Mountain Culture Beer company has just been named the country’s best | Blue


Beer lovers, head to Katoomba where the Mountain Culture Beer company has just been named the country’s best.

Best brewery: Harriet and DJ McCready with daughter, Dorothy, at the Mountain Culture Beer company in Katoomba. Photos by Melanie Wong

Best brewery: Harriet and DJ McCready with daughter, Dorothy, at the Mountain Culture Beer company in Katoomba. Photos by Melanie Wong

DJ and Harriet McCready have cultivated a cult following with their beers brewed in the renovated old Civic Video store on Parke Street.

As well as taking the top brewery ranking on the app Untappd, their beer, Be Kind Rewind – which was the old shop’s message to customers returning videos – also topped the national beer list.

Not only that, they are making their mark on the international scene, breaking into the top 10 world brewers on ratebeer, which touts itself as having the world’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of beers.

They are the only Southern Hemisphere brewery in the top 10 of “new brewer of the year awards 2020”, which Mr McCready said was “an awesome surprise”.

The McCready family

The McCready family

It’s provided joy to the young couple who opened in October 2019, just before the bushfires hit, and then endured the COVID shutdown, only able to keep going thanks to thirsty locals and a thriving takeaway business.

“We went from thinking can we even set up the business to being the number one brewery in the country,” said Mrs McCready. “It was a very welcome turn of events and obviously it was the local support that meant we could stay in business.”

They have found that Mountains people have been introducing others to their beers. Word of mouth has increased demand so much they are about to set up another brewery in Emu Plains.

And Mr McCready is “pushing the boundaries” in his beers. “Our malt and hop profiles are three times what other companies are using in their recipes. We’re using good quality ingredients and a lot of them,” he said.

Said Mrs McCready: “Less than two years ago no-one would have known us and now we’re poised to have a global name.”

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