THE BEER FROM ROUND HERE

by JOSH DONOHOE

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours

Yes, I’m talking about beer. Well, breweries actually. And, more specifically, if the size of the brewery makes any difference to the beer.

With the big boys in beer dominating the headlines of late, with the recent sale of Stone & Wood to Lion, and local news that Joe’s Waterhole in Eumundi has been sold to Gage Roads, I really wanted to shine a light on some of the smaller breweries operating here on the Sunshine Coast.

Locally, we have seen continued growth and success with several breweries opening, or about to open, a second production facility to allow them to keep up with the growing demand for their beer. Moffat Beach Brewing Co scaled up from its tiny beachside origins to its much larger facility at Caloundra, and both Brouhaha Brewery and Your Mates Brewing have bigger floorplans and venues in the works. 

But what about the little guys? These are the smaller operations that are often run by the husband and wife teams, or a passionate brewer who brews, manages the social media, balances the books and also serves up your beer. We have some amazing smaller venues on the Sunshine Coast that have become lively local meeting places and have just as much character, heart and soul as any old Queensland pub.

Brewing 200 or 2000 litres takes roughly the same amount of time and effort, with the obvious difference being the final output being significantly less. Smaller breweries, however, have the flexibility of regularly making different styles of beer, some that are a little more experimental, feature seasonal ingredients or are made purely for the love of a certain beer style. It doesn’t need to sell commercially into bottle shops, it just needs to be embraced by its locals.

So here are my tips if you want to taste some great beers from some of our smaller breweries. 

For the perfect country drive, you should make the trip to Cooran and visit Noosa Hinterland Brewing Co. Situated in an old sawmill, this rustic venue has been embraced by locals mainly due to the friendly welcome from owners John and Cara, but also for the amazing beers John is producing in his tiny brewery.

Just down the road in Cooroy, Copperhead Brewery has been producing a quality range of beers for more than five years from the small brewery inside its restaurant. You can regularly see the brewer Davy hard at work in the middle of a brew while you sit just a few metres away enjoying lunch.

If you haven’t found this little hidden gem already, then make a point of heading to Nambour to visit Morts Brewing and you will more than likely be served by owner-brewer Jamie. The smallest brewery on the coast is located in a cool little venue hidden down a back lane and is producing some very good beers in a very small space.

Size doesn’t matter, good beer matters!

Support local business, drink local beer.