Who are we?

The five founders came together over a beer.

We all share a passion for good fresh local beer. We saw a need for enjoying beer from a Melbourne brewery which we and others could cooperatively own and operate.

Our role is to establish the 888 Cooperative. That’s a big job in its own right: this is new territory.

We believe this is the first time a brewing cooperative has been established in Australia since the early 1900s.

So we’re looking for support. Would you like to be part of 888.coop?

The founders are an eclectic mix of people possesing a breadth of professional experiences all now focused on bringing 888 Cooperative Brewing – its community and social efforts – to life.


Chip is the leading champion of 888.coop.

He’s been out front all the while with the 888 flag spurring on the team.

Not surprising: Chip’s interest in cooperatives stems from his work in social justice and by being a strong trade unionist.

Driven by a love of well-crafted beer, Chip is passionate about the opportunity to create a community-focused, cooperatively run Melbourne brewery which is a worker owned and controlled enterprise.

He has experience in project management, grassroots activism and has worked for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, The Timor Sea Justice Campaign, Uniting Care and others.

Chip’s communications career has spanned more than 20 years, benefiting from his time as a former Australian Army officer.

Renata makes the business of beer simple.

With a smile that always reminds the team to enjoy the journey, she’s nonetheless our cornerstone – having ‘been there and done that’ when it comes to craft brewing.

She was co-founder of Temple Brewery in Melbourne.

Bottom line: Renata brings the gritty, hard-knocks experience and knowledge that’s crucial for getting a successful brewery up and running.

Renata also loves beer.

Importantly she understands the beer market and how it’s changing – helped by her background in advertising and establishing successful private enterprises.

She first became familiar with cooperatives living in Italy and looks forward to making 888.coop Australia’s first modern cooperative craft brewery in Melbourne Australia.

Murali is 888.coop founder’s team motivator and cheerleader.

He is a passionate public innovator and social entrepreneur. He loves fresh, local beer and looks forward to building 888.coop as a Melbourne brewery.

He’s worked for over a decade in government, State and Federal, in private practice and in the not-for-profit sector.

Murali is the founder of the human-centred design business, thestilldynamic. His consultancy helps organisations craft the next iterations of their organisation and how it will best operate.

In this quest, he is driven by the power of cooperation, collaboration and innovation in open source and peer-to-peer systems.

Murali is a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria specialising in tax and Victoria’s human rights charter.

Antony has been the founder team’s social conscience and compass.

He champions a brewery with a social conscience: for an innovative, enterprising cooperative that embodies the principles of human dignity, community development and solidarity for the common good.

His support for 888.coop is driven by his interests in the solidarity economy, social cooperatives and strengthening civil society. It’s also driven by his love of beer and this unique opportunity to entrepreneurially establish a Melbourne brewery along cooperative lines.

Antony has served as a managing director of a community services agency focussed on serving people, families and communities suffering work-related harm. He is a past President of a community legal centre specialising in social security. These days he is a cooperative entrepreneur and freelancing policy wonk.

Antony holds qualifications in community services and business from Swinburne University of Technology. He can be found @antonymcmullen


David (aka Parky) is a public relations professional who provides marketing communications/PR support to the team.

More relevant: he spent 16 years working in marketing communications and corporate affairs for both of Australia’s major brewers based in Brisbane then Melbourne.

He believes he has written more about same-same mainstream lagers than anyone in the country, which is why he is now such a vocal champion of local, fresh craft beer, notably via his blog beerlines.

He is still surprised to be working in such a united team to establish a Melbourne brewery along cooperative lines.

Parky’s day job is as a corporate public relations consultant with a global PR firm.

He writes a lot …

David holds a first class Honours degree and a Masters from the LSE.

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