Something big brewing

Tim Dean and Mark Bruce (Ivan Kemp) 248900_12

Belmont brothers-in-law Tim Dean and Mark Bruce have released a new craft beer in tribute to the street connecting their homes, where their passion began.

“We’re backyardies, at the end of the day,” said Tim, one half of Mt Pleasant Rd Brewers.

The teacher and his paramedic brother-in-law began researching hops and investing in serious home-brewing equipment a few years ago.

After serving as guinea pigs, neighbours, friends and family encouraged them to take their brewing to the “next level”, Tim said.

During COVID-19 they channelled their efforts into their Tropical Eclipse Pale Ale, brewing several trial batches.

“It was crafted and perfected during lockdown,” Bruce said.

They have since teamed with Bells Beach Brewing to brew and can 1500 litres of the drop, now available at some local bottle shops.

With several breweries popping up along the Surf Coast, they hope to become known as Geelong’s truly-local small-time purveyor of frothies.

“It’s all about being local and supporting local,” Tim said.


Luke Voogt