Kooinda, meaning ‘ Happy Place’, is an award winning boutique brewery producing natural, unfiltered, unpasteurised quality Australian made ales.
It began as the first ever residentially licensed brewery in Australia, where its award winning first release – American Pale Ale was originally brewed in 2008 on a 400L handmade brewhouse, and utililsed a family in-ground swimming pool to cool the beer as it transferred to the fermenter.
In late 2010, the Kooinda team took the plunge and moved the brewery to a site in Heidelberg West (near Latrobe University), which allowed for increased brewing capacity. At this time, two of the brewery’s Directors, Jamie Cox and Michael Opie, were employed full time.
Throughout 2013 Kooinda commenced its next expansion that will double the brewhouse and triple overall capacity.
Handcrafted and unfilted, Kooinda brewed ales use only the finest available malted barley, hops and yeast. With a diverse range, there is a beer to suit everyone. From Valhalla Golden Ale as an introductory boutique beer, to Black India Pale Ale for the biggest of hop heads! Currently there are six core beers in the family, with more planned for release in the near future.
The Kooinda range can be found in many bars, restaurants and cellars around Australia. A selection of beer has also made its way to Malaysia, and there is likelihood for future destinations within Asia as well as South East Asia.
From the beginning, Kooinda has been awarded annually in the Australian International Beer Awards, achieved a spot in the James Halliday Top 20 Beers of Australia 2012, awarded three places in the 2011, and one place in the 2010 Critics Choice Australian Best Beers’, voted in the top 10, claiming the highest ranked Victorian microbrewery over the last two years ‘The Local Taphouse Hottest 100 Australian Craft Beers’, and a number of people’s choice awards at events/festivals in Australia.
Head brewer Michael (Mick) Opie has been brewing for over 30 years and has a natural ability to bring all the right ingredients together to produce the most enticing ales.
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