Brewing a royal success: making beer that’s fit for the Danish prince

Phillip O'Neill, who now lives in Køge, Denmark, taking time off brewing for the Danish royal family, visiting his family in Orange. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH 0913MSbeer1

Phillip O'Neill, who now lives in Køge, Denmark, taking time off brewing for the Danish royal family, visiting his family in Orange. Photo: MAX STAINKAMPH 0913MSbeer1

It sounds like a fairytale – a boy from a small town in regional Australia brewing beer for Danish royalty. 

But it’s life for born and bred Orange man Phillip O’Neill.

Mr O’Neill works for Bryghuset Braunstein, a small craft brewer which supplies beer, spririts and everything in between, to the Danish Crown Prince Frederik.

Prince Frederik also orders Mr O’Neill’s beer into castles and historical sites, giving Braunstein sways in Denmark’s brewing industry despite having seven staff. 

Mr O’Neill is one of the two brewers at the company, and said his resume was picked out from an online beer brewing jobs site.

“After a few years of travelling, we lived in Orange for a few years, then lived in Bathurst which was where I started brewing for Mick Hoban, working as a brewer for the first time,” he says.

While he’d “always” brewed beer at home, he loved making a career out of it, and when he and wife Laura decided they wanted to move to Europe, continuing to brew beer was the logical choice. 

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