scout asked Matt and Joslyn of Hop On Brewery Tours for their expert opinions on the best beers here on the Gold Coast and from greater Brisbane and here’s what they recommend…
GOLD COAST BEERS Black Hops Pale Ale:
This light and fruity pale ale is easy drinking, so much so that it’s overtaken Balter XPA as our go-to fridge beer.
Black Hops Eggnog Stout:
A completely unique beer that tastes like Christmas. Nutmeg, cinnamon, brandy and vanilla - yum!
Burleigh Brewing Black Giraffe:
A seasonal release, coffee-infused lager using beans from Zaraffa’s Coffee.
A light-bodied, easy-drinking brown ale.
Beard & Brau Black Snout Milk Stout:
A dark, full-bodied stout brewed with lactose, giving it a creaminess and sweetness.
Currumbin Valley Look Out!:
A gypsy-brewed Double IPA that’s so full of flavour and punch, it’s dangerously easy to drink.
BRISBANE BEERS 4 Hearts Brewing Red IPA:
A sweet malty backbone with a balance of bitterness and a gorgeous red colour.
Their Barbary Coast Black IPA is a seasonal winter release with dark roast malts and punchy hops, while the 3 Bolt Pale Ale is another easydrinking pale ale that’s often found in our fridge.
Ballistic Beer Pilot Light:
A mid-strength but full-flavoured beer that can get you through the afternoon.
The Mosaic IPA is one of Matt’s favourite beers – single hopped with Mosaic, this beer sings. The Honky Stonk Woman is another favourite.
Newstead Brewing Co:
Two to the Valley IPA is resinous and full-bodied, this has become one of Joslyn’s all time favourite IPAS.