The past year has seen a boom in new breweries on the Sunshine Coast, QLD.
Alongside the longstanding Sunshine Coast Brewery, the new start-ups have been Your Mates Brewing Co, Moffat Beach Brewing Co, and 10 Toes Brewery. Within at least one more, Brouhaha, due to open in a few months.
There are also advanced plans for at least another three new breweries in the region.
Sunshine Coast Brewery
Operating since 1998, the Sunshine Coast Brewery has until now been the only brewery in the region that has operated for more than a short period.
Situated deep in the Kunda Park industrial estate on Endeavour Drive the large yellow branded building houses the brewhouse and a tasting bar, open most days for lunch, served from the small kitchen.
On tap is the full range of beers plus a couple of new or seasonal beers. Particular favourites are the Summer Ale and the Rye ESB. The Ginger Kegs provides local flavour using Buderim Ginger to produce a zesty refreshing brew.
Behind the bar, although not visible, is the brewery itself. Although tours are not generally available, a look around may be on offer as part of an event held in the upstairs function room
Your Mates Brewing Co.
The owners, Matt Hepburn and Christen McGarry are planning on building their own brewery in an industrial estate at Moffat Beach near Caloundra, to expand the range of beers they can offer.
Their beers are currently available at Drift Bar in Caloundra and include their light and refreshing Session Ale, brewed especially for the warm Sunshine Coast weather.
Moffat Beach Brewing Co
Recently opened at the Blackwater Trading Co café in Moffat Beach is Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
The 300 litre brewhouse is highly visible in the small café with owner and brewer, Matt Wilson, starting to produce a range of English style ales currently only available at the café.
Recent beers have included an ESB, a Pale Ale, and a Summer Ale and are matched to the café’s food menu which is highly regarded locally.
The café also has a perfect view across the beach to the ocean. Certainly one of the best views on the Coast.
10 Toes Brewery
Opened in the last weeks, the newest Coast brewery is 10 Toes Brewery.
Located in an industrial unit at Alexandra Heads, on Sugar Road, Rupert Hall has (almost) single handed built his brewery with a range of old and new equipment.
The first beers have started appearing from the 500 litre brewhouse with the first two being Pale Ales. Rupert is currently furiously brewing a wider range that will be available soon.
The brewery has a sizable tasting room which is currently open on Friday, and Saturday evenings with a mobile wood fired pizza van providing the food option.
The next brewery to open will be Brouhaha Brewery in the hinterland town of Maleny.
The brewhouse equipment is currently heading to the site and should be installed next week with a planned opening in April.
Set up by a couple of locals, who have employed a brewer with international experience, they will be producing a range of ales that will be available in the café co-located in the premises.
The café has a sizable indoor area together with an outside deck with wide ranging views of the hinterland. This will surely be one of the key destination beer places in the region.
So when you are planning your next trip to the Sunshine Coast, you’ll have more to occupy your time than the beach. And if you haven’t been, then these new breweries should give you the perfect excuse to visit.