"Let's start our own Brewery"
Like many good things, the Mudgee Brewing Company began with
an idea shared with mates over a few beers. From that moment, Gary
Leonard began exploring the vast world of craft beers and discovered beer
making traditions with heritages going back hundreds of years.
He enjoyed the differences in beer, between an ale and a
stout, a porter and a lager. With the revolution of craft brewing in New
Zealand well underway, he decided that Mudgee was a perfect place to
start a microbrewery which placed Mudgee Brewing Company at the
fore-front of the craft beer renaissance in Australia.
Mudgee has a fine history of brewing with Crossings Brewery
being first to set up in 1853 and the Federal Brewery founded in 1883.
Sadly, its doors shut in1956. During its time its beer was in high demand
in Sydney and Melbourne and exported to the thirsty Australian troops
fighting in the Pacific Islands during World War Two.
The Federal Brewery was also responsible for the legend of
Mudgee Mud, which has inspired Mudgee Brewery's signature Imperial Stout.
For years they used the pristine waters from a farmer's well, but when
the town water was connected the quality went down. For a while
there was so much sediment in the beer, it became known as Mudgee
Some 60 years later the legend (but fortunately not the
taste) of Mudgee Mud has been resurrected by the Mudgee Brewery.
The brewing takes place in a rustic 100-year old red brick former wool
store owned by the Anglican Church, though the local Catholic priest has
blessed the brewery too. And why wouldn't you bless a place that
produces fine, crafted beers ranging from sessionable pale ales to the
rich taste of Mudgee Mud?