It started over a beer. Friends Richard Adamson and Oscar McMahon shared a drink while lamenting on the stagnant state of the Australian beer scene, and decided to take matters into their own hands, soon bringing on Dan Hampton as a co-founder. Thirteen years later, the trio’s brewery Young Henrys in Sydney’s Newtown is thriving, and their beers are poured in hundreds of venues (and stocked in bottle shops) around the country. Their Aussie Pale Ale is regularly crowned one of the best Aussie craft beers on the market, while their slightly hazy and tropical IPA is an MVP for summer. Here, Dan takes us behind the scenes.
We didn’t feel there was a beer company that spoke to us as people. We’re passionately independent and love live music, sessionable beers and good times.
There are now more than 700 breweries in Australia and I don’t know that we’re remarkably different, but we’ve managed to stand out from the crowd by being authentically alternative, always doing things “the YH Way” and having a hell of a lot of fun in the meantime.
The Newtowner is our flagship, plus we’ve recently released Cold XPA which is a bloody belter of a beer – just in time for a long hot summer.
Early tee time at Coast Golf Club, before meeting my wife and daughters at Little Bay to swim and explore the rockpools.
Very controversial question – that’s like picking a favourite child (which is the older one by the way!) Safest answer is the Young Henrys Tasting Bar.
Probably all of the sustainability projects we’ve got running, in particular the glowing algae tanks in the brewhouse as part of the Beer Positive initiative with UTS.
We work closely with each pub that pours Young Henrys to support communities up and down the east coast: fundraising for footy teams, new artist launches, urban gardens…
A slight hangover from all the amazing bars and pubs.
Beer battered fish and chips on Coogee Beach.