The Sunshine Coast in sunny Queensland is starting to become a hive of new craft beer brewery start-ups.
The latest new start-up is Your Mates Brewing Co who are based in Moffat Beach, close to Caloundra.
Owners Matt Hepburn and Christen McGarry have realised their dream of letting go of their respective 9 to 5s in construction and teaching and have moved into the craft beer making business.Their ethos is that Your Mates isn’t just about craft beer. It’s about good friends enjoying good beer. They want to not just brew beer but “brew good times” and combine their love of music, gigs, events and parties to create a real local community of like-minded beer drinkers.
This not only fits in perfectly with the local relaxed lifestyle, but adds to the current vibrancy of the craft beer scene in the region.
Currently contract brewing, Your Mates have released their first beer, Session Ale (4.5%) which is available at the Drift Bar in Caloundra and a few other local outlets. The beer is an easy drinking pale ale with hints of mango supported by a subtle fruity hop aroma with a nice bitterness that stays on the palate.
Taking it easy, the guys plan to do one beer at a time and do it well. Their focus is on quality, not quantity. And based on a few tastings of their first beer, they are certainly on the right track.
In the near future at least three more new breweries will be open on the Sunshine Coast. What better excuse to plan that winter sun vacation in this wonderful part of the world.