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Masters of their craft

The people have spoken and The Top End’s own One Mile Brewery’s beers have been named some of the best in the country.

By Tamara Howie

Four of the local brewery’s top tipples made it onto the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers list, putting Darwin firmly on the national beer-map.

Their 4:21 brew ranked at 41, fol-lowed by RDO at 51, No Limits at 73 and Otto’s at 82.

One Mile’s Stuart Brown says he and business partner Bardy Bayram were stoked and humbled to make the list.

“We were a bit surprised to be honest. When we didn’t see anything in the 90-100 range we thought we’d missed out," he says. 

“It was a nice surprise that they kept popping up along the way.”

Brown puts the popularity of their brews down to the flavours and style being perfect for the Territory climate.

“All of our beers are designed for the hot weather and they’re quite easy drinking but still pack some flavour,” he says.

“I think a lot of it has to do with the Territory public getting behind a Territory business and supporting local.”

Brown says their small operation has seen an increase in interstate interest since breaking into the charts.

“There’s always been the occasional enquiry but there’s definitely been a higher number come through after the hottest 100,” he says.

“We’re looking at our options, but obviously there’s a logistical effort that goes in to (exporting interstate), as well as our capacity as Bardy and I both work full-time and this is an after hours and part-time gig.

“It’s about managing our current orders and looking after the Territory first.” 

This year the boys are looking to maintain their quality so they can stay in the top 100 next year, and are working away on a mid strength beer to add to their menu, plus improving their customer infrastructure at the brewery to make it more comfortable for beer swillers. |

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