decided to open a brewery.”
Their resolve strengthened after attending Oktoberfest together and they dipped their toes into commercial brewing late last year. “We’ve done 15 years of home brewing but our first commercial beer (released October 2016) took off and we’ve sold out twice,” Grant, an accountant, continues. The boys started ‘gypsie brewing’ at Mornington Peninsula Brewery (it’s a supportive industry around here, this craft brewing) and are now brewing twice a month at a bigger venue.
As they show Mornington Peninsula Magazine around their (future) brewery site in Dromana, it’s clear there’s a lot of work to be done. They have, however, completed the commercial kitchen and it’s available for rent 24/7 while Grant and Blake work on the brewery approvals and fit-out, the beer hall, functions space and more. In the meantime, Jetty Road Pale Ale is soaring in popularity and the take-up from local venues is so impressive that namedropping is a must. You can find the boys’ beer at Portsea Hotel, Flinders Hotel, Casa de Playa in Mornington, Mr Pauls, Rosebud Hotel, GPO Hotel, Barn & Co in Balnarring, The Long Table in Red Hill South, Hop Temple in Ballarat, Southside Social Frankston, Freddie Wimpoles in St Kilda and the list goes on.
And the origins of the name Jetty Road Brewery? It’s named after Jetty Rd, Dromana, where it all started. “We started brewing on a residential street in Dromana so we called ourselves The Jetty Road Crew,” Blake explains.
The Jetty Road Brewery vision is a “cool venue” that includes a commercial brewery, commercial kitchen, beer hall, functions space and children’s play area. “We want people to walk in here and say, ‘oh wow, this is where I want to stay’ and the kids can play too,” Grant says.
Watch this space because these boys have plenty of announcements to come. For now, you can enjoy this local pale ale at the venues mentioned; the boys are working on their second beer; and you can hire their brand new commercial kitchen now. More at jettyroad.com.au