Latest News and Updates for 15th April 2020

Horny Wombat update

A big HELLO to you all,

Firstly, thank you to all of you who keep on supporting Horny Wombat brewery during this time of unusual challenges. Your business is, and always will be appreciated. Your feedback, positive, negative or indifferent will always be welcomed and we appreciate constructive negative feedback. We can only improve and resolve an issue if we know what the issue is. A pat on the back, when deserved, is also nice.

A few updates for those of you who are not on Facebook, or prefer not to be active (like me).


In line with the public holidays, for Easter I will be closing a 6pm Thursday 9th of April 2020 and will re-open, as normal at 12pm on Wednesday 15th of April 2020. This might give me some chance of catching up with brewing.


Geoff, the uglier of the two of us, has not been well and has been suffering with a confirmed case of COVID-19 which he and his lovely partner, Kay, managed to pickup as a souvenir from their sojourn to Italy, of all places! To put your minds at rest Geoff hasn’t been near the business in 6 weeks and I haven’t had physical contact since the day he left, 6 weeks ago. Geoff has managed to see the inside of the International airport, the Prince Charles Hospital and his home since he has been back in Australia. Geoff is in good spirits but has stated that the virus has really knocked him around, badly.

It is very sobering that someone so close to me has been affected and is suffering quite badly. Geoff is a very fit and healthy person and it is scary what the virus could do to someone in less than good physical condition.


In light of the fact that I have been operating the business by myself for the last 6 weeks brewing of beer has reduced, purely due to available hours in the day and my inability to stay awake longer than 16 hours.

There has also been an extraordinary demand for beer in the last two weeks as people are stocking up for the Zombie apocalypse. It’s hard to hoard beer when you only have 2 or 3 kegs but most people are getting all their available kegs filled, just in case…

As a result, I am running fairly light on some of our beer lines. I am trying to make it last and in light of this please don’t be offended if I say that you can’t have 2 kegs of one type of beer. It’s nothing personal, I just want to make sure that I can try a supply a little bit to as many people as possible.

The bottle fridge also keeps on getting hammered and again, I am the only one bottling beer so please try and be a little forgiving if your beer isn’t always available in bottles. I will try and restock ASAP depending on available beer and time.


Last Friday QLD Liquor Licencing sent an email advising that bottling of customers growlers should stop during the period of the virus due to contamination concerns etc. In light of this I have made the decision that bottling your own beer will cease for the foreseeable future, until the ban is lifted. It makes sense as experts say that the virus can survive up to 4 days on metal surfaces and 9 days on glass surfaces. I’m so sorry about this but it is a decision that I didn’t make lightly and I will try and lift as soon as there appears to be a relaxation on this.


In accordance with social distancing guidelines etc I have taken the following steps:

– seats have been removed in the brewery,

– there will be no sample beers served,

– stubbies are not to be consumed in the brewery, including car parks. If they are, they will be confiscated and you will be asked to leave,

– social distancing should be practiced at all times in the brewery, 1.5 metres apart, one person per 4sm etc. If I get too close to you, for your comfort please say so, sometimes I forget.

Congratulations if you have read down this far. Apologies for the long email but there has been a lot to cover and hopefully it will answer a number of questions I have been fielding over the phone.

Cheers, stay safe in these tumultuous times and look after each other,

George and Geoff (G&G)

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