As they say, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” or in this case “when life gives you a surplus of beer, you make Moonshine”!

When COVID-19 hit Australian shores, the highly-awarded Cape Byron Distillery saw an opportunity to create some ‘sustainable’ magic with local craft brewing legends Stone & Wood.

The result? 

‘Pacific Moonshine’ – a clear and unusual spirit that was artfully distilled from kegs of Stone & Wood Pacific Ale.

Umm, yummm!

Tropical and salty like your first post-surf sip, Pacific Moonshine is the lovechild spirit born of the pandemic.

Bursting with flavours of tropical fruits such as fresh pineapple, lychee, passionfruit and mango, along with hints of malt on the nose.


The taste is citrusy and dry with a medium to long finish. But best not to get too attached, with only 3,000 units available, this is one strictly limited-edition sipper!

The Pacific Ale component is a sessionable summer ale, bottled at 4.4% ABV, featuring Australian barley, wheat and the signature ‘Galaxy’ hops grown in Tasmania, with characteristics of passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas.

This is what they have long called ‘Byron Bay in a bottle’.

A product created from a community collaboration during some challenging times will raise funds that will be directed back into the community.

Cape Byron Distillery will be donating $6 from every bottle sold to the inGrained Foundation, a not-for-profit also based in the Northern Rivers that supports grassroots environmental and social charities.

So, what do you do with this ‘beer spirit’, we hear you ask? Try mixing it with soda or some refreshing pineapple juice served in a tropical tiki style glass, think Mai Tai or a Daiquiri!

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