In case you’ve been living under a rock—craft beer is all the rage right now. And the Sunshine Coast, not one one to be left too far behind (hey, there’s a limit), is totally dominating.
Local beerpreneurs have jumped at the chance to shine a light on their booze of choice, and boutique-style breweries have been popping up across the region.
It’s an exciting time. Because, while we don’t know about you, we’d much rather be sipping on a local, hand-crafted beer made with love and passion; over an average-tasting, mass-produced brew owned by some random-rich dude who’s taking all our hard-earned beer-money.
Feel the same? We’ve compiled a list of 14 of the best Sunshine Coast breweries you really need to check out.
Land & Sea Brewery
From the moment you step inside, the ultra-modern brewery you can tell everything has been done with the utmost care. Nothing has been rushed or careless crammed in at the last minute. The best places always have clear intent and a strong vision, and Land & Sea Brewery clearly has both. Everything from the lighting fixtures, colour palate, seating, tables, cutlery and glassware has been curated seemingly after hours of thoughtful selection and consideration. And it just works. It works wonders, in fact. The feel is industrial, yet still warm. Grey concrete abounds the main structure with its sky-high ceilings transporting you to a Brooklyn loft of sorts. The layout is simple and uncomplicated, and perfect for free-flowing entertainment and events. Simple is key at Land & Sea. Nothing is overly fussed or complex, creating a vibe of instant relaxation putting even the most tense of us immediately into a more relaxed vibe upon entry. Large bi-fold doors create an open space allowing maximum lighting to flow through the venue. Their menu is concise with foodie offerings that perfectly match their liquids, all of which you can order at the bar. We recommend the chips—which are cooked three times before being served with salt and malt vinegar. Mmmm.
If you haven’t heard of Brouhaha Brewery yet, then there’s something wrong with you. Taking the Sunshine Coast Hinterland by storm, these guys are fulfilling all our boutique brewery dreams with great beer (of course), excellent coffee, and incredible food. Their industrial-style interior will leave you with #interiorenvy and the lush hills of Maleny will make you want to set up camp on the sprawling deck permanently. Pouring from their sleek wall taps is an impressive line-up of brews and the best way to sample all 10 brews is to order the Tasting Card for a little over 30 bucks. If getting through 10 schooners of beer isn’t going to be possible, this is the next best thing.
Your fave Pomona brewery—and one of the first to open on the Coast ahead of the growing trend—is up and running at a new Noosa Hinterland location. Yep, Bonsai Brewhouse is back, baby! After closing its doors unexpectedly in January and moving out of the old, ramshackle space we’d all come to know and love, we’re so freakin’ pumped that owners Cass and Matt decided to continue with their dream, albeit somewhere else. And after hanging out at the new Bonsai this weekend, we can personally vouch that it retains the same ol’ rustic charm. Taking over a space in Cooran, about a 10-minute drive from Pomona, the new Bonsai Brewhouse is spacious and kitted out with plenty of tables, a huge bar and most importantly, loads of in-house beer. With floorboards, old windows that open onto bush and an enclosed veranda lined with bonsai, we’re pretty confident you and your drinking buddies are going to love it.
10 Toes Brewery
When 10 Toes Brewery opened, they had two goals: Build brewery. Make beer. They’ve more than succeeded in both. With a focus on creating a beautiful space to craft some great local beer, they’ve stolen our hearts and our beer-lovin’ tastebuds with their open-plan tasting room. They’re also promising us a great feed on the weekend evenings from some local food trucks and catering companies—so be sure to follow them on Facebook to see what’s in-store.
Heads Of Noosa Brewery
Independent, family-owned and all-Australian, Heads of Noosa is inspired by the nearby rocky headlands of Noosa Heads. One of the best breweries on the Sunshine Coast, their beers embody the flavours, sights, sounds and colours of Noosa, and are brewed, filtered, kegged and bottled on site. The brewery itself is impressive, with massive fermenting tanks taking centre stage. And because no beer session is complete without food, the brewery houses a kitchen, serving up delicious eats, like Japanese peppers, beer battered zucchini flowers with herby tofu stuffing, chicken wings with miso maple sauce and pork buns. Made from locally-sourced, fresh ingredients these dishes are designed to be washed down with a thirst-quenching lager and that’s one request that will be easy to fulfil.
Boiling Pot Brewing Co.
Shaded, elevated courtyard—tick. Cool, urban interior—tick. Local beers that taste even better with a slice of housemade pizza—tick. There’s a lot to love about Noosa brewery, Boiling Pot Brewing Co. One of the newest breweries on the Sunshine Coast, this new watering hole pours a frothy range of refreshing brews from their refurbished warehouse location in the Noosa industrial area. On the taps, you’ll find eight thirst-quenching beers, ranging from mid-strength pale ales, IPAs and Saisons to black lagers and Rye XPAs. There’s also a local cider and ginger beer for those that prefer something less beery. With a kitchen on-site and a local produce-heavy menu that spans pizzas, shared dishes and platters, chances are you’ll drop in for a beer and stay for dinner…and who could blame you?
Your Mates Brewing Co.
