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Discover the thriving craft beer scene on the Sunshine Coast

31 Jul 2018

Craft beer is ALL the rage right now and the Sunshine Coast is TOTALLY dominating the scene!

Now considered amongst the best in Australia, the Coast’s craft breweries, found in both obscure and picturesque locations along the coast and in the hinterland, have become tourist attractions in their own right.

What makes a brewery visit so attractive? Well apart from the obvious – dah, you get to drink beer! - you also get to taste delicious seasonal brews and brand new concoctions from the region’s most innovative bevvie producers!

Brewers are passionate about their trade and love sharing stories about the trials and tribulations of setting up a brewery and the sweat and tears that go into every brew.

The Sunshine Coast now has 12 innovators who brew on site including these award-winning, local beer-geniuses:

Moffat Beach Brewing Co

Winners of Champion Small Independent Brewer of Australia award and the Champion Session Beer award for their Social Jam Mid Strength Pale, at the annual Australian Brewers Conference 2018 in Sydney, Moffat Beach Brewing Co sits on the beach-front esplanade at local fave, Moffat Beach. Their brewery is in full public view so you can sit back, sip on one of their best handcrafted beers, take in the warm sea breeze, and watch the masters at work.

Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
Moffat Beach Brewing Co. 

Brouhaha Brewery

Receiving two gold medals at the Australian Brewers Conference 2018 for their Apricot Sour wheat beer and their Strawberry Rhubarb Sour wheat beer, Maleny locals, Brouhaha, are renowned for showcasing the flavours of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in the making of their beer. They even use locally brewed coffee in their unique coffee stout. Swoon!

Brouhaha Brewery
Brouhaha Brewery 

Sunshine Brewery

With beers inspired by occasions and pastimes loved and adored by Sunshine Coast locals, like Noosa Ruby Sunset Ale, Island Sunrise Pale Ale, Sunshine Jaffa Stout, Migaloo White Ale, and award-winning Blue Sky IPA Red Ale, you know the team at Sunshine Brewery have the tastes of the coast nailed! A visit to this awesome micro-brewery on Fisherman’s Road in Maroochydore is a must-do.

Sunshine Brewery
Sunshine Brewery via @sunshinebreweryqld

Your Mates Brewing Co

Our mates at Your Mates Brewing Co also at Moffat Beach in Caloundra, have created a good ‘ol fashioned beer company to reflect the social experience of enjoying a cold bevvie with mates. Now the largest local beer wholesalers on the Sunshine Coast, the guys invite anyone in their neck of the woods to drop in and share a yarn and a beer with them on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday arvo.

Your Mates Brewing Co
Your Mates Brewing Co 

MacLeod Brewing Co

With new silver and bronze awards under their belt, MacLeod’s Brewing Co continue to produce some of the coast’s best brews, including their impressive Maleny Mountain Lager and Coffee Milk Stout, at their family-owned brewery in Maleny. Include their factory tour on your Sunshine Coast Hinterland food trail adventure and enjoy a chin-wag with head brewer, and Maleny Mountain Wines owner, Ryan MacLeod.

MacLeod Brewing Co
MacLeod Brewing Co via @macleod_brewing_company

Eumundi Brewery

The Imperial Hotel's impressive beer garden is a favourite with locals and tourists alike. Thanks to a partnership with Lion, Eumundi Lager have built a state-of-the art brewery on-site and have revived the much loved beer brand. Yep, you even can indulge in a ‘tasting log’ with Brewery Tasting Tours also on offer.

Eumundi Brewing Co
Eumundi Brewing Co

Other breweries you should add to your Sunshine Coast brewery adventure include:

 

Don’t drink and drive - take a guided beer tour!

Get on-board with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours and take a half-day or full-day brewery tour in one of their comfy air-conditioned buses, ideally packed with an expert beer tour guide, beer samples … and ice cold bottled water! With flexible pick up points across the coast and a range of coastal and hinterland brewery tours, you’ll find the perfect tour for your crew.

Taps Mooloolaba is a unique ‘Pour Your Own Beer’ bar and restaurant – truly a self-service craft beer revolution! As well as a selection of over 16 different brews that change weekly, they also have a mouth-watering menu of homemade burgers and bar snacks for those feeling a little peckish after a brew or two.

Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours
Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours

What? A festival for beer?

Two monster festivals in fact! Every December craft beer enthusiasts indulge their taste buds in over 200 varieties of rare and award-winning Australian and international beers and ciders at the Sunshine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival in Kawana. And Noosa Heads transforms into a beer lover’s heaven every July with over 80 craft beers and ciders from over 20 local, national and international brewers to sip, sample and taste at the annual Noosa Craft Beer Festival.

Craft beer festival
Craft beer festival

Create your own Beer, Wine or Cider Trail

The Sunshine Coast is a foodie’s haven with over 400 food and beverage experiences. Create your own adventure based on the region you’d like to explore and your interests – breweries, wineries, dining, cooking schools, farmer’s markets and more! Use our Food Trail interactive tool to build your journey around the Sunshine Coast.

Create your own trail
Create your own trail

 


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