After just three months of operation, Hemingway’s Brewery in Port Douglas has already proved its hero ales are top in quality and taste with its pilsner, dark lager and pale ale bagging medals at the prestigious 2016 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show.
Hemingway’s Head Brewer, Jared Steward said bronze medal wins for all three categories entered was a great result considering they had only been brewing for a few months. Bronze medals were awarded to Hemingway’s pilsner, ‘The Prospector’, dark lager, ‘Hard Yards’ and pale ale, ‘Pitchfork Betty’s’.
“From an industry perspective, it is great to receive this kind of peer endorsement. This has been a team effort and is a great first step for Hemingway’s.”
Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show sets the benchmark for excellence and is a testament of achievement at the highest level – recognizing dedication, ability, uncompromising diligence and sheer hard work. To view the results, click on the following link:http://www.myras.com.au/res/results/CompetitonResults.aspx?TO=0&SY=2016&SN=86&CT=0&WT=&WST=&EN=All%20Exhibitors&TN=All+Towns&PC1=&PC2=&CL1=&CL2=®ION=All+regions&ST=&EI=1&OR=1
Hemingway’s Brewery opened in July this year as part of the Reef Marina multimillion -dollar redevelopment. The premises is already popular among locals and visitors as an atmospheric watering hole serving a selection of craft beers developed and brewed in-house to reflect particular aspects of the region’s past, ranging from the pioneering prospectors of the gold rush to the resilience shown in the wake of the devastating 1911cyclone.
According to Mr Stewart, Hemingway’s craft beers are unfiltered, unpasteurised and preservative free using just four key ingredients –yeast, the finest and freshest hops, base malts and the crystal clear waters of Mossman Gorge.
Hemingway’s Brewery beers and their stories:
1.Mrs Watsons (small ale) In the late 1800s, the sea slug trade in Far North Queensland was a profitable and surprisingly perilous way to earn a living. But none felt this more than Captain Robert Watson’s wife, baby daughter, and servant. Their tale lives on in this ale.
2.The Prospector (pilsner) James Venture Mulligan was the first to find gold in the Palmer River. It was because of his thirst for adventure and tireless efforts that Port Douglas came to be, and it’s his story that has inspired this refreshing brew.
3.Pitchfork Betty’s (pale ale) She ruled a local watering hole not with an iron fist, but with a trusted and slightly rusted pitchfork. A staunch defender of the good time and good life in Port Douglas, and the inspiration for this beer.
- Doug’s Courage (IPA) March 16, 1911 was the day Port Douglas was levelled by the mother of all cyclones. Battered but hardly beaten, a band of courageous locals rebuilt to continue the story of this place we love, and their spirited fortitude is celebrated in this ale.
- Hard Yards (American dark lager) In 1877, when gold was found, the Bump Track was the only road to Port Douglas and it was no leisurelySunday drive. Unforgiving and treacherous, it brought meaning to the term no pain no gain, and it lives on in this dark lager.
- Kick Back (ginger beer) If you’ve ever come eye-to-eye with a cassowary, chances are you’ve felt its brutal kick. Armed with a pair of daggered claws, it’s a bird feared by many but respected by all and is the inspiration for this spicy little drop.