It makes per­fect sense that the Sun­shine Coast was go­ing to boom with a craft beer rev­o­lu­tion. Af­ter tick­ing off a good dose of sun, surf and sand, a re­fresh­ing ale is up there as one of the best things in life. The Coast has had more than its fair share of craft brew­ery open­ings over the last few years – a per­fect lo­ca­tion, then, to hold next month’s Craft Beer and Cider Fes­ti­val, with brew­ers com­ing from around Australia and New Zealand to par­tic­i­pate, and more than 60 cu­rated craft brews on offer. Event di­rec­tor Tanya Taber said it was all about tast­ing peo­ple’s ideas through their craft. “Our fes­ti­val is a true cel­e­bra­tion of craft beer and cider’s cre­ativ­ity and di­ver­sity,” she said. “Craft beer is all about find­ing brews that have some­thing dif­fer­ent about them.” What bet­ter way to kick off sum­mer! Here’s a round-up of just some of the ales avail­able to try:

Mof­fat Beach Brew­ing Co

Rich in en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ethos, Mof­fat Beach Brew­ing Co uses lo­cally sourced pro­duce wher­ever pos­si­ble. www.mof­fat­

Eu­mundi Brew­ery

Re­visit the orig­i­nal home of craft beer on the Sun­shine Coast. They’ll have their Pale Ale with a dry spicy bit­ter fin­ish and Re­fresh­ing Lager with citrus tones on offer.­pe­ri­al­hoteleu­ eu­mundi-brew­ery

Stal­wart Brew­ing

Brewed to hon­our founder Adam Tom­lin­son’s an­ces­tors, Stal­wart will be fea­tur­ing their golden ale Dream­time War­rior (4.7 per cent) from his Aboriginal an­ces­try and the Amer­i­can pale ale Sa­cred Chief (4.9 per cent) from his Navaho In­dian Amer­i­can an­ces­try. www.stal­wart­brew­

Land and Sea Brew­ery

Opened in Jan­uary this year, Land and Sea is a Noosa brew­ery pas­sion­ate about us­ing lo­cal sun­shine in­gre­di­ents sourced as sus­tain­ably as pos­si­ble. Land and Sea will be fea­tur­ing their Kolsch beer, Race Log­ger, NZ IPA and Sai­son at the fes­ti­val. www.lan­dand­seabrew­

Your Mates Brew­ing

Yep, we love our mates and now you can too. Choose from Your Mate Lager pale ale (5 per cent), Don­nie dark ale (4.5 per cent) or the ever-pop­u­lar Larry pale ale (4.7 per cent). www.your­

Sun­shine Brew­ery

Born in 2015, Sun­shine Brew­ery is good fresh beer made with love and in­gre­di­ents trace­able straight back to the grow­ers. Sun­shine Brew­ery will be fea­tur­ing their Blue Sky IPA (5.9 per cent), the Deb­bie Harry Blonde Ale (4.2 per cent), Pa­cific Pils pil­sner (4.8 per cent) and Pale Ale In­dia se­ries (5.4 per cent). www.sun­shine­brew­

Bud­erim Ginger

En­joy a brew on the ginger side in­clud­ing Ginger Beer and Vodka (4.5 per cent), Ginger Beer and Spiced Rum (4.5 per cent) and Bud­erim Ginger Brew (4.5 per cent). www.bud­er­imgin­

Brouhaha Brew­ery

Brouhaha Brew­ery was founded by lo­cals for lo­cals, with a mis­sion to share the love and art of craft beer with the com­mu­nity. Try the Maleny Lager (4.6 per cent), Milk Stout (4.7 per cent), NZ Pale Ale (4.5 per cent), Rasp­berry Sai­son (5.9 per cent), Strawberry and Rhubarb Sour (4.2 per cent). www.brouha­habrew­

Sun­shine Coast Cider

If you’re not that into beer, you’re go­ing to love the ciders on offer. Sun­shine Coast Cider pro­duce ap­ple cider the old-fash­ioned way, from ap­ples grown on the Gran­ite Belt, picked when ripe and juiced then and there. Try their Dry Sun­shine Cider (6 per cent), Dry Bot­tle Fer­mented (7.7 per cent), Cloudy Perry (4.6 per cent), Brut and Cider Meth­ode Tra­di­tionelle (8.5 per cent) and a Dry and Still (7.5 per cent). www.sun­shinecoast­

Wil­lie Smiths Cider

Tas­ma­nia’s finest – check out Wil­lie Smiths Or­ganic Ap­ple Cider (5.4 per cent) from the Tas­ma­nian ex­perts who know ap­ple cider as well as any­one. www.willie­ Beer and cider still not your thing? There will also be heaps of live en­ter­tain­ment on the day, in­clud­ing blues and roots in­fused Dan Horne and gui­tarist, vo­cal­ist and song­writer Brad Schultz. The Sun­shine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Fes­ti­val will be held De­cem­ber 1, at Sun­shine Coast Sta­dium, Boka­rina, 1pm-9pm. For more visit: craft­beer­sun­

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