Hem­ing­way’s gets hop­ping

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Shane Ni­chols

AS a Kiwi, Hem­ing­way’s Brew­ery head brewer Jared Ste­wart is a mad keen rugby player, but that doesn’t get a look in lately.

Mr Ste­wart is flat chat, along with brew­ery man­ager, Dean Scadding, get­ting the am­bi­tious niche brew­ery at the Reef Ma­rina up on its feet for a mid-June open­ing.

Mr Ste­wart’s depart­ment is noth­ing less than the pro­mo­tion of a col­lab­o­ra­tive craft beer cul­ture within the com­mu­nity of Port Dou­glas.

He has been ap­pointed to man­age all stages of de­vel­op­ment and pro­duc­tion of a sig­na­ture range of craft beers, each lov­ingly cre­ated on­site from pure in­gre­di­ents at the brew­ery.

The main task since he was ap­pointed to the piv­otal role in March has been to re­fine recipes for six core beers to be served on tap.

Mr Ste­wart is draw­ing on ex­ten­sive brew­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from Moa in New Zealand and up­bring­ing on a win­ery to in­tro­duce the com­mu­nity to the un­told plea­sures of drink­ing craft beer. “While de­mand for craft beer has con­tin­ued to grow and di­ver­sify in many coun­tries over the past few years, the mar­ket is still in its in­fancy in Aus­tralia, so I am thrilled to take on this op­por­tu­nity to en­gage both lo­cals and vis­i­tors and share the beauty of what we are cre­at­ing at Hem­ing­way’s Brew­ery,” Mr Ste­wart said.

“Work­ing with our state-ofthe-art mi­cro­brew­ery, I plan to let the cre­ativ­ity flow as freely as the am­ber liq­uid it­self as we take on this mis­sion to per­fect a range of be­spoke craft brews that Port Dou­glas can be proud to call their own.”

Mr Ste­wart said Hem­ing­way’s craft beers were made with just four key in­gre­di­ents – along­side yeast, the finest and fresh­est hops, base malts and the clear waters of Moss­man Gorge – and were un­fil­tered, un­pas­teurised and preser­va­tive-free.

“Com­pared to com­mer­cially man­u­fac­tured brands, craft beers have a re­fresh­ing com­plex­ity of flavours and pro­vide a health­ier, fresher al­ter­na­tive.”

In line with the brew­ery’s phi­los­o­phy to es­tab­lish it­self as an in­trin­sic part of Port Dou­glas’ iden­tity, Mr Ste­wart planned to en­gage with cus­tomers to gauge their pref­er­ences, as well as in­cor­po­rate lo­cal pro­duce dur­ing the brew­ing process.

“The mi­cro­brew­ery was de­vel­oped from the ethos of tak­ing the com­mu­nity with us on a jour­ney.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Jared Ste­wart, head brewer at Hem­ing­way’s in Port Dou­glas

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