Red Duck Beer
Scott Wilson-Browne – Spontaneous Beer Brewer
In 2005, Red Duck Brewery launched as one of the brave few fighting the craft beer cause in Victoria's west. Initially founded in a converted dairy in the grounds of Purrumbete Homestead and operating a Providore in nearby Camperdown, brewer Scott Wilson-Browne soon made a name as one of Australia's most adventurous brewers.
Based in Ballarat since 2011, Red Duck continues to push boundaries, whether working with barrels, producing hop free ales inspired by ancient styles or collaborating with international brewers and using unusual ingredients. A pioneer of many unusual or rare styles and techniques that are now being attempted by a growing number of Australian brewers, the brewery has also become increasingly synonymous with its hometown, selling much of its beer, particularly core range beers such as its Pale and Amber, within a few kilometres of the brewery.
Originally brewing into tanks named after characters in Kath and Kim but now bearing those of the world's leading footballers, Scott and his brewers frequently bring a no-holds-barred approach, specialising in full strength and Imperial versions of predominantly traditional British and European ales as well as obscure releases such as Egyptian-inspired sours and Medieval gruits and braggots.