Wayward Brewing Company, located in a quiet lane between Sydney’s Annandale and Camperdown, is ready for the return of its loyal patrons. After managing to survive the past 18 months, Wayward’s founder Peter Philip says it’s been challenging as a small business owner to figure out which way to move and what to expect.
“We didn’t know whether everyone would go out of business or if people were going to stop drinking beer,” Peter says. To add to the pressure, when COVID-19 hit Australia in March 2020, Wayward Brewing had just committed to significant expansion plans. Peter recalls again not knowing whether the businesses needed to stop spending money or slow down.
“But we continued our operations. I think the first Sydney lockdown was a novelty for many. People were having beers during Zoom meetings and making the most of it. Although our pub sales went to zero, we saw a big uptick in package sales,” he says.