The bubbling Brisbane Craft Beer business Circuit has Compitated by entering of Queensland Quenchers
In the humid and sub-tropical climate of Brisbane, Queenslanders understandably want a quencher when they order a beer.
Increasingly, they want flavour, body, and character.
Gone are the days of a handful of mass produced beers, although XXXX is still a big name. (The brewery in Brisbane caught fire earlier this week, but the supply was not affected).
Brisbane craft breweries and brew bars have taken off in the past five years and there are now dozens of bars and brewers, making distinctive tipples on site.
A craft beer festival, Brewsvegas, has been running since 2013.
A former concreter was among a group including surfer Mick Fanning who produced an award-winning Balter “extra pale ale” (XPA), which was given the number four spot in the 2016 craft beer awards in Australia.
Australia has around 400 craft brewers, compared to around 170 in New Zealand.
New Zealand has 168 breweries and more than 1500 beers.
For the third consecutive year, craft beer sales in New Zealand were up and last year the increase in sales was a bubbly 35 per cent
It’s a little different in Queensland, where there is a convoluted state excise and tax regime for brewers but, broadly, the higher the alcohol content the higher the tax.
So, with the hot climate, there’s a double incentive to produce beers towards the lower end of the alcohol by volume (ABV) spectrum.
This, in itself, is tricky because it is harder to produce a balanced low alcohol beer. So, in this environment, brewers have done quite a bit of experimenting and tinkering with mid-strength beer.