Dromana’s TWØBAYS has made a pretty significant impact on the brewing world during its relatively short history, and being named Xero’s Small Business of the Year is just the latest example of how far it has come.
Since opening their taproom in December 2018 and packaging their first beer later that month, TWØBAYS is now the largest independently owned gluten-free beer brand in Australia, and this award is testament to the fantastic team they’ve built and their drive to continue improving and innovating.
TWØBAYS founder Richard Jeffares and his wife, Sarah.
In 2020, a report in the Medical Journal of Australia said a quarter of Australians are regularly avoiding gluten, and for that reason TWØBAYS launched a second gluten-free beer brand in September named GFB. Earlier this year they also started doing Australia’s first gluten-free beer tap takeovers in pubs and hotels across the country.
Even though they are a relatively small business, they still look to give back where they can. Earlier this year they collaborated with Queensland band Ball Park Bloom – who have two gluten-free members – to brew a special beer and raise money to help support musicians in need. They were blown away with the response from the market and ended up raising more than $10,000 for SupportAct.
TWØBAYS also spend a lot of time and money investing in ways to reduce their impact on the planet, including installing a 33.54kW solar system and buying all of their remaining energy needs from registered green power suppliers. They have completed a carbon assessment of major parts of their business and have purchased carbon offsets for the emissions that they are unable to offset. All spent grain after brewing is collected by a farmer who uses it to feed their livestock; food scraps from their taproom are sent to a farm to feed chickens and goats; and they use aluminium cans instead of glass bottles because it’s better for the beer, it’s lighter and stronger for transporting, and it’s fully recyclable, taking 95 per cent less energy to make a can from recycled aluminium than from new aluminium.
TWØBAYS might be a small business, but it’s making a big difference.