On a very cold and wintery Katoomba night in July 2020, Harriet and DJ welcomed their baby girl – Dorothy Margaret McCready. The next day, DJ went back to the brewery with the instructions to brew a beer worth waiting nine months and enduring 30 hours of labour for. And so Yellow Brick Road, a juicy tropical NEIPA, was also born. Critics (Harriet) are calling it some of DJ’s finest work. Yellow Brick Road, third edition, released 2022.
Built-in 1912 in the beautiful Blue Mountains town of Katoomba, Mountain Culture’s building housed ‘The Echo’, the local paper for many a year. Later it allegedly passed time as a “dancing saloon and home for lost or belated drunks”, until finally ending up as a Civic Video store. In 2017 DJ and Harriet McCready embarked on transforming the dilapidated building into the first brewpub in the Blue Mountains. After 18 long months of careful renovation, they opened the doors with the goal of welcoming people from near and far to come in and have a beer. But not just any beer. Rather, they hold themselves accountable to a standard that means constantly pushing the limit and pushing themselves to figure out how they can brew better beer, every batch. Because let’s face it, life is short. They have no time for beers that don’t blow their hair back, and nor should you.