About CBCO.

Uncomplicated. That’s life in Margaret River. And that’s the philosophy behind the Colonial Brewing Company.

One of the first breweries to open on Western Australia’s wild coastline, the Colonial Brewing Co tapped its first keg in 2004. It was the first step in an incredible journey, and guided by some of Australia’s most talented and passionate brewers, we opened our first East Coast brewery in Port Melbourne in 2015.

But even as we grow, we still do things the exact same way we do them in the Margaret River. We do them uncomplicated. That’s why our hand-crafted beer actually tastes like beer should. It’s why our ciders use only cold-pressed Australian apples. It’s why we created a range of crafted cans that could go where you go and do what you do, from the bar to a barbie, a festival to the footy.

Because life is better uncomplicated.

Colonial Brewing Company

Margaret River is the special corner of the world in which our beer story began. Known for its relaxed lifestyle, beaches and scenic views, the brewery is a place to share a piece of our story.
Port Melbourne is home to the East side of brewing. Inspired by Music, Melbourne's laneways and the dynamic craft beer market, CBCO is a small brewery living the big city life. Located km's out of Melbourne CBD the brewers are local guys making local beers inspired by the ever-changing beer culture.


Ash Hazell Head Brewer Colonial Brewing Co


Ashley Hazell

It was clear where Ash’s career was heading after creating a chemistry ‘research project’ that involved brewing beer in the uni labs. He spent almost a decade at Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle before driving across the Nullabour with his wife and dog along for the ride, landing in Melbourne to help start Barrow Boys Brewing. A couple of years on, shiny stainless steel was the lure used to bring him on board at Colonial as the Head of Brewing. Ash sightings in the wild can be holding fish or disguised in a hat around Melbourne town, but are never far from good beer.


Hamish Cross

Hailing from the rural hinterland of New Zealand’s South Island, Hammer (Hamish to his mum) has come a long way from his local pub (where the beer options were “warm or cold”) in search of a better way of life. A knock on the brewery door and a position available was as simple as it got for Hammer, joining the brewing team at Colonial Brewing Co. He is now flat out making beer in our Port Melbourne site that is of course, when he’s not throwing out the worst examples of Dad jokes this side of the Tasman.


Jarrod Stivala

The Stiv, Steve or Derek to many, is our Tim the Tool Man Taylor of CBCO. Give him a problem and he will reach into his bag of tricks and fix it. Formally at Portsea Hotel for Colonial Leisure Group, Stiv was asked to help out at Colonial Brewing Co Margaret River for a month and fell in love with the brewing culture. The dream team moved across to the East Coast to start up the Port Melbourne Brewery and the rest is history…with many stories to be told might we add.


Josh Leeman

On the wrong side of 30 and with extremely iffy spatial awareness, our sales and activations manager Josh was destined to work for a brewery from an early age. Having worked on the wrong side of the bar for 12 years, he made the transition to brewery life around September 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. His hobbies include driving caravans under low bridges, misplacing important beer componentry and the general butchery of anything of value.



While working for C.U.B., Chris decided that a big step up in workload and responsibility for significantly less money was exactly what he wanted, joined the Illawarra Brewing Company (IBC) as the head brewer. After over a year at IBC and a short stint at Holgate, he ended up back in his home town, brewing at Colonial in Port Melbourne. Chris is studying to sit his Diploma of Brewing in June and with him joining Hammer on the brewfloor, Port Melbourne now boasts a formidable team that excels at brewing and lame jokes.


Ryan Cleghorn

Cleggy discovered the joys of craft beer while chasing winter between Mt Hotham and Canada, trying many of the great crafts North America has to offer. After 4 years of winter he decided to pack away his snow gear and move to Portsea. A summer was done, and he returned to the snow until an altercation with a tree ended his dream in Japan. Heading back to CLG and Colonial Brewing Co, a new dream blossomed. Back with his boys, he joined the team as a keg monkey and under the guidance of the fellow beer lovers hopes to soon learn the art of brewing.


JAcob Nesbit

Dubbed as the ‘Bogan Brewer’ due to black jeans, tattoos, and an interesting gumboot choice, what he thought was a short stay with the brewery has become somewhat of a long one. It didn’t take long for the brewers to realise that they couldn’t get rid of him and he quickly became part of the brewing family. Maintaining the token of the Kiwi Status in Margaret River, laying down roots in the community and solidifying a position on the brew team under the watchful eyes of two great brewers, Kiwi was born. A love of drinking beer can only be superseded by a love of making it and so the passion continues to grow.