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Before striking out to start a craft brewery of her own, Jayne Lewis, like a good few other craft brewers, studied a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Oenology (Winemaking) and worked in wineries in Margaret River, WA and the Napa Valley in California for three years. It was a background that was to serve her well when, thankfully, she saw the light and got serious about craft beer.It was about 10 years ago that Lewis made the move into brewing, when she started out working for Little Creatures Brewing in Fremantle. She was working at the iconic craft brewery for about three years, during which time she put her wine knowledge to good use, helping to develop Pipsqueak cider for the brand.
Offered an new opportunity working at the Matilda Bay Garage Brewery, Lewis left her native Perth and moved across the continent to Melbourne in 2007. After a brewing crisis of sorts, Lewis actually decided she wanted out – enrolling in Vet Science – however, in 2008 Mountain Goat made her an offer she couldn’t refuse. Thankfully for the Aussie craft beer industry, she accepted and worked as the Head Brewer at their Richmond brewery for four years. The job turned out to be the exact inspiration she needed, and in June 2011, she and her business partner, and long-time friend, Danielle Allen took the plunge and started Two Birds Brewing. Lewis is the brewing half of Two Birds, and the pair also operates their own shiny new brewery and tasting room in Spotswood, in Melbourne’s inner western suburbs. The dream of owning her own equipment was a long time coming, with Two Birds constantly growing popularity making it necessary for Lewis and Allen to take the plunge.
Keen to hone her skills, Lewis has also completed a Diploma in Brewing through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the UK and has proven her abilities, working as a respected beer judge for the past six years at shows including the World Beer Cup, Australian International Beer Awards, Australian Craft Beer Awards, and Brewers Guild of NZ Beer Awards. More than that, Lewis is keen for other women to extend their influence into the world of beer. She is President of the Pink Boots Society Australia, an American organisation that was created to specifically cater to female beer professionals and to help them to advance their careers in the industry through education, grants and networking opportunities.