BLACK HOPS BREWERY
Matt Farrelly and Joslyn Erickson believe strongly in the power of beer. So much so that they launched their own brewery tour business, Hop On Brewery Tours, to spread the good word about the world of craft beer – and it’s been a liquid-gold success. With half- and full-day tours operating in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, the couple take groups behind the scenes of some of the coolest breweries to meet the brewers, taste the beers and see the full brewing process in action. A favourite for birthday parties and corporate events as well as tourists and locals keen to explore the craft beer scene, the business has grown considerably since opening almost two years ago. Now, they offer several tours of varying lengths and focuses – from the ‘Coldie on the Goldie’ full-day tour to the ‘Quickie on the Coast’ fourhour tour, and even tours venturing into the Tamborine region. Their main message: there really is a beer for everyone. If you think otherwise, you just haven’t found it yet. “If you only associate beer with the bigger, more commercial breweries, it’s likely that you haven’t been exposed to a beer that you really love… yet,” says Matt.