Hargreaves Hill Brewing Co. began brewing in 2004, in a little green shed on Hargreaves Road, in Steels Creek, just below the hill named by the locals ‘Hargreaves Hill.’ Simon Walkenhorst, and his wife, Beth Williams began the brewery together, with a thirst for more choice and quality in the Australian beer market. The original brewery was small, with a brewlength of only 400 litres, and every stage of brewing and packaging was by hand. Before too long the first two products, Pale Ale and Porter had found a dedicated audience, and the brewery began plans to expand its brewlength. A cellar door and restaurant was established in Yarra Glen in 2007 to allow customers better access to the products, and a greater range of beers were developed, including the much loved ESB, and Abbey Dubbel or AD. The company has a simple philosophy, choose good quality ingredients, and create great flavour, and balance.
In 2009 the brewery was destroyed, along with much of Steels Creek in the Black Saturday fires, which also decimated Kinglake and Marysville. The brewery made the decision to forge ahead, and with the support of many in the Victorian brewing industry, managed to keep some products on the market by brewing in other breweries for six months, until a new brewhouse was established on Beresford Road, in Lilydale’s Cavehill Industrial Estate. Since that time, Hargreaves Hill has consolidated packaging and brewing facilities in the new brewhouse in Lilydale, and has begun national distribution of Pale Ale and Hefeweizen across Australia. The next journey is to widen the availability of specialist brews, including ESB and Stout.