Up to nine locally produced craft beers are available on tap – as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner made fresh from locally-sourced produce – at Maleny’s first boutique brewery, Brouhaha Brewery.
Director and Head Brewer Matt Jancauskas was engaged last year to establish Brouhaha Brewery and, together with local builder Sam Johnson, the pair have createds a unique establishment from the ground up.
Mr Jancauskas grew up in Yeppoon and studied electrical engineering before spending two and a half years learning about the craft beer industry at London’s Beavertown Brewery, owned by Logan Plant, the son of legendary Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant.
“I worked my way up to become the production manager, it was a great experience but when the time came to return home to Australia, I was certain that I would need to move to a capital city to progress my career in the craft beer industry,” he said.
“The opportunity to create an original Brew Pub from the ground up in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is a dream come true.”
The Brouhaha Brewery offers nine boutique beers on tap including a Blonde, Pale Ale, Milk Stout and raspberry and passionfruit infused beers, whose fruit is sourced from local producers.
“Our goal is to support our local producers as much as possible, we have access to an amazing selection of clean and fresh produce right on our doorstep and we want to support locals, not just with the production of our beers but also with what we serve in the kitchen,” Mr Jancauskas said.
“Our coffee is also sourced from Clandestino Roasters in Noosa and we currently employ 23 staff, the vast majority live in the Hinterland too so it’s great to be able to provide employment opportunities for locals.”
Mr Jancauskas said the craft beer industry in Australia was growing by the day and currently captured around 4% of the national beer market.
“There’s no doubt that the industry will continue to grow here in Australia, we tend to follow the US with regards to food and beverage trends, however we do have a way to go as their craft beer consumption is up to about 15% and growing,” he said.
“There’s also a small but thriving craft beer scene here on the Sunshine Coast with a number of independent producers, my aim is work collaboratively with them to support the industry and ensure it is sustainable over the long term.
“Diners are now looking for unique experiences, they want to try interesting flavours and there’s a growing desire to know exactly where produce comes from.
“It’s definitely quality over quantity and craft beer served in an authentic Brew Pub certainly resonates with these consumers.”
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