Beerwah to get a taste of craft brew

BEERWAH is set to tap into the massive and growing craft beer market with plans for a micro-brewery and live entertainment development in the centre of the growing hinterland township.

The brewery is planned for the rear of 4 Turner Street, which is located next to what will soon be a new health hub and is close to the Village Marketplace and railway station.

In an application lodged with Sunshine Coast Council, Vrecko Pty Ltd says Beerwah is in need of this type of facility, with its proposal including food and live entertainment options.

“The production of craft beer in Australia is growing at a rate of around 10 per cent per year. The growth is based on the consumer’s desire for the tangible, authentic and local experience of local breweries with regionally sourced ingredients.

“There are limited vibrant venues in the region that are family friendly where both parents and children can enjoy live entertainment.

“The proposal supports the January 2020 Council amendment to the planning scheme to facilitate and support the live music industry and promote a vibrant day and night-time economy in major centres.”

Proposed hours of operation are 10am to midnight Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 2am Thursday to Saturday.

Vrecko states that a micro-brewery would not be out of place in Beerwah.

“Micro-breweries are an emerging high-value industry and local breweries have been gaining popularity and winning numerous quality awards,” the application states.

“In addition, the State Government has recently released a ‘Craft Brewing Strategy’ which seeks to support the expansion of craft brewing in Queensland. There is recognition that microbreweries can provide economic stimulus to regional areas through complementary tourism ventures such as ‘brew tours’ and the like.”

In regards to the issue of live music and noise, the proposal states: “The proposal will provide a lively day and night new business with an acceptable level of ambient noise.”

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