CRAFT BEER MOVEMENT SWARMS THE COAST THE CRAFT BEER SCENE HAS EXPLODED ON THE GOLD COAST WITH INNOVATIVE BREWERIES CONTINUALLY POPPING UP ACROSS THE CITY.
Local business people and even world surfing champions are recognising the burgeoning craft beer market as a smart investment and they are reaping the rewards. While this trend towards home-grown breweries is sweeping the world, the Gold Coast is establishing a reputation as a leader in the sector, with local breweries and brewers picking up national and international awards. Here is your guide to craft breweries in and around the Gold Coast… BALTER BREWING 14 Traders Lane, Currumbin World champion surfers Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, along with pro surfers Bede Durbidge and Josh Kerr, are riding a wave of success after opening their own brewery. Balter Brewing’s first beer launched in March 2016 – Balter’s XPA, an Extra Pale Ale with a fruity palate that aims to punch your taste buds into the pleasure zone, joined by several other styles over the following months. First the beer, then the venue. The group’s upmarket industrial warehouse and tasting room with its wraparound bar and bespoke Frank and Mimi artwork took the Gold Coast by storm through social media.
expansive 12-tap tasting area lit by a huge luminous mural.
The reality was even better: a vast industrial shed full of shining tanks as far as the eye can see surrounded by hand-faced brick walls and the
“It’s a given that a good beer should be enjoyable, but it should also expand a person’s world view on what a beer can be,” he says.
Co-founder Stirling Howland says the aim is to make the best beer possible.