Return of a favourite

The Eumundi Brewery is officially open. Jolene Ogle went to the opening to find out what all the fuss was about.

by @joleneogle on Friday, 11 Dec, 2015

Almost 30 years after the first launch of Eumundi Lager back in 1988, beer lovers once again gathered at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi to celebrate the official opening of the much-anticipated, brand-new Eumundi Brewery.

A lucky group of Eumundi locals were the first to taste test the new Lager and Pale Ale and were also taken on a tour of the new Brewery function space and into the depths of the operation to find out how their new favourite beer is brewed.

Back in 1988, a brewing engineer and developer named John Lynch invited people to invest in a brewery in Eumundi. The group purchased the Imperial Hotel and installed a brewery before launching Eumundi Lager in February 1988.

Following a brief public listing, the Eumundi Brewery was closed in 1992 and brewing was contracted to Yatala Brewery (formerly Powers Brewing and then CUB). Brewing ceased in 2004, but October 2016 saw the announcement of a new partnership between Lion and the imperial Hotel to see a return of the much-loved Eumundi Brewery.

Now officially back-in-business, the Eumundi Brewery has launched a reinvented Lager and a mid-strength Pale Ale that will be available in local pubs and clubs from late September.

Lion’s Master Brewer Chuck Hahn has steered the Eumundi Brewery project along with Head Brewer Chris Sheehan and both were excited to launch the new brew.

“Eumundi is unquestionably an artisan village and we’re thrilled to add our own craft to the mix,” Chuck said. “These are beers that will be appreciated by locals, as well as the many visitors who flock to Eumundi and indeed the Sunshine Coast. Our beers are brewed to international standards but with loads of local input.”

Head Brewer Chris Sheehan said this is just the beginning for the Eumundi Brewery.

“Our first Eumundi Brewery lager brew and pale ale brew came out right where we wanted them to and we’re excited to share them. We’ll now start looking at our first seasonal beer a Ginger Pale Ale, which should be a heap of fun partnering with local ginger growers,” Chris said.


Other breweries recently opened and planning to open in Noosa include:

Copperhead Restaurant & Brewery: Cnr Tewantin Rd and Kauri St, Cooroy

Bonsai Brewhouse: 28 King St, Cooran

Land & Sea Brewery: 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville (opening 2018)

Noosa Brewing Company: Rene Street, Noosaville (opening 2018)

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