For five generations, the Coates family have made their living as dairy farmers in Jindong. But when Hamish Coates was a broke university student in Perth, he stumbled into an idea that changed the farm’s future forever.
When fifth generation Jindong dairy and cattle farmer Hamish Coates was studying geology and physics at the University of Western Australia, he didn’t have much money. But he didn’t allow this to stop him from having fun.
Having grown up on a farm, Hamish was always practically minded and had a strong sense of initiative. When he couldn’t afford to buy beer, he began brewing his own instead.
The completion of his degree coincided with the mining downturn, and instead of the high-paying mining geology job he envisioned, he was forced to return home to his family farm. Determined not to let what he had learned at uni go to waste; Hamish began brewing beer.
Lots of beer.