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Hippity hops your way to Madocke Beer Brewing Company

Madocke Beer Brewing Company external (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madocke Beer Brewing Company external (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

There are a few simple pleasures in life that, no matter your mood, will make your day better. We’re thinking along the lines of watching an epic sunset, biting into hot pizza just out the oven, or sipping back a frosty ice-cold beer.  And it’s the final point that brings a lot of people much joy here on the Gold Coast, as Queensland has steadily garnered itself a reputation for impressive breweries.

Always ready to taste and explore the flavours of Europe, we’re pleased to announce the opening of a very special Belgian brewery in Ashmore. Going by the name of Madocke — and not entirely new as they’ve been brewing beer for three years already — this family-run business is sure to make its mark on the craft beer scene and delight Ashmore locals and visitors alike.

Curious about the name, and how have they been brewing for three years already? Well, husband and wife team Annelies and Jimmy Nijskens and son Noah emigrated from Belgium to the Gold Coast in 2016. Living in Paradise Point, it didn’t take the family long to satisfy their desire to brew beer in their double garage completely fitted out with custom-made brewing apparatus! Over the next three years, they enjoyed batch brewing and trialing a series of Belgian-style beers with a growing fan base. The little setup proved so popular that a nomination for the best new brewery at the 2019 Beersies even followed.

Madocke Beer Brewing Company (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madocke Beer Brewing Company (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

For those curious to know, the name Madocke comes from Belgian folklore, telling the story of a mischievous fox and how the local king assigns certain animals to try and capture him for his wrongdoings. For those with a keen eye, you may even draw similarities with the tale of Robin Hood — check out the Disney adaptation from 1973, and you’ll even notice the cast played by animals of the forest!

With this all in mind, Madocke are excited to share unique Belgian-style beers with a sense of place and story. We’ve seen an enormous craft beer revolution in the last few years, with amazing and inventive hop-driven flavours. But efforts here will be taken to produce beers with earthy tones and more yeast-driven palates — taking things back to basics a little.

Their impressive venue in Ashmore hosts not only their remarkable brewing process but also an inviting taproom, with an outside area aptly positioned to catch some afternoon sun as you tuck into some excellent tasting ales. Currently, the brewery is making 16 different lines, such as their popular Lager and Blonde. They have, however, been creating some exciting hybrids such as a White IPA named the Celebration beer, a careful admixture of Belgian-style white beer with the bitterness of English style IPA… can confirm it’s delicious!

Madocke Beer Brewing Company Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Madocke Beer Brewing Company Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

Presiding over all of the operations is their mascot and top dog, Stella. Come into the taproom on any given day and not only will you find yourself with great beer in hand but also a meet and greet opp with the four-legged friend. After having only opened over the last weekend of October (to a huge crowd), the brewery plans on finding its feet a little first before offering tours of the back of house and the wonderful process of making beer, as well as live music and events. Even if you’re not the biggest fan of beer, you’ll be pleased to find the venue stocks a host of other local Southeast Queensland spirits and wines from Brisbane to Mount Tamborine and everywhere in between!

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Where: 286 Southport Nerang Road, Ashmore

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Stella (dog) with a Madocke Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
Stella (dog) with a Madocke Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

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