Founded in an industrial shed near the beach in 2016, 10 Toes Breweryrode in on the early waves of emerging craft on the Sunshine Coast. Born from a desire to chase dreams and pursue passions, 10 Toes is about going after what makes you come alive and sharing the good vibes with your tribe.
Founder and Head Brewer Rupert Hall is a Mechanical Engineer by trade and spent years in the mining industry as a project manager before deciding to open a brewery. We asked Rupert where his beer journey began and what prompted him to make such a bold move and pursue his passion for brewing as a career.
"I’ve always been passionate about drinking the stuff but things really took off for me while living in Tasmania 15 years ago. Being the hop capital of Australia, Tasmania has a rich beer drinking history and thriving culture of small producers. I had access to new and interesting beers and high quality ingredients and from that my obsession was born. Having an engineering background I’ve always been diligent with record keeping which enabled me to measure how minor adjustments to my process could translate to significant changes in the final beer. Beer is one of those things which can be as basic or as technical as you want it to be but the outcome will generally reflect your approach.
The mining industry was full of the technical challenges I enjoy but having a young family and being away for weeks at a time wasn’t a winning combination. Over the years I’d witnessed the wave of emerging craft breweries start in Western Australia, move its way across to Victoria then up through NSW. I figured it was only a matter of time until it arrived on the Sunshine Coast. I was ready for a change, I had a decade of brewing experience behind me, a business plan I’d been contributing to for years, and a wife who was eager to reclaim her garage from the plethora of brewing equipment I had amassed. I was given the green light to go for it and I didn’t look back."
A Message from Josh Donohoe
While the 10 Toes crew produce a quality range of many different beer styles, we are focusing on two absolute crackers that are perfect for these colder months. For those who think they don’t like dark beer, I encourage you to forget past experiences and get your hands on both of these.
First up the ‘Alter Ego’ Vanilla Porter which has been part of the 10 Toes core range for 3 years and with good reason. Originally brewed as a limited release, the Vanilla Porter has become a year round favourite due to the rich and roasty flavours that you come to expect from a porter, beautifully balanced with vanilla and coffee notes. The hint of sweetness from the vanilla bean and lactose makes this beer a little decadent like dessert, yet light enough to leaving you wanting more than just one. While I keep this one in the fridge on a regular basis, there is also something special about a schooner on tap down at the brewery!
Next up, we have the long awaited … drum roll please …. ’Theta State’ Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale. As a long time fan of 10 Toes (and for a few years living only 5 minutes’ walk away from the brewery), I remember when Rupert first got his hands on some barrels. Just a mere 2 and a half years later and we finally see the genie let out of the bottle, or better still, the Belgian let out of the barrel.