Your Gold Coast brewery checklist

The craft beer scene has exploded on the Coast in the last few years and as such, local breweries have been popping up all over the place. 

There's plenty of variety when it comes to beers though, it all depends what tickles your fancy, We've made the choice easier by listing the top eight breweries in honour of International Beer Day! 

Burleigh Brewing Co
Balance, character and soul, the Burleigh Brewing Co ethos says it all. They've won plenty of gold medals at the World Beer Championships (which sounds like the most fun night of all time) plus as your weekend go-to for food trucks, live music and sweet events, it's clear to see why Burleigh Brewing Co are at the top of the list on the Coast. 
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Black Hops Brewing
It's all about three guys perfecting the art of craft beer and sharing all their secrets along the way. Black Hops quickly became a local favourite and have recently released one of the best Pale Ale's on the market. Head in to grab some takeaways or perch at the bar for a chat, it's all good. Check out our interview with the Black Hops boys here.
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads

Balter Brewing Company
Who knew a beer tin could look so good? The name Balter means the sense of enjoyment you get from doing something you love, whether you’re good at it or not...perfect. Balter HQ is a brewery with an open door policy. You can tour the facility, taste the beers and enjoy special events, great music and food vans. You might even catch a glimpse of Mick and Joel if you're lucky. 
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin

Fortitude Brewing Company
Brewed onsite in the Gold Coast hinterland, Fortitude Brewing is one of Australia's most well-known breweries and home to Australia's first beer sommelier Ian Watson. The team certainly have the art of beer making down pat with over 15 beers on their roster! Make a day of a visit to the mountain and while you're there enjoy beer, tasting paddles and a spot of lunch. 
Where: 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights 

Aardvark & Arrow Brewery
A microbrewery on the Coast set to change the way you think about small batch brewing.  Aardvark & Arrow supply chemical and preservative free beer and cider in a relaxing atmosphere that will leave you wanting to return sooner rather than later. There's plenty of variety so head down and visit Guy and the team for something a boutique beer experience with a difference. 
Where: 13 John Duncan Ct, Varsity Lakes

Pickled Pig Brewery
Technically this one's in NSW but it's definitely worth a mention. The family owned and operated, independent brewery offers premium handcrafted beer, chemical and preservative free at a great price (they even let you fill your own bottles)! Make sure you try their famous alcoholic ginger beer, it's way too good. Brewery tours and tastings also available.
Where: 1/2 Industry Dr, Tweed Heads South

Laughing Lizard Brewery
The crew at Laughing Lizard made over 150 different beers, all of which boast no chemicals and no preservatives (which equals no hangover right!?) and they've even got a gluten free option. The brewery itself is a three for one deal including the micro brewery, a home brew and spirit shop and the all-important party keg hire!
Where: 27 Sinclair St, Arundel

Gold Coast Brewery
If it's range you're after, look no further, the Gold Coast Brewery has a huge range of beers on offer including premium options, heavy duty types, ciders and ginger beers. 
Where: 6/4 Indy Court, Nerang

Happy sipping! 

By Amy Merridan