Rare craft beer on the menu

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - Amy Hay­dock Amy.Hay­dock@cap­news.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: CHRIS ISON ROK130117CBEER1

CRAFTY: Yep­poon’s Me­ga­lo­ma­nia bar man­ager Josh Dredge with part of the range of craft beers they now stock which have be­come quite pop­u­lar.

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