Tim & Tess – the people who make the beer & sell the beer
HopDog brews hop-centric beers and artisinal ales, with a focus on quality ingredients and an attention to detail.
HopDog is an 800L craft brewery located on the South Coast of NSW. HopDog is an Ale only brewery, producing hand crafted boundary pushing beers using quality ingredients sourced from Australia, New Zealand and America.
Head brewer Tim Thomas brings with him over 15 years of professional brewing experience, having brewed previously for the Lord Nelson and Five Islands Brewing Company to name a few, and has seen the emergence and rise of the Australian craft beer industry.
HopDog began production in 2011, but like most good things has been in development for much longer. “I spent months – years even, tweaking recipes, developing flavours and exploring the boundaries.” Tim further says ”Here at HopDog I am not limited to what a boss or accountant says beer should be. I brew what I like to drink, drawing on all aspects of my experience and knowledge.”
It is a crime to think that beers are for chugging or need a billion dollar marketing campaign. In fact the emergence of the craft brewing industry brings with it food matching and opening a flood of food preparations using beers – cuisine de la biere – and brewing with ingredients normally used for cooking. Oak barrels, gingerbreads, coffee and seasonal fruits all have a place in the HopDog larder.
This is where Tess’s experience is paramount to the brewery. With over 17 years experience as a chef, her knowledge of flavours and food matching helps refine the final product and sort the brewery into a well oiled machine.