"Let's start our own Brewery"
Like many good things, the Mudgee Brewing Company began with an idea shared with mates over a few beers. From that moment, Gary Leonard began exploring the vast world of craft beers and discovered beer making traditions with heritages going back hundreds of years.
He enjoyed the differences in beer, between an ale and a stout, a porter and a lager. With the revolution of craft brewing in New Zealand well underway, he decided that Mudgee was a perfect place to start a microbrewery which placed Mudgee Brewing Company at the fore-front of the craft beer renaissance in Australia.
Mudgee has a fine history of brewing with Crossings Brewery being first to set up in 1853 and the Federal Brewery founded in 1883. Sadly, its doors shut in1956. During its time its beer was in high demand in Sydney and Melbourne and exported to the thirsty Australian troops fighting in the Pacific Islands during World War Two.
The Federal Brewery was also responsible for the legend of Mudgee Mud, which has inspired Mudgee Brewery's signature Imperial Stout. For years they used the pristine waters from a farmer's well, but when the town water was connected the quality went down. For a while there was so much sediment in the beer, it became known as Mudgee Mud.
Some 60 years later the legend (but fortunately not the taste) of Mudgee Mud has been resurrected by the Mudgee Brewery. The brewing takes place in a rustic 100-year old red brick former wool store owned by the Anglican Church, though the local Catholic priest has blessed the brewery too. And why wouldn't you bless a place that produces fine, crafted beers ranging from sessionable pale ales to the rich taste of Mudgee Mud?