By Melissa Sheil
DESPITE its doors only opening for the first time less than a year ago, a family-owned Henley Brook eatery and brewery is leading the pack in industry recognition.
Bailey Brewing Co has been listed as a finalist for 11 categories in the 2021 Australian Hotel Association Hospitality Awards for Excellence, a feat which owners – brothers Steve and Dan Bailey and their dad Geoff – are quite proud of.
“We only opened on November 4 last year, so it’s not a bad turnout for a couple of sparkies who didn’t know anything about hospitality before starting up,” Steve said.
“We hoped we’d do well because we put a lot of thought and effort into everything, but it’s still good to see.
“We really just wanted to create a place that we’d like to hang out at, a nice big venue with good beers, no queues and a great atmosphere and are glad everyone else seems to like it as much as we do.”
Bailey Brewing Co are up for awards in the responsible service of alcohol, draught beer quality, the lion beer Australia bar, presentation and service, outdoor area, boutique brewery, new venue, social media activity, casual pub dining, cookery services employee, front office and administration employee, and venue manager categories.
“We’re really lucky to have great staff here, so we hope our guys can take it out in the individual employee awards categories – the best new venue award is the one I’m hoping for personally though,” Steve said.
“It’s been a rollercoaster of a year and we’re keen to celebrate our anniversary next week, hopefully accompanied by an award win or two.”
Other local venues narrowed down as finalists include funk 2.0 by funk cider, Henley Brook (seven nominations), funk cider, Caversham (three), Black Swan Winery, Henley Brook (three), The Brook Bar and Bistro, Ellenbrook (four), Boab Tavern, High Wycombe (four) and Parkerville Tavern (two).
Winners will be announced on November 8.