In an interesting collaboration, big brewers Lion are working with the independently owned Imperial Hotel in Eumundi to bring back brewing to the small Sunshine Coast hinterland town. This will see the resurrection of the Eumundi Brewing brand.
A small 12Hl three vessel DME Brewhouse is being installed in the same place that once housed the Eumundi Lager brewery at the back of the hotel. This will be complemented by two 12Hl fermenters and four double batch size 24Hl fermenters. As well as the very smart addition of a canning machine. Initially beers will only be available on site, with the potential for wider distribution.
The installation of the new brewery, and initial brewing, is being overseen by Lion’s Brewmaster Dr Chuck Hahn who oversees the production of Lions other craft brands including the James Squire and Kosciuszko ranges.
He said “We’re excited to be partnering the Imperial Hotel and building a new brewery that will rekindle Eumundi in the place where the beer was first crafted in 1988. We’re planning to have the brewery up and running in the New Year to offer a great range of flavoursome craft beers to locals and visitors to the area.”
The full range of beers is still in development but will certainly see the return of Eumundi Lager, but this time with a much more flavoursome hop aroma and taste using local hops. Also in planning is a Ginger Beer using locally grown ginger.
The Imperial Hotel has undergone extensive renovations over the past two years including the addition of a beer garden and two music venues.
“Local” is going to be a key theme for the venue and brewery. The Imperial Hotel’s resurgence is bringing life back into the town and they are certainly supporting the area with local artists being invited to create, and display their works around the venue, and regular spots for local musicians.
The addition of a local craft brewery “always was the plan and just made perfect sense” said Michael Arnett, one of the joint owners. “It’s exciting to be able to partner with Lion to bring back a truly local beer in Eumundi and we’re really looking forward to sharing an authentic brewing experience with our visitors in the future.”
The new beers will start to flow in the New Year with work to build the brewery already started.