Life & Style Weekend - - BUSINESS - WORDS: LAYNE WHITBURN .......................

Get­ting through a sum­mer with­out a cold beer would be like hav­ing a Christ­mas with­out prawns – dis­ap­point­ing, a bit flavour­less and sim­ply un-Aus­tralian. Don’t be de­prived this beer sea­son, here’s a six-pack of Sun­shine Coast brew­eries to check out be­cause it’s 5 o’clock some­where.

Eu­mundi Brew­ery

If you have fond mem­o­ries of the 80s sit­ting on the clas­sic Im­pe­rial Ho­tel bal­cony sink­ing a few Eu­mundi Lagers, you’ll be thrilled to know what’s old is new again at the Eu­mundi Brew­ery. The brew­ers of Eu­mundi part­nered with Lion in late 2016/early 2017, to re­build a brew­ery on-site at the 106-year-old ho­tel and re­vive the much-loved beer. Of­fi­cially crack­ing open its door in Au­gust this year, the Eu­mundi Brew­ery of­fers taste test­ing tours where you’ll learn about the beer mak­ing process and the his­tory of brew­ing in the re­gion, ex­plore the his­toric ho­tel and the main event - en­joy a “tast­ing log” of the new Eu­mundi Brew­ery Lager, Eu­mundi Brew­ery Pale Ale and other sea­sonal beers. The tour costs $20pp or $18 for pen­sion­ers/stu­dents and pa­trons must be 18 years or over. 1 Etheridge St, Eu­mundi.

Stal­wart Brew­ing Com­pany

Beer brings out some of the best told sto­ries at the pub on a Fri­day night, it also makes many mem­o­rable tales to share the fol­low­ing week­end. But have you ever con­sid­ered the story be­hind a beer? Ev­ery sip of a Stal­wart Brew­ing Com­pany beer is like a new chap­ter to a his­tor­i­cal non-fic­tion novel, some dat­ing back to the 1500s. Adam Tom­lin­son of Stal­wart Brew­ing Com­pany re­leased his first brew over Easter this year, an Amer­i­can style pale ale called The Sa­cred Chief. Brewed in honour of Adam’s an­ces­tor who was a na­tive Navajo Amer­i­can In­dian, The Sa­cred Chief ’s story delves into the mi­grat­ing jour­ney to Aus­tralia in the late 1800s dur­ing the time of the Gympie Gold rush. Then there is The Dream­time War­rior, Adam’s great-grand­mother. She was a Kabi Kabi Abo­rig­i­nal from the Sun­shine Coast who was stolen from her fam­ily and raised by a Bris­bane fam­ily in the early 1900s. The next Stal­wart brew will be re­leased in the new year and Adam can re­veal this one dates back to me­dieval times in an English cas­tle. There are many ex­cit­ing things brew­ing for Stal­wart next year, with Adam’s dream of open­ing his own brew­ery on the Sun­shine Coast by the end of 2018. In the mean­time, you can try his bou­tique brews at ex­clu­sive bars around the Coast in­clud­ing the Har­bour Wine Bar at Te­wantin, Two Point Oh res­tau­rant in the Kon-Tiki Build­ing at Ma­roochy­dore and more to come. Fol­low the Stal­wart jour­ney on Facebook and In­sta­gram @stal­wart­brewingaus­tralia or visit stal­wart­brew­ing.com.au.

Mof­fat Beach Brew­ing Co.

Surf is to beer like wine is to cheese – a match made in taste-bud heaven. Matt and Sharynne Wil­son love craft beer so much, they de­cided to turn their sea­side res­tau­rant into a brew­ery and in 2015, Mof­fat Beach Brew­ing Co was born. Di­rectly op­po­site the beach, locals love to drop in af­ter a ses­sion in the surf to en­joy a cold craft beer paired with fresh, lo­cal pro­duce while lis­ten­ing to live mu­sic played be­tween the tanks. It’s an at­mos­phere worth check­ing out. 12 Seav­iew Tce, Mof­fat Beach.

Your Mates Brew­ing Co.

Round up your mates for an af­ter­noon in the base­ment of Your Mates Brew­ing Co. Since launch­ing in the sum­mer of 2015, Your Mates Brew­ing Co has sold more than 30,000 litres of beer. It all started with two mates, Matt and Chris­ten, who de­cided one night af­ter way too many home brews it would be a great idea to quit their pro­fes­sional jobs and build a brew­ery. So they did. They soon dis­cov­ered if you’re not a multi-mil­lion­aire with a load of in­vestors, the dream of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional beer-guy is go­ing to bend you over back­wards and pro­duce plenty blood, sweat and tears. Turns out their love of beer was so strong, they made it hap­pen. It’s a suc­cess story worth cel­e­brat­ing with a few beers, so drop into their of­fice and have a drink with them. 35 Cur­rie St, Nam­bour.

Cop­per­head Res­tau­rant Brew­ery

You won’t be smelling whisky burnin' down this Cop­per­head Rd, just 100 per cent pure, un­fil­tered beers along with fresh, qual­ity food at pub prices. As a small batch, be­spoke brew­ery with an ever chang­ing sta­ble of beers, Cop­per­head Res­tau­rant Brew­ery is help­ing put brew pubs on the map. They aim to have seven ses­sion­able beers on tap, with the ad­di­tion of “EBs” (ex­per­i­men­tal batches) to change with the sea­sons. (Please note EBs are for the craft beer en­thu­si­asts). They don’t whole­sale their beers to any­one so you won’t be able to taste these brews any­where else. 52 Kauri St, Cooroy.

Brouhaha Brew­ery

Craft beer isn’t just a thirst-quencher, it’s a work of art. And the beer heads be­hind Brouhaha Brew­ery are pas­sion­ate about ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity about the world of in­de­pen­dent brew­ing and the art that is craft beer. This bou­tique brew­ery pushes the bound­aries, twist­ing taste-buds and ex­pec­ta­tions of what you think you know about craft beer. Us­ing the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents in the brew­ery and in the kitchen, ac­com­pany your brew with some fresh, lo­cally sourced food while tak­ing in the crisp hin­ter­land air. The team be­hind this brew pub lives, breathes and drinks beer, from the head brew­ers to chefs (who use the beer in their cook­ing) to the bar staff. If you’re se­ri­ous about craft beer, you’ll be in good com­pany here. 6/39 Co­ral St, Maleny.


Brouhaha Brew­ery.


Matt Wil­son from the Mof­fat Beach Brew­ing Co.


Mof­fat Beach Brew­ing Co.


Adam Tom­lin­son of Stal­wart Brew­ing Com­pany.

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