How It Began
Back in 2010 our founder, Dan Pappas was inspired to create a brand that he was genuinely passionate about; something that inspired him to live to work. A former race car driver, and not one to just live life by the book, Dan sat down with a piece of paper and wrote down three things that was to define his work and lifestyle – surfing, travel and good times.
The answer was simple – coffee.
It’s only a crazy dream until you do it. As a lifelong lover of coffee, Dan said F*&K It (threw caution to the wind) and purchased a coffee roaster.
In a time when every roaster was playing by the same rulebook Dan’s philosophy was different. Keep it simple – buy really great product (green bean) and don’t do the wrong thing to it, and you’re always going to land up with a decent product in the end. That was the theory.
“I just wanted to make good coffee I wanted to drink every morning”
Fonzie Abbott was born.
As the years passed, the roastery paved the way for the brewery, which paved the way for the distillery, turning our humble little headquarters into a one-stop libation shop.
The only Roastery, Brewery & Distillery in the world under roof.
Whether you need a Monday morning eye-opener or a Friday arvo sedative, our team is ready to serve hot coffee, cold beer and good chat seven days a week.
Dan’s hands-on approach to sourcing coffee has allowed him to travel to many weird and wonderful places (and some great stories) in search of interesting beans. Staying true to those three words Dan wrote down, he discovered early in the piece that good waves and good beans were often found very close to each other.
The introduction of our ‘Farm to Palm’ initiative allowed Fonzie to forge relationships with some incredible coffee farmers and get straight to the source of our rotating single origin coffee’s and seasonal blends (not to mention catch a few cheeky waves on the side).
The correlation between spirits, beer and good times is pretty self-explanatory. We set out to create a line of drinks that were accessible, sessionable and delicious. We were never in it for the accolades, but it’s always nice to hear the appreciation. Our Wishbone Spirit range has collected Gold Medals for both the gin & vodka while the beers have won more awards than we can count. All our beverages are brewed and distilled on site at our Fox Street headquarters, a fact that delights our staff and regulars alike.
Long lunches with the farmers, becoming acquainted with the local bar and restaurant scene in some remote corner of the world, or a few sneaky days in Bali on the way to Sumatra, there is no shortage of good times here at Fonzie Abbott. We are the ones your parents warned you about – crazy enough to make roastery, brewery and distillery work.
Our dynamic team is passionate about curating and serving quality products, and putting in the hard work to ensure this is possible. FA is a lifestyle beverage company that is constantly evolving and innovating, and we thank our loyal customers for this unerring support. With our help, you’ll never be thirsty again.