Caolan Vaughan

April 4, 2018

I began my brewing career with a business degree in brewing from the University of Ballarat in 2004-06 (now Federation University). The skill set I acquired there, and have developed since, encompasses both the business and operational aspects of brewing.

For three years I was a member of the brewing team at Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, Western Australia. There I learnt production and the various aspects of running a brewery and it provided me with my initial experience of managing a production schedule.

In 2010, wishing to broaden my brewing experience and further develop my management skills, I sought and obtained the position of production manager at Thornbridge Brewery in Derbyshire, England. There I transformed the brewery’s existing operations, significantly increased production and helped the business find a market for its beers throughout the UK and internationally.

In late 2012, seeking the experience of both overseeing the development of a new brewery and working within the North American craft brewing industry, I sought and obtained the position of head brewer (brewmaster) with the Steamworks Brewing Company in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Starting in January 2013, I oversaw the development of the new Steamworks Brewery at Burnaby, BC. In September 2013, with a team recruited and trained by me, I produced the first batch of beer from the new Steamworks Brewery and continued to do so up till early 2015.

In mid 2015, wishing to return back to Australia with my partner. I was giving the opportunity to work at Stone & Wood Brewing Co. as the Head Brewer where I still work today. During this time, I have also had the privilege of becoming a father.

Throughout my career I have also had the opportunity to judge at many beer competitions that include IBA Indies, AIBA, GABF and WBC.