What is Running With Thieves?

mix tapes. skate ditches. bomb hills. jump fences. surf waves. shoot piers. break dance. do burnouts. build jumps. jib logs. throw eggs. drive thru. play music. paint walls. write letters. climb trees. drink beer. light fireworks. make love. stay humble. stay loose. stay true. have fun. run with us.

Running With Thieves are producers of premium quality goods for people with questionable lifestyles. We are an independent, counter-culture, employee owned business. The owners of the business run the business. The majority of everything we do is produced in- house and where possible, sourced locally. It’s an environment to try new things, with creative people passionate about their craft. We create and produce what we like, not what’s on trend… premium without pretension.

The How, What and Why of Running With Thieves

A misspent youth between Brooklyn Whelan, Scott Douglas and Pablo Frenkel led to the creation of Running with Thieves. As kids of the eighties and nineties and a friendship of over 20 years, it was always inevitable a disproportionate amount of beer drinking would lead to a brewery. 

Running with Thieves is an environment to try new things with creative people passionate about their craft. We create and produce what we like, not what’s on trend. There’s no set plan, it generally resembles Voltron, but more often Voltron without the legs. On a plane back from Tokyo after a night of sake……a lot of sake, Brooklyn pencilled the words “Running with Thieves” and an idea for an apparel company. On landing in Sydney the first call was to Pablo, and with Pabs on board, Thieves very quickly became a real thing. Having built and run a successful brewery in Margaret River Western Australia, Scott was looking to  do it again and based on history, it was inevitable Thieves would move into beer.

Thieves built a brewery and distillery and like a half-built Death Star started producing beer. The Covid pandemic hit, the world went into lockdown and the bar and restaurant got put on hold. But like all good stories, there has to be a happy ending and closer to summer of 2020, the world started looking normal again and the restaurant and bar were finished….kind of.

There is still a bit to do and we will keep evolving but at least we can have you over for a drink now. So like Yogi Bear with a stolen picnic, the good guys always win…. except Aliens 3, nobody wins in Aliens 3.

Always remember, a successful enterprise is only as good as the sum of its parts, as Head Brewer & Distiller, Paul Gasmier is responsible for brewing and distilling our evolving range of beer and spirits including Gin, Vodka, Whiskey and Rum, and a range of packaged pre-mixed cocktails landing soon.

Thanks and that’s it…..no more to see here…..for now anyway. 

Acknowledgement of Country: Running with Thieves acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future traditional custodians and elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.