Sunshine Coast Brewery
Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard with a locally built brewhouse, and New Zealand–made 10-hectolitre fermentation and maturation tanks. Howard moved on soon afterwards, and Robinson was joined in the business by his brother Frank. In June 2006 the business was purchased by Greg Curran, who had been looking for an opportunity to return to his native Queensland after a career in agri-chemicals sales and marketing. Jim Robinson stayed on for a six-month transition period as brewer and trained Ian Watson, who has since moved on to the MT Tamborine Brewery. Under Jim Robinson’s watch the house beers ranged from a XXXX taste-alike to a flavoursome dark ale and a bunch of novelty brews, including a chilli beer and a pineapple, lime and ginger concoction. New owner Curran has brought a definite craftbeer focus to the business, especially since award-winning Canberra home-brewer Scott Hargrave came on board as brewer in 2008. New branding features the nearby Glasshouse Mountains and Curran has launched a unique 16-bottle narrow carton that neatly fits a quartet of fourpacks. As we went to press there were plans to install some smaller tanks to better cater for limited-edition brews; a highly promising pair of German styles – a hefeweizen and a dunkelweizen – are among new additions to the Sunshine Coast Brewery’s range.
The style is still evolving under the new owner and latest brewer, with an increased emphasis on English and German beer styles.
Sunshine Coast Summer Ale
Behind the Label
Owner/manager Greg Curran felt the original logo – using the SCB initials – was too close to that of a well-known large brewery and he has since developed new livery under the Sunshine Coast Brewery banner. The central image is a graphic of the nearby Glasshouse Mountain range, a craggy gaggle of peaks that loom over Maroochydore. Beneath the mountains sits a leafy green plant that could be mistaken for sugarcane or a pineapple plant but is, in fact, the fronds of a pandanus, which is a common coastal plant along the Sunshine Coast.
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