Like many craft brewers today, John Stallwood began with a home brew kit. That was in 1994 and soon the idea of Nail Brewing was jumping around in his head.
In early 2000 John set up his brewery at Bobby Dazzler’s, a pub in the heart of the Perth CBD. On March 23, 2000 the first ever pint of Nail Ale was poured from a tap at Bobby’s Dazzler’s. The market was a lot different back then, Little Creatures would open their doors in November 2000 and the number of craft beers available was not many.
One night in 2004 John was in Fremantle and saw a fight break out, he didn’t know anyone involved but tried to help and ended up being assaulted himself. The incident left John severely injured and in hospital he was placed into a coma and he required a titanium plate to be put into his skull. At the time, the two surgeons in charge of the team – Doctor Jeff & Doctor Watson – said it was the largest plate they had dealt with. John’s parents sold their son’s brewery to The Mad Monk, now known as Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen, in Fremantle. After his recovery John set about to bring back Nail Brewing, using contract breweries like Jarrah Jacks’s in Pemberton and Edith Cowan University.
In 2012 John started BrewCorp with friend and fellow brewer Brendan Varis of Feral Brewing, and BrewCorp purchased a 50 hectolitre brewhouse from which all Nail Brewing beers are now produced.
Australian craft beer is booming and we are very proud to be one of the countries most awarded breweries. John has also played a big part in growing the craft beer scene in WA by being a key part in the formation of the Western Australian Brewer’s Association and The Perth Royal Beer Show. We are also proud to be 100% independently owned and operated.
In the black heart of winter 2017, Nail released what was then a yet-to-be-named New World session ale going by the working title of “Mid-E” – since dropped in favour of MVP. The beer cuts a similar path to the single hop El Dorado VPA, filling out its 3.4 percent ABV with Galaxy, Astra and Calypso hops to keep things fun and fruity. Passionfruit and mango shine while tangerine plays a supporting role to balance the tropical fruit. It comes with a firm bitterness that exceeds most in its category meaning, for many, it’s exactly what is missing from the low alcohol space.
- VPA silver medal at the world beer cup
- MVP best reduced strength beer AIBA
Too many to count trophy’s and medals across the range making Nail one of the most awarded craft brewery’s in Australia!