QUENCH THAT THIRST
IF YOU’RE A BEER-LOVER BREWING UP SUMMER HOLIDAY ADVENTURES, THESE ARE YOUR TASTE
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.
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.
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.
Matt Wilson from the Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
Adam Tomlinson of Stalwart Brewing Company.