FAMILY OWNED &
OPERATED WITH INTEGRITY
We’re proud to be a small, independent, family-owned business. Our founders Hamish Coates, Mel Holland and Colin Coates have stayed true to this for the entire life of the business.
With no outside investment or intervention, we make decisions based on what's best for our staff, for our brewery and for the future of our planet.
This means that when it comes to doing the right thing, there are no shareholders or investors to answer to - we can just do it.
FROM FARMING TO BREWING
Our story is that of a family growing and thriving together on the land. For five generations, we’ve evolved from humble beginnings - a simple farmhouse and a handful of cattle - to a thriving business with the latest in cutting edge agricultural and brewing technology.
Both the farm and brewery take their name from the natural outcrop of ironstone that runs through the centre of our home block; a “Rocky Ridge” that’s indicative of the rugged beauty of our little corner of the world.
GROWING & EVOLVING
Over time, our simple ideology of “everything we brew, we grow” has evolved into something far greater.
It’s grown into a wholehearted commitment to always striving to be better: to brew beer in a better way, to use better systems and be better members of our community.
We’ve also always stayed true to our roots by focusing on fresh, local and sustainable produce.
Most of all, we’re so grateful for everyone who has helped us get to where we are today.
From all of the people that have put in the hard yards to help us develop and grow, to all of our amazing and loyal fans who have drunk our beer - we just want to say a huge thankyou.
Our mission has always been to brew better beer in a better way.
To look after the planet, to be active members of our community, to make delicious beer and to have a whole lot of fun while we’re doing it
A brewing lightbulb of an idea, planning a business and sourcing equipment.
GETTING THINGS OFF THE GROUND
Installing equipment like mad, first commercial release, and a Yes We Can attitude. We also hired our first employee Ricky, who is now a shareholder in the company.
Growing the Rocky Ridge family (brewers Boogie & Ash come on board), getting involved with our first charity brew (Sock It To Sarcoma), plenty of collabs and limited releases.
ONWARD AND UPWARDS
Brewery expansion featuring new tanks and a solar upgrade. The Rocky Ridge Cellar door opens (finally!). Another charity brew: Out Of The Blue for MND. This year also saw our team grow again.
THE NEXT EPISODE
& A SPANNER IN THE WORKS
Ever more tanks, a bigger & better solar upgrade and a whole ton of amazing limited release beers. Also, a little global pandemic to make things interesting.
OOOF, HERE WE GO AGAIN
Even more brewery expansion, achieving carbon neutral status and some more “fun” Covid-related turbulence (but nothing keeps a good brewery down). The Cellar Door gets a tavern licence (hooray!).