The people behind Redoak
David Hollyoak, our brewer, started brewing ginger beer at the age of 14. He continued brewing through uni, travelled overseas, learnt traditional brewing methods and experimented with specialty beer styles. Soon he began to impress mates with his beers (probably not hard you think!). After years in civil engineering, he yearned for a career change. In 2004, he achieved his lifelong dream of opening a brewery (Redoak). That’s when the real work began!
David, then recruited his sister Janet to join him in the business and together they established Redoak in 2004. They have created Redoak Brewery, which is without doubt Australia’s most awarded brewery. More recently, Alex and Elaine have joined the team to manage the restaurant/bar/kitchen bringing a wealth of creativity, experience and ideas.
Australian owned family business
David & Janet are from a large family which is fifth generation Australian and they lived in rural areas during their childhood. Family holidays were spent exploring Australia and these experiences sparked and continue to drive their support and commitment for local producers and small family businesses.
Both David and Janet will be found camping, fishing, bushwalking and sailing when they are on holidays. They both make a point of searching out local produce when they are out in country areas. Our raspberries and blackberries are from a cousin’s farm in Yarra Valley, Victoria and we stopped brewing fruit beers when the berry farms were destroyed in Kinglake fires. Anyone who knows David, knows he loves nothing better than to be cooking a barbie with friends or family with tongs in one hand and beer in the other.
Beer brewed with passion
Our brew team are very passionate about beer and love all things beer related.
A German beer writer recently described Redoak as ‘beer heaven’ after adopting it as his local when living in Sydney for 6 months. A huge compliment as Germany is the country of origin for many highly regarded beer styles and holds the world’s second largest beer competition – the European Beer Star.
The range of beer styles is vast and many go back centuries. Redoak brews an extensive and ever expanding range of beer styles from Belgian Chocolate Stout, Organic Pale Ale, Framboise Froment, Belgian Choc-Cherry Stout, Rauch, Bock, Baltic Porter, Special Reserve, Kolsch, Berlinerweiss, Belgian Wit Bier, German Wheat Beer, Oktoberfest Lager and there’s more.
Beer & food matchings
Good beer needs to be enjoyed with good food. Sash, Head Chef, infuses his own personality into the menu offering an amazing selection of dishes to complement and use beer wherever possible.
Customers are encouraged to explore beer and food individually and together. Enjoy beef fed on brewers spent grain, beer ice-cream, beer-infused chocolate truffles, cheese and beer, and many more dishes.
Approach and beliefs
We believe that all Australians deserve a fair go, need to support small family businesses, to look after our precious planet and enjoy great beer and food with family and friends. If we all make a small effort and support real craft beer, then together we can encourage real diversity, real choice and real flavour. But it all starts with each of us!
We are not afraid to stand up for what we believe in. Redoak is a founding member of the Australian Real Craft Brewers Association, a not-for-profit association, supporting Australian small and independent real craft brewers.
David likes to question, challenge and think outside the square. This ethos flows through everything we do.
You should work hard, have fun – life can be short so you need to love what you do.
We make a point of hiring staff with a passion for beer and food, a positive outlook and cheery disposition.
We like to give back to our community and we have proudly supported various charities or fundraising events such as the Childrens Hospital by participating in Amber Affair for 8+ years, Kinglake Fires, Camp Quality, Room to Read events, Movember, Hearing Research.
There are many worthwhile causes so we only choose a cause which has a personal connection in some way to our team or customers.
Redoak Brewery, under the expert guidance of brewer David Hollyoak, has won major awards in USA, UK and Europe for its many beers. Beer competitions serve to benchmark a brewery’s beers to the best of the best. To win a major award, a beer must be simply outstanding and full of flavour, aroma and taste. Read more
Our brewers work hard to create beers for you, which are recognised by beer judges around the world for their quality. It is you, the customer, that encourage us to keep striving for new and better beers. Our bar & restaurant has over 20 different beer styles on offer at any one time and the beers available are constantly changing. We encourage everyone to visit us to try our beers that are true to style and full of flavour, aroma and taste.