Boatrocker is a small, family owned and run brewery and distillery in Melbourne's southeast. Boatrocker sets out to challenge the status quo of beers and spirits. Celebrating tradition while pushing the boundaries, finding new and exciting flavour profiles but never straying from our quality-driven values is what sets Boatrocker apart.
Founded in 2009 by Matt & Andrea Houghton, Boatrocker has come a long way from its beginnings of selling its first beers from the back of their car.
Our aim is to offer not only a unique experience at the source (34 Macbeth Street, Braeside VIC 3195), but to also offer a complementary online experience.
It all started back in the 80's when Matt was a teenager, with a television show called 'The Beer Hunter'. This show was an inspiration for Matt's love of all things beer. It set him on a path of enlightenment, education and travel. Matt would spend his days homebrewing and dreaming of travelling through such exotic locations as Brugge, Boulder, Bavaria, Britain and elsewhere the Beer Hunter had been. It was not until 1998 that it all became a reality. With backpack on, these beers came alive; their history, social importance and appreciation of the craft by its loving populace.
And then, sadly, Matt was back in the land of the bland. Hmmm, VB or Carlton? Where was the love? There was only one answer, take homebrewing to the next level. So Matt went to study brewing at Ballarat Uni. At this time, Matt also discovered his other passion; his wife Andrea.
They then set about planning a brewery. No easy task and very expensive. So while saving their pennies, Matt and Andrea couldn't just sit back and watch their friends drink 'fast-food' beer.
They had to rock the boat. With no brewery of their own, they took Matt's pale ale recipe and pilsner recipe and gypsy brewed them, to the acclaim of not just friends and family, but by judges at international beer awards where they picked up numerous medals.
Gypsy brewing to commercial brewing
Gypsy brewing was a great first step into commercial brewing, but it had its limitations, and Matt and Andrea more determined to have their own brewery. After a few years Matt and Andrea were in a position to build their own brewery. Late in 2012 they took over a property, purchased equipment from around the world and set about getting it all up and running. The first items Matt purchased were 60 used wine barrels, starting the wheels turning on what would later be Australia's first barrelroom and cellar door. The first beer put through their new equipment was a turbid mashed lambic style beer.
The business has grown with extra investment, and now Boatrocker has one of the largest barrel ageing facilities in Australia, allowing years of inspiration to become reality. In late 2017, Boatrocker became Boatrocker Brewers & Distillers, with the distillery Hippocampus from WA merging into Boatrocker to create an exciting new venture allowing us to let our creativity run even more free! We hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy offering them to you.