A father-of-two is returning to work after spending three years in prison for selling beer he brewed himself at home.
Matthew Deane, from Adelaide, was sentenced to four months in jail and a fine after being found guilty of a charge of importing beer into the state in September last year.
The 26-year-old had been selling beer from a home in Wodonga for more than three years.
But after being jailed, he realised he could make beer for his two children from scratch and then sell it.
He began working as a brewer at his home in March 2018.
“I just wanted to have a little fun,” he told news.com.au.
“It’s not my real job but I thought I’d try to keep doing it.”
He said he was “doing it for the kids”.
He said while his “real job” was selling beer, he was also “getting away with it”.
“I didn’t realise how much money I was making from it,” he said.
“The kids had been drinking from it for a long time and they were getting sick of it.”
Matthew Dean, who had been in jail for two years, was convicted of importing food and drink into WA for his children and was sentenced in the WA Supreme Court in July last year to four-and-a-half months in prison and a $1,000 fine.
He was released on parole in January 2018.
Matthew is one of several WA breweries to have faced the same fate.
His other children, two boys aged six and four, are not in prison, but the two young girls are.
Matthew said he sold the beer “for a couple of hundred bucks” at a home-brewery “a couple of kilometres away”.
“There was a little girl at home and a couple on the phone, so I went down there and I brewed up some beer for them and I just sold it for them.”
Matthew said the beers he sold were made with local ingredients and tasted “good”.
He added he sold about 20 litres of beer a month for his home-based business, which sells locally-grown food.
He also had his own small business selling beer at a few local restaurants and clubs.
“At first I thought, ‘What are they going to think?
I’ve done the best I can.” “
But I’ve grown to like the job.
I’ve done the best I can.”
He also worked as a gardener and has now become a successful home brewer.
He has a job in the hospitality industry, working in restaurants and cafes, and plans to start his own brewery in 2019.
“We’re really proud of what we’ve done,” he added.
“When I got the beer, I was really surprised by how much fun it was.
I’m a very happy guy.”
He has received a lot of support from other brewers and brewers across the state.
He said the “surprise factor” in the community was the “huge support”.
“It has been fantastic,” he continued.
“Everyone’s been really supportive.
I love it, I love the community and I love what I do.”
The WA Government said the case highlighted the importance of “responsible and responsible beer”.
In the case of Matthew, the ABC reported he has since repaid his debt to the ABC and “is currently working towards a return to work.” “
ADSA encourages responsible and responsible brewers to be vigilant in ensuring their brewing processes comply with industry standards and have a low risk of contamination.”
In the case of Matthew, the ABC reported he has since repaid his debt to the ABC and “is currently working towards a return to work.”
“Matthew is not a risk to himself or anyone else in the home, and the ADSA will assist him in resolving any issues with the process,” the spokesperson said.
He added: “There is a limit on how much you can make and the system can be abused and abused, and that’s what we’re all worried about.” ABC News