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The gold coast is a hub for tourism and fun and has become a real big craft beer area, with the emergence of many a breweries and micro breweries all over the region.
Somebody needed to try them all, so who was better equiped than myself to give them a go myself. I struggled through slurry words, hangovers and the rollicking from the wife. But i did it in the name of research.
So here we have it after whittling them down we now have the top 3 craft breweries on the Gold Coast.
Top 3 Breweries
Formerly known as having top surfer Mick fanning as a co owner, now Balter lies under the ownership of alcohol giant Carlton & United Breweries.
Balter has grown over the years and now produces there beer all over Australia and beyond.
Located in the industrial estate in Currumbin waters
By far the most popular is the Balter XPA, it’s one of there first and certainly one there finest. Fruity and hoppy with tropical and floral aromas and coming in at 5% abv.
Another great selection is the Balter Lager with its citrus aroma and smoothness makes for a gentle and easy to drink lager. 4.6% abv
The Taproom is open Wednesday through to Sunday with a revolving mix of food trucks on hand to keep you fed. Top Tip: Zicatela Mexican food truck is there keep an eye out for when they are there, some of the best Mexican I have tried.
- Wednesday : 3 – 8pm
- Thursday : 3 – 8pm ( $5 Tins & Tacos with Zicatela every Thursday )
- Friday : 3 – 8pm ( Live Music 4-7pm )
- Saturday : 12 – 8pm
- Sunday : 12 – 7pm
One of the first craft breweries to take off on the Gold Coast was Burleigh Brewery.
Winner of many national and international awards and with a host of beers sold nationwide. Burleigh Brewery now holds 38 World medals, 22 of which are gold. An impressive feet for this small brewery.
Located in Burleigh Waters Industrial estate about 30 minutes from Surfers Paradise.
I’ll pick 2 of my favourites from here, firstly “Big Head” a carb free beer, the first in Australia. Which is so smooth and light, great for those hot days on the coast. Coming in at 4.2% abv.
Secondly is Twisted Palm 4.% abv, a tropical pale ale with fruity aromas. A smooth and very refreshing drink, which has many accolades including winning World Beer Championship Gold Medal in Chicago in 2020.
Open for business 3 days a week the taphouse serves its selections of beers from 3pm – 9pm Friday, 1pm – 9pm Saturday and 1pm – 6pm Sunday.
With food options available from Burleigh Eats by the Qak Cafe. With a great selection of great drinking snacks like burgers and tacos etc.
Fortitude Brewery is a small boutique brewery situated up Mount Tamborine.
Fortitude delivers a range of beers that are well-balanced, using top quality ingredients and an integrity to a brewing process that delivers bold and strong flavours.
Located at the end of Long Road strip of Eagle Heights, and on the site of the ever popular Witches Chase Cheese Company.
Fortitude Summer would be my first pick, as the name lends Summer, its hoppy, toasted wheat and with stone fruit aromas with the aim to be smooth throughout the hot summer months. 4.4 % abv.
Secondly I came to enjoy the Irish Stout, bold flavours with malt and flaked barley based. A great beer for the colder winter months on the mountain 4% abv.
The Taphouse at Fortitude is unique with its open glass wall so you can watch the workers produced the beer as you sup away.
Tasting paddles are available allowing to try 5 of the Fortitude beers in tasting sizes
The taphouse has a pizzeria for soaking up those beers with a mix of traditional and gourmet pizzas. As mentioned the brewery is on the same site as the cheese factory and cheese platters are also available from there. To further accommodate this local wines by Bird Dog Wines and Witches Falls Wines are available
Opening times are Monday – Thursday 11am – 3pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am – 5pm
These would certainly be my top 3 choices on the Gold Coast, and with there nationwide exposure they certainly standout above the rest.
An hour and 15 minutes from the coast in Byron Bay is one other notable mention and probably Australia’s best known craft brewery Stone and Wood. I have never visited myself however have tried many, maybe to many times the pacific ale another top craft beer to try.