THE BEER FROM ROUND HERE
by JOSH DONOHOE
Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours
Once again, the Sunshine Coast craft beer industry has continued to kick goals on a national level. In January each year the beer fans of Australia get to vote for their favourite beers in the GABS Hottest 100 beer countdown, and this year’s results saw us finish with nine beers in the top 100 results. Pretty impressive result from our local breweries!
The chants of ‘Larry, Larry, Larry’ are still ringing loudly in my ears after this year Your Mates Brewing did the unthinkable and scored a podium finish for Larry, which finished in third place. This end of town is usually reserved for some serious players in the beer industry like Stone & Wood, Balter, Little Creatures and Bentspoke (who finished in first place this year). This is an almighty achievement and shows the huge following they have built through not only their beers but also their brewpub and legendary support to so many parts of the community. They managed to score four of their beers into the 100 with Sally at 44, Macca at 62 and Eddie at 83.
The crew from Heads of Noosa also charged up the ladder into 21st place with their hugely popular Japanese Lager, and making the top 100 for the first time was Blackflag Brewing with their juicy pale ale Rage that shot in at number 34.
The other local breweries to feature included 10 Toes’ Pipeline at number 56, the Strawberry Rhubarb Sour from Brouhaha at 71 and a sneaky Alcoholic Ginger Beer from Eumundi in at 93.
These awards put a huge spotlight on the beer industry, and right now the rest of the country is looking at the Sunshine Coast wanting to get their hands on our beer. If you didn’t get to vote in this year’s competition, there is still time to vote with your wallet by getting out there and supporting your local breweries. The hospitality industry needs our support right now!
If you aren’t sure where to start on your beer journey of the Sunshine Coast, I recommend you check out the Craft Beer Trail which has been designed with the support from the team at Visit Sunshine Coast. You can pick up a printed version from local breweries or explore the interactive trail map online, which also includes suggested itineraries plus links to all the local breweries and upcoming events. Visit visitsunshinecoast.com/craftbeercapital.
As always, remember to support local business and drink local beer!