Once an endless land of XXXX, Queensland has gone through a craft beer revolution in the past 18 months, with new craft beer breweries and bars opening almost weekly.
The latest new brewing company to hit the scene is Coolum Beach Brewing Co, based on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.
Started by Mark Lawson, who also runs the Fluid Craft Beer Collective, he said that “After years working with a range of national and international breweries, I thought that the time was right for me to bring my vision of great beers to this part of the world”.
The first beer, which has just been launched, is Summer Steam Ale which comes in at an ABV of 4.5%. It’s an American Common Ale, or Steam beer.
This relatively rare style of beer, brewed with lager yeast at ale temperatures, is a perfect drink for the area. It’s pours as a pale gold, clear and sharp beer with a tight white head. Full of fruit flavours, it quenches the thirst from the first mouthful to the last, and ends with a satisfyingly dry finish.
And it is going down really well with the locals in Sunshine Beach, where it is available on tap at Duke’s Deli. This is the first of several outlets on the Sunshine Coast that will be stocking the beer in the next few months.
Mark is currently brewing the beer under contract at Beard & Brau Farmhouse Brewery in the Gold Coast Hinterland, whilst the plans for his own local brewery are finalised.
The next planned beer is a Kolsch, continuing with the light, easy drinking beer theme that suits the Queensland weather and lifestyle.
And if plans come to fruition, Coolum Beach Brewing, and the Sunshine Coast Brewery, won’t be the only breweries on the Sunshine Coast. At least four more are in the advanced stage of development.