Ken has been responsible for some of the best beers in Australia. ‘Hopping’ between both Beerland’ brewpubs, Ken brews with great skill and finesse having a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chem). He is an active member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) and in 2004, Ken was awarded the prestigious IBD Fellowship.
A vet of the industry, Ken’s brewed for more than enough breweries throughout his lifetime including Tooheys, South Australian Brewing Company, commissioning and operating of The Old Lion Hotel in North Adelaide, Director of Operations at the Swan Brewing Co right where he started as an Assistant Chemist.
Ken and the brewing team produce a wide range of seasonal small-batch craft beers from dark lager, Get Schwarty – a malty dark beer brewed in the traditional style of a Schwarzbier – to a fruity twist on the classicly European style of Sasion in Taking the Pith, to the latest batch of tropical James Street Juice – a New England inspired pale ale has all the hallmarks of a tropical fruit juice, pouring a thick golden haze with pineapple, passionfruit, orange and mango on the nose.
Ken enjoys playing a bit of soccer, basketball, and even kite surfing – in addition to tasting beers of all styles and provenance.
Andrew Dean is a Certified Cicerone and a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling (IBD) currently studying for the Diploma in Brewing.
His first taste of the industry was at the Albany Aleworks in his hometown, where he also studied Graphic Design at Great Southern TAFE. Eventually moving to Perth, Andrew’s passion gained him employment at Billabong Brewing where he learned his craft.
At Beerland, he has honed his skills and applied his creativity to such brews as the Mosaic’s Beard XPA, James Street Juice NEIPA and Bento Box Gose.
Andrew enjoys travelling the world to experience different cultures and visit as many breweries as possible to sample their produce. His favourite beer styles include German Lagers and anything Belgian.
Tom Fleay has been a commercial brewer since 2013 brewing for some of Australia’s best-known craft brands. He started his career at Brewpack in NSW, a contract brewery and bottling plant. In the 3 years he was there, Tom was educated by on-site German Brewmasters and promoted to a ‘Senior Brewer’ role with the tasks of training new brewers and over-seeing brewing operations.
Wanting experience in a smaller brewery focused on their own branding. Tom moved to the Hunter Valley to work at Lovedale Brewery aka Sydney Brewery, working in a small team producing award winning beer. Being a Perth boy, Tom and his family missed WA and decided to move back home if the right job came along, luckily for him the perfect job came up and that was working with the Beerland team.
Tom loves the recipe development stages of brewing and has been fortunate to win some prestigious awards for his brews. Though he has infinite respect for traditional and historical beer styles, he’s not afraid to experiment with the weird and wonderful too. In his spare time Tom loves playing guitar, homebrewing and of course spending time with his family
Sabhan began his time in the world of beer in 2015 starting out at Northbridge Brewing Company. Since then he has been continually looking to expand his knowledge of all things beer as well as becoming an avid Home Brewer along the way.
Sabhan’s philosophy is that there is no such thing as a bad beer but there are truly great Beers. Although he has a respect for all styles, some of his favourites include West Coast IPA’s, Red Ales and on special occasions he has been known to enjoy a good Barley Wine.
These days you will find him representing Beerland at one of the many craft beer festivals and representing the Beerland brand wherever he can. Be sure to keep an eye out for him at tastings, tap takeovers and beer events around the city.