New brewery for Wollongong

Five Barrel Brewing, a new Wollongong, NSW venture from father-and-son duo Mike and Phillip O’Shea, is slated to open soon.

Both keen homebrewers, the O’Sheas have decided to take the next step, leasing a property at 318 Keira Street to accommodate their own nanobrewery and cellar door.

Ex-Navy Mike is semi-retired, while Phillip founded online beer retailer,, which further ignited his brewing passions.

“Tasting so many different beers from around Australia, it really expanded my horizons and introduced me to a whole range of different beer styles that I wasn’t too familiar with, but now thoroughly enjoy,” he told Australian Brews News.

“We’ve got quite a wide selection of beers that we like to brew. We are starting off with a nice crisp Cream Ale, that’s our gateway beer. We’ve also got a Pale Ale, an Amber Ale and my family really likes Stouts.

318 Keira St, Wollongong, where Five Barrel will be based

318 Keira St, Wollongong, where Five Barrel will be based

“We’re also into sours, so we’ll be starting a barrel program shortly after launch. We’ll keep the core range of beers to about four and then we’ll just make sure that we have seasonal and one-offs that we rotate through,” he said.

The O’Sheas will be running a 600L brewing system, with on-site tastings and packaged sales available.

“We’re anticipating to be ready around September,” said Phillip.

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