The craft beer scene has exploded on the Gold Coast of late and, hooray, local breweries have been popping up all over the place. Not to mention Friday August 7th is International Beer Day, so that’s the perfect way to ring in the weekend.
In honour of that and epic local brews, here are the top ten breweries you should make a date with RIGHT NOW.
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) and we can confirm they know what’s up when it comes to creating exceptional brews. At the moment, the team are just doing takeaways to help support the local venues pouring their beers, but never fear, there are many across the Coast doing that you can pop into. It’s clear to see why Burleigh Brewing Co. are extremely loved by locals and visitors alike.
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. Their spacious northern venue opened a little while ago so they could brew even more delicious goods, there are food trucks up there on weekends AND you can take a tour of the brewery. So fun.
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters
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. There’s an outdoor area complete with umbrellas and fairy lights and it’s pretty much all our favourite things in one spot. We’re big fans of Captain Sensible, can’t relate but man is it tasty.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Fortitude Brewing Company
Brewed onsite in the Gold Coast hinterland, Fortitude Brewing is one of Australia’s most-loved breweries and home to our 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 your visit to the mountain and enjoy a tasting paddle or two with a spot of lunch. You’ll love them so much you’ll want to take a few home with you too. Get a free beer here.
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 the team for a boutique beer experience with a difference.
Where: 13 John Duncan Court, 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 Drive, Tweed Heads South
Lost Palms Brewing
The Miami good time venue with the explosive pink paint job is probably about to become your new favourite place thanks to the boys at Lost Palms. They’ve got a sweet outdoor area to pull up a seat complete with a basketball hoop and rotating food trucks to fill your belly. Their beers are quite unique, think beetroot flavoured and a sour that’ll knock your socks off. Plus it’s simply oozing with good vibes all of the time. If you’re a fan of seltzer (which we know isn’t beer), these guys do a peach version that’s the best around.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami
The Lucky Squire
The newest of the bunch is part of a group of venues you’ve no doubt heard of. It’s the James Squire family and The Lucky Squire is our very own Gold Coast version. Having only opened a few months ago, the newbie can be found at The Oracle and it’s two stories of microbrewery goodness. There are two bars pouring an array of sips including the entire James Squire range and if you’re after a feed, there’s tasty dishes like wood-fired steaks and double cheeseburgers that should do the trick. Head down for an arvo session.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach
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! Let the good times roll.
Where: 27 Sinclair Street, 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. All of the very best things to get you through the rest of the year. Which, let’s face it, is probably going to call for alot of beer.
Where: 6/4 Indy Court, Nerang
Keep an eye out for Surfers Paradise’ frothy new brewery, coming in late 2020 and there’s a couple of others in the works too.