Your Mates Brewhouse is an award-winning Sunshine Coast brewery created by locals, for locals. Positioned conveniently inside a massive venue on Technology Drive in Warana’s industrial precinct, Your Mates Brewhouse fits right in with an urban industrial fit-out and exterior. Think: cement floors, high bar tables and stools, ambient downlighting and exposed timber panelling, mixed with just the right amount of corrugated iron detailing and a dash of greenery (as all good beer gardens should have). There’s also an epic poolroom and a playground for the kids, so both the young and young-at-heart will be entertained. The relaxed fit-out, understated décor and abundance of seating room makes it the ultimate destination for everything from parties to post-work drinks and family dinners. Plus, their beers are next-level.
Tucked inside the iconic Imperial Hotel is where you’ll cross paths with Eumundi Brewery, and old favourite that was brought back to life thanks to a partnership with Lion in 2016. While you can obviously enjoy Eumundi Brewery beers at an ever-growing number of local restaurants and bars, The Imperial Hotel and Eumundi Brewery is the only place you can taste the beers tapped direct from the brewery tanks—and that is a good enough reason to visit. With brewery tours available on Wednesdays and Saturdays, we suggest spending the morning at Eumundi Markets before ducking across the road for some brews and delicious chews. It won’t be the last time you visit.
Sprouting in the rural landscape of North Arm (in between Yandina and Eumundi), Terella Brewing is the new sustainable farm-style brewery you need to know about. Rolling up its warehouse doors in late 2019, this Sunshine Coast brewery utilises high-tech innovation to make some of the best craft beer you’ll ever taste. Using a totally sustainable business model, which sees the brewery integrated with a Vertical Farm system that creates its own fresh water to use in the beer, Terella Brewing is a must-visit. Fitting out a section of a mammoth onyx-coloured warehouse (the rest is being utilised for the brewery itself and the Vertical Farm system), the taproom has an industrial fit-out with a rustic vibe and features plenty of seating—both in and outside—and a bar that is home to 15 taps pouring Terella’s crisp lager, signature mango XPA, honey nut brown ale and a unique blackberry wheat beer.
Glass House Brewery
Imagine a brewery with all the class of a winery, the menu of a 5-star Italian restaurant, the décor of a rustic log cabin and the ambience of a jazz bar. Sounds too good to be true right? Wrong. Say hello to The Glass House Brewery. Situated in Forest Glen, this joint is the passion project of friends Simon Michelangeli and Paul Sanders, that saw them turn a shed into an ambient brewery with large wooden beams and pallets that run the length of the building, a huge dining hall, beer garden and function room. Come here with an empty stomach, because along with lip-smacking house-brewed beers, there’s also multiple menus that you’re going to want to pick from. We suggest starting small, and pair your brew with the likes of Glass House wings, fable “mushroom meat” arancini and veal tonnato with caper berries and rocket.
Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
Touted as Australia’s only beachfront brewery, Moffat Beach Brewing Co. is the perfect place to chillax, sip on a schooner and enjoy some panoramic ocean views. These guys specialise in handcrafted ales, which are freshly brewed out of the already well-known Black Water Trading Co. (who also serve some mighty good grub). And once you’re done appreciating their clean, crisp, refreshing brew, you can go on and appreciate the great names they go by—such as the Deadbeat Boyfriend Cream Ale and the Iggy Hop IPA. They also rock some amazing live performances on Friday nights and Sunday arvos, so we expect to see you bunch there this weekend.
Sunshine Coast Brewery
The Sunshine Coast Brewery is one of the old boys. Around since 1998, it originally started as a ginger beer producer. No lie! After a change of ownership, this family run business now focuses on perfecting their large range of craft beers; drawing on international influence, and spreading their passion for a boutique beverage over a mainstream tipple. Their range of award-winning beers includes a popular mid-strength summer ale; and they also have a few unique brews such as a chilli beer (with a bit of bite!) and a Rauch Bier—made with smoked grains and smelling like a smoked winter’s roast. So many choices, so little time.
Summer ale, pale ale, IPA, stout, sparkling ale, saison—Sunshine Brewery in Maroochydore does it all. A newbie to the Sunshine Coast brewery having opened its doors in early 2017, these self-labelled salty sea dogs are ready to pour you a beer, Wednesday through to Sunday from 10am to 7pm. Time it right—AKA keep an eye on their Facebook page—and you can line up your visit to coincide with a food truck appearance, because we all know how well cheap eats go down with a couple of frothy ones.
Copperhead Restaurant & Brewery
You’d be forgiven if you thought were in some kind of chalet the moment you step inside Copperhead Restaurant And Brewery. This purpose-built building is ridiculously stunning with loads of timber, high ceilings, gorgeous chandeliers and a whole lot of room to gather your fave people for a chinwag over some high-end pub food and housemade beer. Choose between loads of quaffable ales, perfect for a chilled arvo session, as well as a few more experimental options for hardcore beer enthusiasts to get all snobby over. The menu is giving us some serious love, too; it’s focused on great produce and shared feasts with mates. And if you’re up for a real experience, make sure you book ahead for the Brewer’s Table—where you and your foodie friends put yourself in the hands of the chef and you’ll be served a tasting menu of the best local produce, matched with craft beers.
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