SWELL BREWING Co. STORY
Dan Wright has been in search of the perfect wave since he first waxed a surfboard. He’s also been in search of the perfect beer. While trekking the world on a two-year surf and snowboard odyssey, an idea brewed. Swell Brewing Co. is the result. Originally brewed in the back shed of Dan and wife Corrina’s vineyard in McLaren Vale, the aim of Swell Brewing Co. is to share our premium craft beer with others.
We are passionate about craft beer, using the finest ingredients we can source and our brewing skills to bring our individual flavour. Coming to brewing from a wine background, we wanted our beers to represent new layers of flavour and texture, and to be a first choice for matching with food.
Best enjoyed cold, from a glass with your mates, after a day on the coast.
DAN WRIGHT, BREWER & FOUNDER
Travelling North and South America following the surf on a budget meant that there were a lot of very long bus rides. It was during these breaks from the swell, that I began to think about the awesome craft beer industry in the Americas. Why wasn’t there anything like this in Australia? So out came the journal, and over numerous 10-hour bus rides to the next surf spot, the idea for Swell Brewing Co. developed.
As soon as I returned to Australia, I started on my brewing career. Setting up a brewery in our back shed, I worked hard at perfecting my beers. I was a favourite guest at many of my mates houses as I would bring around my brews for feedback sessions. Three years of brewing from scratch, and I felt that my recipes were where I wanted them to be. I still use the shed brewery for all of my brewing trials.
In my non-brewing life, I run our own vineyard called Rayments Block which produces premium grapes for Penfolds and Wirra Wirra wines. The Swell Taphouse looks out over our vineyard towards the d'Arenberg Cube.
Married to winemaker for Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards, Corrina, we are the proud parents of Koen and Miah. I enjoy travelling, especially exploring new surf breaks and snow slopes with my family. We also love to get away to our holiday house Blue Horizon at Marion Bay on the Yorke Peninsula- with some of best surf in the state!
SAM FISHER, HEAD CHEF
Sam was born to cook crazy good beer food.
Most recently he was head chef at Mia Margherita in Henley Beach, serving up spectacular Mexican themed cuisine, but his career has taken him all over the world. But his whole career has been building up to working in a taphouse with crazy good beer, so he can cook crazy good beer food! He has been perfecting his beer reduction sauces for years. When you think of Swell think TexMex : burgers, wings, ribs, fresh tacos, smoked meats and much more. Living and working in the heart of the Fleurieu means Sam is spoilt for choice and the Swell Taphouse will always strive to showcase awesome locally sourced produce.
CASSIE HOLLAND, VENUE MANAGER
With a vast experience in hospitality, including Serafino Wines, The Confessional, Coriole, Southern Ocean Lodge and Glen Ewin Estate, Cassie is our gun on the ground day-to-day at Swell Taphouse.
SHANE PARKS, BREWER
Our Shane loves craft beer. Even if he doesn't have a beard. Ex the Vale Ale & Fox Hat team, Shane is bringing his craft to the new brewhouse at Swell Taphouse.
MIKEY WRIGHT, BREWERY DOG
No brewery is complete without a brewery dog! British bulldog Mikey Wright (named after the pro surfer) is never far from Dan's side and has a full body wag approach for as many pats as he can get. He's almost more popular than the beers!