Chris Sidwa and Andrew Fineran took a chance on a warehouse in Marrickville in 2013, rolled in a small brewing kit and launched the Batch Brewing Company.
The choice of brewery name reflected their concept, one that would eschew a broad range of core beers in favour of just a couple of regulars and a rapidly changing array of single batches. There was no grand plan as to what styles these would be.
Instead, they were happy to take a lead from the seasons, unexpected opportunities and whatever else they felt people in a then nascent beer scene might be willing to try. Then they banked everything on how well the ‘drink local’ concept would resonate; as a small business, from day one they were cogniscent that any future success would depend on people in their own community supporting what they were doing. They came up with a line that summed up this inclusive ethos, painted it on the wall and stamped it on their labels: ‘We Brew For You’.