Gold Coast breweries you need to try

Gold Coast breweries have pulled first prize when it comes to craft beers.

Many of the best Gold Coast breweries started as a DIY homebrew hobby. But something about the mix of sunshine, beach vibes and this city’s laid back attitude seems to be working. Beer is booming on the Gold Coast.

Key players such Balter and Black Hops are leading the charge. But many of the newcomers are just as delicious.

These are the Gold Coast breweries you need to visit on your next trip north.

Burleigh Brewing Company

Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220

When: Friday 3pm-8pm, Saturday 12pm-7pm, Sunday 12pm-4pm.

Drop-in at Burleigh Brewing Company, where since 2006 Peta Fielding (CEO) and Brennan Fielding (Brewmaster) have celebrated craft beer on the Gold Coast.

They have won countless awards for both business and brewing thanks to their humble, hard-working ways. Burleigh Brewing is dedicated to their craft. They carefully select ingredients and labour over recipes so you get the best craft beer. No wonder they’ve won triple gold at the World Beer Championships.

Test your tastebuds with their Hazelnut Brown Ale or keep it simple with a Burleigh 28 Pale Ale. Want to know how it all happens? Take a backstage tour of the Taphouse with Brewmaster Brennan.

There’s more than just beer at Burleigh’s Brewing with live music, food trucks and comedy adding to the hoppiness.

Black Hops Brewery

Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads, (Black Hops II, a second production brewery and taphouse is at 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters).

When: Wednesday – Friday 12pm – 7pm, Saturday – Sunday 12pm-6pm.

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Black Hops started as a simple idea over a beer with three good mates Dan, Eddie and Govs. A few years on, they have a team of 30+ legends, a brewery and a taproom and beer in 1,000+ venues and bottleshops Australia wide.

It’s the perfect place to blow the froth off a few with 14 off-tap choices. Their award-winning beers are unpasteurised and made with no preservatives right on the Gold Coast.

Try a classic Send It Session Ale or a limited monthly release. Past releases include Code Red, a classic American Red Ale or Caribbean Crusher, a fruit and rum-soaked Hazy American IPA.

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Balter Brewing Company

Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin, QLD

When: Wednesday-Friday 3pm- 8pm, Saturday 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm.

Balter Brewing was spearheaded by the Gold Coast’s most famous pro-surfers and mates. Their crew includes Mick Fanning, Bede Durbidge, Josh Kerr and Joel Parkinson. Since then, Carlton & United Breweries have snapped up Balter, but the management team has remained the same.

At Balter, making good beer means sourcing the best ingredients, using the best techniques and taking advantage of the newest affordable technologies.

They have a diverse range of classic and flavoured beers including classic Balter XPA and Hazy IPA, a mango and passion fruit IPA.

If you want to taste more of what Balter Brewing has to offer you can take a tour, held every Friday.

Lost Palms Brewing Co.

Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami, QLD

When: Friday and Saturday 12pm -9pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm.

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Lost Palms is Miami’s pretty pink and instagrammable drinking den. It’s just a short walk from Nobbys Bars and restaurants, and right around the corner from Miami Marketta.

The outside area is prime for sinking beers with your pals. There is a basketball hoop for your playing pleasure and the outside area is dog-friendly.

Tickle your tastebuds with a Hibiscus and Guava Sour Ale or keep the good times rolling with their Summer Session Ale.

The Precinct

Where: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami, QLD

When: Monday -Thursday 4pm-10pm, Friday 4pm-12pm, Saturday 11am-12am, Sunday 11am-10pm.

The Precinct has been transformed from an old workshop into the perfect space for catching up with mates and hosting community events. With grand open-air ceilings and transient artworks, The Precinct is contemporary and welcoming.

This Gold Coast brewery is thriving with beers on tap, a restaurant, large communal spaces and a brewery on site. Plus they are kid-friendly.

Step outside your comfort zone and have a Bad Juju Mixed Berry Sour. Otherwise, stick with a trusty favourite and sip on a Session Ale.

While we’re always here for the beers, The Precinct has margaritas and Tipsy Trivia on offer for the month of February.

Madocke Brewed by Belgians

Where: 17 Blackheath Terrace, Pacific Pines, QLD. The Gold Coast brewery is not open to the public due to council legislation.

