It all started back in the mid '80's when Matt was a teenager, with a television show called "The Beer Hunter" by Michael Jackson. The show was the inspiration for Matt's love of all things beer. It set him on a path of elightenment, education and travel. Matt would spend his days homebrewing and dreaming of travelling through such exotic locatioons as Brugge, Boulder, Bavaria, Britain and anywhere else M.J. happened to have been on his TV show. It was not until 1998 that it all became a reality. With backpack on, these beers came alive; their history, social importance and appreciation of the craft by its loving populace. And then, sadly, Matt was back in the land of bland. Hmmm. VB or Carlton? Where was the love? There was only one answer; take homebrewing to the next level. So Matt went to study brewing at Ballarat Uni. At this time, Matt also discovered his other passion; his wife Andrea. They then set about planning a brewery. No easy task and very expensive. So while saving their pennies & keeping an eye out for investors Matt & Andrea couldn’t just sit back and watch their friends drink “fast-food” beer. They had to rock the boat. With no brewery of their own, they took the recipe that had been perfected in the garage to a contract brewery. The result was the Alpha Queen, followed shortly after by Hoppbier and Aotearoa Smash. These beers were now no longer just enjoyed by friends and family, but by judges at international beer awards where they picked up numerous medals. Contract brewing was a great first step into the world of commercial brewing, but it has it’s limitations and made Matt & Andrea more determined to have their own brewery. After a few years Matt & Andrea were in a position to build their own brewery. Late in 2012 they took over a property, purchased equipment from around the world and set about getting it all up and running. Now in 2013, Boatrocker has a home in Melbourne’s South East. This will become the creative hub of Boatrocker where years of inspiration will become reality.