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 14 innovators who brew on site including these award-winning, local beer-geniuses:
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.
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!
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.
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.
Glass house Brewery fuses local brews with friendly dining options. With a strong focus on lagers, Glass House Brewery has a 3.5 per cent mid-strength Australian pale lager, a Czech-style black lager, a red IPA, and a Pacific-style lager which have been brewed locally.
A firm favourite with locals, Land and Sea serves up a range of ale, IPA and lager, along with well-priced meals such as burgers, BBQ spare ribs and a delicious looking ‘local plate’ antipasto.
Copperhead is a small batch bespoke brewery, with a regular seven sessionable beers on tap, with the addition of ever-changing experimental batches for the craft beer aficionado. Enjoy a burger at the bar with your cold beer or sit down to an a la carte meal with full restaurant service.
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.
Heads of Noosa opened its doors in early 2019 and is an independent, family-owned brewery. The beers here are inspired by the nearby rocky headlands of Noosa Heads and include a Japanese style which is great for the coast climate, and an Amber lager called Summer Dusk.
Terella Brewing is the new sustainable farm-style brewery you need to know about. Tucked away in a rural corner of North Arm, the brewery is integrated with a Vertical Farm system, growing green produce within indoor growing booths under UV lights. Fresh water is created as a by-product of this process, which Terella Brewing then uses as a water supply to produce their beer. When brewing the beer, the fermentation process creates Co2, which is captured and re-injected back into the vertical farm to help grow the green produce. It is a fully enclosed sustainable cycle. Incredible, huh? The seasonal beers on tap aren’t bad either.
Making additional use of their space, Teralla has installed a petting farm with a mixture of farm animals ranging from goats, pigs, chickens, sheep, ducks and even miniature horses.
Other breweries you should add to your Sunshine Coast brewery adventure include:
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.