Meet a Sponsor: Rich & Pete Ostroff, the boys behind Garden Ale

January 8, 2016 No Comments

Garden Ale boys This round is Garden Ale Round. And to celebrate we talk to brothers Rich and Pete Ostroff, founders of boutique beer brewery Carlisle Street Brewing and creators of Elwood’s official beer, Garden Ale. We caught up with the boys and asked them a few questions…

Q: So firstly Rich and Pete, are you lads cricket fans? I have heard you both played a bit of indoor cricket in your time?
P: Yeah, certainly better at watching than playing. We had an indoor team down in Oakleigh called the Half Mongrels. We were lucky enough to win a finals one year.
R: Pete’s completely wrong on a couple of points there. Firstly, the Half Mongrels won two premierships (not one). Secondly, I’m a fairly accomplished middle-order batsman and medium-pacer.

Q:  Now tell us about how you two got started in the beer making business?
P: We both enjoyed the new local craft beer coming out in our area & we started brewing our own brews out the back of Pete’s place in Caulfield. From there we decided to bring a beer to the market. We always wanted our first beer to appeal to the broader market, which is Garden Ale.

Q: And what are your roles? For example, do one of you look after the making of the beer while the other focuses on the business side?
P: We’re both very hands on in terms of the brewing process.
R: Pete has a greater focus on distribution and I do a bit more of the admin/finance stuff. We both do sales and marketing.

Q: So the club loves Garden Ale. But are there any other beers in the pipeline?
P: Elwood Cricket Club have been drinkers of Garden Ale for a number of years and its been great getting to know many of the people that make it a great club. Garden Ale is certainly a great session beer, which is perfectly balanced with 3 hop varieties. Our next beer will be an IPA which will be very punchy with hops, darker in colour and slightly higher alcohol volume.
R: We’re hoping to have our IPA released around June of this year.

Q: And, If anyone wants to buy Garden Ale, how can they purchase it and which bottle shops currently stock it.
P: Some of our local stockists are the Railway Hotel – Windsor, Thirsty Camel Caulfield South, Thirsty Camel Caulfield, Gefe Bottleshop, St Kilda Wine and Spirits., Happy Cellars Elsternwick.

Q: And which restaurants in Melbourne are currently serving your beer?
P: Some of our local restaurants/bars are Lava Cafe, George Public Bar (Snake Pit), Vegelicious, Woods of Windsor, Miletos, Hanoi Hannah, Classic Cinemas Elsternwick.

Q: And finally, you are good mates with a lot of the people at the club, so … if you could only choose either Mark Rosendorff batting for your life or Greg Thwaites bowling for your life, who would you choose?
P: Yeah that’s a tough one, ideally we’d lock them up in the nets together and see who’s left standing. With Rosy’s current batting performance in the 2nds he’d be a tough one to look past. Its always good to see the batsman freak out with steamtrain Greg consistently smashing them ball after ball.
R: Good question. Greg can intimidate once he’s built up a good head of steam….a bit like big Merv in the glory days. But I don’t think I can go past Rosy with recent batting performances.

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