Jayne Lewis to leave Two Birds

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Melbourne-based brewery, Two Birds Brewing, today announced the departure of co-founder and Australian brewing legend, Jayne Lewis.

After 12 years of dedication at Two Birds, Jayne has decided to pursue new opportunities that allow her to spread her wings in another direction within the industry.

During her tenure at Two Birds, Jayne has been an instrumental part of the company’s growth and success, playing a key role as head brewer of Two Birds’ award-winning range of craft beers.

Co-founder of Australia’s first female-founded brewery alongside Danielle Allen, Jayne has become a formidable force not only as a brewer, but as an industry leader. For many years, Jayne has been a driving force behind establishing equality and opportunity for women within brewing, leading her to co-found the industry advocacy group, Drinks Agents For Change in 2020.

In 2022, Beer & Brewer Magazine recognised Jayne’s contribution to the brewing industry, awarding her their Lifetime Achievement Award.

On her decision to leave Two Birds, Jayne said: “It’s been a wild ride since starting Two Birds 12 years ago alongside Danielle. It has been such an amazing experience, I’ve learnt so much and I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and the beers that we’ve made!

It’s tinged with sadness, but it feels like it’s time to start fresh with a new challenge. I’m not going far though, as my plan is to move into people-centric training and coaching for the brewing industry.”

On the departure of Jayne, Two Birds Co-Founder Danielle said, “Starting a brewery together wasn’t such a crazy idea after all! We learned an incredible amount along the way and enjoyed many beers together.

Jayne led the way for the Two Birds brand to represent women in beer, along with pushing the boundaries of the craft, I wish her success in her next endeavours.”

On Jayne’s contribution, Fermentum Managing Director, Rod O’Connell said, “Jayne’s contribution to Two Birds, Fermentum and the broader brewing industry over the past 12 years can’t be understated.

A gold-medal-winning brewer, a much-loved leader and a passionate advocate for women in our industry, Jayne has made incredible connections in this time and cleared pathways for those who have followed her. We wish Jayne all the best in her exciting new venture that will see her continue to have an impact in the industry we all love.”

As Two Birds proudly delivers its exceptional range of craft beer to its customers, the launch of brand’s 5th edition of the ‘Warrior Woman’ International Women’s Day beer at The Nest on Wednesday 8 March provides a fitting opportunity to toast Jayne’s many achievements and contribution to brewing.

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