Madocke Brewed by Belgians is proud to bring true Belgian style to a Gold Coast brewery. Founders, Annelies and Jimmy opened in their home garage to queues in 2019. Now there are plans to soon open a brewery and taphouse in Molendinar.

Annelies and Jimmy want to let beer-drinkers taste the heritage, traditions and complex flavour of Belgian beers. They have perfected the brewing process, paying close attention to colour, texture and method of fermentation.

Test the Belgian waters with a traditional Witbier or get experimental with a Bitter Blonde.

Get Belgian beers delivered to your door by ordering them online or purchase them through bars, restaurants and bottleshops.

Currumbin Valley Brewing

Where: 10 Kianga Court, Currumbin Valley, QLD. The Gold Coast brewery is not open to the public due to council legislation.

Mates Luke Ronalds and Peter Wheldon founded Currumbin Valley Brewing in 2016. In 2017 they built their own small farmhouse artisanal brewery in Currumbin Valley.

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Luke and Pete are focussed on brewing more extreme style beers, kettle ‘fast’ sours and a barrel-aged sour project. You can try Grape Bubblegum Sour or Cream Soda Sour to taste what the hype is all about.

Due to licensing restrictions the Gold Coast brewery isn’t open to the public but beers are sold online or at venues around the Gold Coast and Brisbane.

There are plans to open an off-site satellite cellar door and larger production brewery within the future.

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4 Pines Brewery Coolangatta

Where: The Strand Shopping Centre Shops, 28/72 Marine Parade, Coolangatta, QLD

When: Sunday -Tuesday 7am to 8pm, Wednesday and Thursday 7am – 9pm Friday and Saturday 7am-10pm.

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4 Pines Brewery Coolangatta sits just 100 metres from the beach. The bar heralds six taps of the finest 4 Pines beer.

Try some core range brews such as “Freshy” Extra Refreshing Ale or Indian Summer Ale. Mix things up by sampling a batch from the revolving Kellerdoor such as the Cherry Coconut Brown Ale.

With a Smart Brew Kit installed in the venue to start pumping some unique beers into this sunny venue, what more could a beer lover want?

There’s more than just beers at this Gold Coast brewery. It has a restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and bar with an ecclectic mix of beer-inspired cocktails.

Great ways to sample

Hop in Brewery Tours

Hop in Brewery Tours is Queensland’s original craft beer tour. Their focus is beer education and appreciation, offering history and commentary throughout the day.

There are full and half-day tours around Brisbane and the Gold Coast, that allow you to get up close and personal with all things beer.

Each tour offers the chance to meet the brewers, experience a brewery tour and sample a wide selection of local craft beers. Book here.

BOBs Beer

Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD

When: Monday- Sunday, 12pm – late.

BOBs Beer brings the best craft beers from Australia and New Zealand to one location, making it the perfect spot for sampling.

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It is Surfers Paradise’s first and only brewery and is the perfect pitstop for a relaxing beer and bite to eat.

Whether visitors are flying solo post-surf, hanging with the locals or just looking for a chilled out afternoon, they drop into BOBs Beer and soak up the sunny GC vibes.

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House of Brews

Where: 17 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise, QLD

When: Monday – Sunday 12pm – late.

House of Brews is a 32 beer-tap drinking and dining establishment in Surfers Paradise. It is the brainchild of enigmatic brothers Sacha, Damien and Ben Kanaghines.

They celebrate all things rock, brews and barbecue. House of Brews features the only rooftop cocktail bar in Surfers Paradise.

Whether visitors need a place to quench their holiday thirst or celebrate a corporate event, House of Brews has them covered.

Craft House Bar & Restaurant 

Where: 1/445 Golden Four Drive, Tugun, QLD

When: Tuesday-Sunday 12pm – late.

Craft House Bar & Restaurant has an extensive range of beers on tap. Try all of them with their ‘Beer Paddles’, a tasting board of six or 20 on-tap craft beers.

They have partnered with a talented chef who takes pride in plating up contemporary food perfect to pair with craft beer.

The Lucky Squire

Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, QLD 

When: Monday – Sunday 11am – late

The Lucky Squire is a two-storey brewhouse within walking distance of Pacific Fair and The Star Gold Coast.

It brings the character of James Squire, Australia’s first brewer, to the heart of The Gold Coast.  James Squire was a charmer, a swindler and a rogue.

His legacy is honoured by celebrating quality craft beers matched with modern pub food.

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