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Gold Coast BreweriesSample some of the local beers
The Gold Coast Hinterland is such a scenic and relaxing place that sometimes you just need to sit down with a beer to take it all in. You may not realise it but you’re in the perfect location to do just that at some of the most beautiful boutique breweries that are loaded with great beer and character.
Many of the Gold Coast breweries have been winning both Australian and international awards for their beers and if you visit them you’ll see why; Queenslanders love beer! To these local brewers what they do is not just a job, it’s their lifestyle. Drop in for a tasting and hear them talk with passion about the brewing process, what beers go with which dishes and what their favourite brews are. If you decide to jump on the bandwagon there are some breweries that even allow you to brew your own beer too.
Balter Brewing Company
Founded by some Aussie pro surfing legends, a few mates and an award winning brew-master, Balter Brewing Company was established in 2016 and have been a popular choice for beer drinkers ever since. Their philosophy is "good beer is for everyone", and their range certainly embodies this ethos. Don't take our word for it though, just read their Trip Advisor reviews.
Sample their pale ale, brown ale, pilsners and IPA, grab a bite to eat and take in the great atmosphere at Balter HQ.
Address: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Starting as a simple idea over a beer between 3 mates, Black Hops has exploded onto the market with its signature brews with their products stocked in over 1000 venues and bottle shops around the country. VIsit their brewery or taprooms in either Burleigh Heads or Biggera Waters, grab a tasting paddle and enjoy!
Black Hops HQ (original brewery and taproom)
Address: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads
Opening Hours: 12-7pm Wed to Fri, 12-6pm Sat & Sun (Food trucks every weekend)
Black Hops II (taproom)
Address: 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters
Opening Hours: 12-7pm Wed to Sat, 12-6pm Sun (Food trucks every Fri, Sat & Sun)
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Every Friday evening they’re open for wind down drinks where you can either bring your own food or munch on the free popcorn unless it's the first Friday of the Month - this is when Burleigh Brewing Co have their Brew House Bash with live music and an awesome German BBQ! Come along one night and mellow out to one of the local musicians and of course, some great beer.
If you’re more interested in what goes into the beer come in on the first Saturday of every month for a brewery tour. The brewmaster will take you on the beer’s journey, through all the ingredients, equipment and fermentation. Then hang around for some taste testing afterwards of course!
Address: 17A Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads
Phone: 07 5593 6000
Lost Palms Brewing Co.
Enjoy local craft beer made in the heart of Miami. Just a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Nobbys, and around the corner from Miami Marketta. Sample the brews and enjoy a bite to eat from their delicious menu featuring burgers and scrumptious side dishes.
Address: 11 Oak Ave, Miami
Mt Tamborine Brewery
The MT Brewery is really fond of beer, real beer! They pride themselves on using the best ingredients, traditional brewing methods and proper maturation times while staying far away from pasteurization, additives and over filtration. The results are some tasty beers that have won a number of awards.
But don’t take our word for it, come in and see for yourself. Enjoy a tasting and see how real beer is made before you order from the bar menu and spend the afternoon in their open air beer garden with stunning views of Mt Tamborine and live entertainment every weekend.
Address: 165-185 Long Rd, Eagle Heights
Phone: 07 5545 2032
Tamborine Mountain Distillery
With well over 200 awards for their liqueurs, schnapps, vodkas and whatever else they can ferment, the Tamborine Mountain Distillery is worth a visit. Set in a beautiful, English cottage style building in the lush greenery of Mt Tamborine amid their own fruit plantations it’s easy to see how a distiller could be inspired to do great things. The tasting doors are open Monday through Saturday so drop in and taste a range of sweet spirits and liqueurs made right here on the Gold Coast.
Address: 87-91 Beacon Road, North Tamborine
Phone: 07 5545 3452
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As one of Queensland's fastest growing wine regions, the Gold Coast hinterland is making its mark. With a range of wineries located at Mount Tamborine, Mount Nathan, Canungra, Scenic Rim and Lamington, you can fill a couple of days visiting them all. Go on a day trip to the major wineries so you can enjoy a few tasty drops and some delicious food and views at the cellar doors whilst being driven around in air-conditioned comfort.Learn More
U Brew It
If you’re keen to brew your own beer but aren’t ready to fork out on a whole home brew kit then drop into U Brew It. You can use their microbreweries and “brew on premises” following tried and tested recipes with friendly staff on hand to help you out. In a relaxed setting amongst spacious, organic gardens and hosting monthly meetings for the 500 strong Brewer’s Club, U Brew It is a place you could easily call a second home.
Address: Unit 4/6 Indy Court, Carrara
Phone: 07 5527 2408
- Check out our guide to Gold Coast wineries
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