Founded back in 2014 and launched in February 2015, the company's real roots actually extend much earlier. Mazen Hajjar, our founder, started the Middle East’s first craft brewery back in July 2006 during the war between Israel and Hizbollah. By the time he left, his old company was exporting beer to 26 different countries including Australia. It was after one of his trips to Australia hawking beers in a Sydney suburb that the decision to start a brewery in Australia was made. The Hawkers name is inspired by the street vendors that roamed Australia from the early days of the colony. Many early immigrants were hawkers as they needed little capital or skill to push a cart and earn a living. Their activities were critical for the health of many regional economies and they helped spread the colony further.
When we started brewing in February 2015, we were just 4 people. It’s been a wild and crazy ride to get where we are today, and we have seen astounding growth—in both our number and in our learning. Dozens of skilled and passionate people working together, day in and day out, make Hawkers the exceptional brewery that it is. We are lucky to have an all-star crew of talented and team-oriented co-workers who have come together to grow this company into a very special community. At the end of the day, it is our invaluable fans who believe in what we are doing as a company who inspire and motivate us to keep moving forward.
If you are looking for a conventional brewing company, you can stop right here! On the other hand, if you are the type of person that wants more out of life, you don’t settle for cheap or easy shortcuts and simply thinks that life is too short to compromise, then you may have found some friends. There is no wrong or right way to brew beer. There is the passionate artisanal way, and the industrial way. Hawkers chose the artisanal approach. Our ingredients are of the highest quality, and are never artificial or chemical. Our brewing techniques were inspired by great traditions, and experimental methods and we use the best equipment. Our team is intelligent, motivated, dedicated, eccentric, and sometimes, just plain crazy! We believe in brewing the absolute best beer we possibly can, spreading it to the 95% who still don’t drink craft beer, and having fun while doing it, because life’s too short to drink bad beer.