Rare craft beer on the menu
JOSH Dredge has brought a little bit of Morocco, Estonia, Venezuela, and a long list of other exotic locations to Yeppoon, in the form of craft beer.
The Megalomania bar manager travelled to different countries to sample their speciality beverages in order to build the restaurant’s bar menu with imported ales from all over the country and the globe.
Adelaide’s Galactopus (pictured right), one of Australia’s rarest and most sought-after beers, is the most exclusive.
For true connoisseurs, Josh said the Galactopus is hugely malty, though despite it’s 10.1% alcohol content, it’s relatively easy to drink with strong, complex flavours of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit and fruit notes, with a balanced bitterness.
“Only four cartons of Galactopus came to Queensland - and all of them are at Megalomania,” he said yesterday.
Josh has worked in hospitality since he was 16 years old and said he’d worked with some great bartenders and learnt the ropes on how to make a killer cocktail, while developing a strong interest in the craft beer culture.
“We’ve also got our own mid strength fruity beer made especially for Megalomania, from a brewery in Baffle Creek, so we work pretty closely with them,” Josh said.
With the craft beer industry buzzing in the big cities, the 23-year-old was excited about bringing those unique flavours to the Capricorn Coast.
“I just love trying new and different things and giving people a new experience when they come out for dinner,” he said.
“It’s been a real area of growth for us.
“There weren’t any options on the menu at all (for craft beer) a couple of years ago, and on a busy day it makes up 10% of our total sales.
“It’s definitely important for us a restaurant to have something that no one else has.”
CRAFTY: Yeppoon’s Megalomania bar manager Josh Dredge with part of the range of craft beers they now stock which have become quite popular.