Black Hops partners with Bucket Boys to distribute beer into NSW and ACT

Gold Coast, Australia, 19 April 2017

Independent Gold Coast brewers Black Hops have forged a beer alliance with Sydney’s Bucket Boys Craft Beer Co to distribute Black Hops beer into NSW and the ACT.

Since June 2016, Black Hops, billed as the least covert operation in brewing, have been making waves on the local craft beer scene from their brewery and taproom in Burleigh Heads, on the Gold Coast. Having built an ever-growing following in the South East QLD and Northern NSW areas, and off the back of their recent highly successful launch of Black Hops Pale Ale in cans, the timing was perfect for Black Hops to expand their distribution network further south.

To help them increase their national presence, Black Hops have teamed up with the Bucket Boys Craft Beer Company, based in Marrickville, Sydney. Started by two beer-loving mates as a craft beer brewery/bottle shop, Bucket Boys have recently expanded into beer distribution, establishing a refrigerated warehouse and distributing quality beer to craft beer friendly venues and bottle shops.

Bucket Boys will have exclusive rights to distribute Black Hops beer to venues and bottle shops in both the ACT and throughout NSW, with the exception of Tweed Heads to Byron Bay, which Black Hops will continue to look after themselves.

Black Hops founders, Eddie Oldfield, Dan Norris and Michael ‘Govs’ McGovern, are excited by the opportunities this partnership will bring to get Black Hops into the hearts and minds, and down the throats of, beer lovers in NSW and the ACT. Says Black Hops head brewer ‘Govs’; “After speaking with several distributors and even interviewing potential sales reps, it became clear that collaborating with Jonathan and Clint from Bucket Boys was the way to go. Our philosophies are very much aligned and our brands complement each other well. It was also critical for us to have people we trusted representing our product in a competitive market such as Sydney.”

To celebrate the launch of the Black Hops and Bucket Boys beer alliance, the following beer-tastic events will be taking place during May while the boys visit Sydney:

  • 12 May – Friday Night Pale Ale tasting at Bucket Boys HQ in Marrickville
  • 13 May – Tap takeover at Bitter Phew Bar, Darlinghurst
  • 14 May – Sunday Tinnie Sesh at Ze Pickle, Surry Hills, to coincide with the launch of their new burger

About Black Hops Brewery

Black Hops Brewing is 3 mates making craft beer and sharing everything they learn along the way. After discussing a concept over beer at the pub, Dan, Eddie and Govs set off to make their first beer, the Eggnog Stout. Once the pilot brew batch was out, their attention quickly turned to doing a proper commercial brew. Within a few months they had their Eggnog Stout out in bars and got to work on building their own brewery.

In 2015, they brewed the world’s first official Call of Duty beer, a Midnight Pale Ale. In 2016, they successfully raised $17,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to become the first Aussie brewery to launch via crowdfunding. They opened the doors to their own brewery and taproom in Burleigh Heads in June 2016.

The boys have been very active in sharing the Black Hops story via blogs, podcasts and on social media, so be sure to look them up!

For media enquiries please contact Eddie Oldfield on or 0418 772 796.


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