The golden decade of surfing in Australia gave birth to six pioneering artisans who supplied the entire nation with surfboards. Their craft shaped the history of surfing in Australia forever, they are known as The Brookvale Six.

SurfCraft Brewing’s inspiration comes from these legends who founded the Australian surfing industry in the 1950’s, known as The Brookvale Six. Barry Bennett, Gordon Woods, Bill Wallace, Scott Dillon, Greg McDonagh, and Denny Keogh. The Brookvale Six started making boards, first with balsa from the forests of Ecuador and then with foam, supplying the whole of Australia their boards and turned Brookvale into Surf City. Friday, they took turns in turning on a keg of beer.

These men pioneered the surfboard manufacturing industry in Australia and helped transform how surfing was shaped and we are thrilled to share their story, so we can revere, have a beer, admire, respect, and never forget them or their craft.

This event was all about DK and the Keyo's and what a very special day to celebrate the launch of the Vee Bottom Session Ale with the legend DK and the Keyo Family. Our launch events celebrate each one of the Brookvale Six and each new beer we release to market. Our first event was the successful release of the Pintail Lager inspired by Barry Bennett and the Bennett family and now we have successfully launched the Vee Bottom Session Ale inspired by DK and the Keyo family, celebrating their contribution to our community and surfing history.

These events provide a reason for celebration, a coming together of like-minded people to support SurfCraft and our local history. 


Our Vee Bottom Session Ale is the next in the series to pay homage to the pioneers of modern-day surfing, the Brookvale Six. Our inspiration for this super sessionable ale, is the founder of Keyo Surfboards, Denny Keogh who was an unheralded leader of the shortboard revolution of the '60s. It was in the Keyo Factory along with many crafting hands that the game changing Vee Bottom came to life, giving surfers the shape they needed to carve a tighter, shorter arc on the wave creating a new movement (sounds like our beer).

Our Vee Bottom Session Ale waves the Keyo flag for innovation using an incredibly new and exciting hop from NZ Hops, NZH-102. This new kid off the block hop doesn’t even have a name yet but is slated to make as big a wave in brewing as the Keyo's did for surfing.
Thanks Vanessa, Johnny, DK, Dave, Kirrily & the entire Brewery team, Monkee Business, Matty and everyone that came along to the brewery for making it such a special day. We are bringing back Kegs at Keyos.
Cheers to DK.


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