Thursday, 25th. June 2020

Presenter Jarrard   – Behind the Barrel – Our Story

What Jarrard will be covering in the presentation is how I got to where I am today. I will give a much more in-depth story about my business and elaborate on my about story. 

What made me completely change careers and start something I had no experience in. 

Falling in love straight away and learning a lot along the way to finally starting my own business.


‘’If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’’

Born from a love of craft beer and tour guiding, we created Behind the Barrel as a way to share our passion for both industries. We try to emulate the value of the famous quote ‘if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life’.

Working in tourism for the past 5 years and having been a tourist for much longer, naturally, we have experienced many unique beers and cocktails. From famous German beers to the cocktail scene in London. After every tour, we liked to wind down with a beer (or 10) and soon discovered our passion for craft beer and the industry. 

Having now settled in Lennox Head, the Northern Rivers seemed like the perfect area to pursue this passion and share it with others. The craft beer and spirit scene here has only been growing. With more craft breweries and distilleries opening, most of them in true Northern Rivers style – having a focus on local and natural ingredients and processes. 

We had this realisation whilst sipping on a beer one arvo at the pub – and so our two passions were merged and Behind the Barrel was born. Truly loving the work, beer, spirits and storytelling is in our DNA, not to mention we are great designated drivers. 

We currently visit a select handful of artisan breweries and distilleries that all have deep passion and integrity for what they do and for the industry overall.


Stone & Wood Tour – born in beautiful Byron Bay and home of the famous pacific ale

Seven Mile Brewery Tour – a family-owned brewery with a simple vision to craft the best beer possible

Byron Bay Brewery Tour – at BBB you’ll not only enjoy good beer but live music as well


Lord Byron Distillery – artisanal spirits produced on a family farm, from local farmers and even from you! (see their gin making glass)

Cape Byron Distillery – part of the Brook family farm that’s known for the famous Brookies Gin and the delicious local muesli

Husk Distillery – set with a picturesque view of Mt Warning, sip on an ink gin southside in pure tranquility

We are constantly trying to grow and adapt to the changing landscape of the Northern Rivers craft beer and spirits scene whilst creating a memorable experience that leaves our customers with beer in their belly and curiosity in their mind.  

Date: Thursday, 25th. June 2020
Time: 7:30 am until 9:00 am

Venue: Ballina Manor Boutique Hotel, 25 Norton Street, Ballina

Byron and Beyond Members: $33 / Visitors: $38

On the Menu
Each Byron and Beyond Networking breakfast offers a range of delicious menu choices, made from our regions best local produce.

Places are strictly limited due to Government regulations so please book NOW!


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