A NEW micro brewery is coming to the Highlands.
Eden Brewery will open in Mittagong in early 2016 and owners Jacob and Deb Newman have lofty aspirations.
The couple is hoping to make an impact on a region that has a reputation for its wine-making ability.
Jacob said Eden Brewery wanted to offer an alternative to wine.
"As far as we know, there is no brewery currently operating in the Southern Highlands," he said.
"I think beer can be as diverse as wine, if not more diverse.
"We will [also] look to connect our beer with local restaurants."
Jacob said there was often a stigma attached to beer.
"We make craft beer, which can be seen as a classier drink," he said.
"There is character, taste and a story behind the beer we make."
It has been an intriguing journey to the Highlands for Jacob and Deb Newman.
The couple hail from different countries and met while working in Papua New Guinea.
Jacob was born and raised in Texas, US, while Deb is a Sydney girl.
Jacob and Deb were both doing aid work in Queensland a couple of years ago when they were sent to Papua New Guinea for a six-week stint.
After moving out of that field of work, the couple was looking for a new opportunity in 2015.
Jacob had always been interested in beer, a passion that began when he made home brew as a teenager.
With Deb's support, the idea for Eden Brewery started to come into fruition.
Last November, the Newmans signed a lease to rent a shop in Mittagong to establish the brewery.
Jacob and Deb have been busy undertaking renovations and hope to open Eden Brewery in March.
Jacob said Mittagong was chosen because it was an ideal location for the brewery.
"We love the countryside and we wanted to get out of the city," he said.
"It's beautiful down here, we love it."
Jacob said Eden Brewery would be influenced by the Highlands.
"We aim to use local produce as much as possible," he said.
"The people here seem to love getting behind local business."
Eden Brewery will have seven beers on tap initially.
There will be other products available for purchase, such as soap and candle made from beer ingredients.
Highlanders will be able to purchase a "grower container", which is similar to a thermos.
"It will last a week and will be fresh beer for people to take home," Jacob said.
"It will be better for the environment and better for the beer."
Jacob said future plans included to make sour-flavoured beers and cider in the future.
He said Highlanders would be able to watch him brew beer at the business.
"We will have an open set up so people can see the process," he said.
"Brew time can take anywhere between one-and-a-half weeks to two years."
Jacob said Eden Brewery aimed to be environmentally friendly.
"We will 100 per cent use green energy right from the start," he said.
Jacob said the business also aimed to raise funds for a worthy cause.
"Because we both come from the aid workers background, a percentage of our money will go into well and water quality across the globe," he said.
"You can help the world while having a beer."
For more information, search for eden_brewery on Instagram or look for Eden Brewery on Facebook