So­cial Ban­dit Brew­ing Com­pany MANS­FIELD

North East Living Magazine - - News - Words Steve Vi­vian words Steve Vi­vian

SO­CIAL Ban­dit Brew­ing Com­pany, on Buller Road’s east­ern out­skirts of Mans­field, has an un­de­ni­able rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cep­tional craft beer. Owner and head brewer Jeff Whyte im­ported his Aus­trian-built brew house equip­ment from Ja­pan in 2015, and what came next is a tes­ta­ment to his at­ten­tion to de­tail. As­sem­bling thou­sands of the brew­ery's com­po­nents in both Ger­man and Ja­panese, Jeff put to­gether this 10,000-piece jig­saw puzzle to cre­ate one of Vic­to­ria's unique brew­eries right in the heart of the High Coun­try. The brew­ery bar, which fea­tures 12 beers on tap, flows onto a su­per-re­laxed atrium where drinkers and din­ers can en­joy beers of all styles (we rec­om­mend Whyte's ar­guably un­matched IPAS) and de­li­cious pizza. Another thing you'll find at So­cial Ban­dit is re­cy­cled old fur­ni­ture: old ho­tel ta­bles and chairs, pack­ing crates and a bar slate con­structed from the old roof of the Jamieson post of­fice. Whyte has con­structed much of it, and his daugh­ter has con­trib­uted the de­sign for a strik­ing mu­ral in the brew­ery. It re­ally is a fam­ily affair at So­cial Ban­dit – and you'll more than likely be watch­ing Whyte brew­ing with his son in the brew­house as you step up to the bar to or­der. And with a brewer like Whyte, Mans­field can count its lucky stars. As you watch Whyte mak­ing the same beer you’re drink­ing you soon re­alise that this is a brew con­cept of world stan­dard.

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