New hinterland brew pub to open next month
THE Sunshine Coast newest hinterland brew pub could be weeks away from opening, but they're not rushing it.
Brewing the perfect craft pour is a marathon effort, not a sprint, says McLeod Brewing Co owner Ryan McLeod.
His brew pub at the iconic winery Maleny Mountain Wines' iconic barrel-shaped showroom will offer craft beers made on site.
Mr McLeod says he hopes to have four brews on tap for the first week of September, but is more committed to a quality product than to the haste of its arrival.
"We're getting there - just making sure we get the right products and fresh ingredients," he said.
He said the winery was in a good financial position and was "not rushing to sell beer".
"When we have beer on tap it'll be at the best quality we can produce."
Curious visitors are welcome to drop in and try the latest test batch, Mr McLeod said. His property is at 787 Landsborough-Maleny Rd.
Earlier: July 25
ANOTHER brew pub is set to open on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland as Maleny Mountain Wines' new owner Ryan McLeod rolls out plans to expand into craft beer and open McLeod Brewing Co.
The winery already had planning approval for the new offering, and eight taps would be installed at its existing eight-metre high wine barrel-shaped showroom, Mr McLeod said.
"The space is DA-approved for a brewery, so if I can get things going in the next couple of weeks properly it'll be a six month turnaround from the start to the end," he said.
An experienced spirits distiller, Scottish-born owner Ryan McLeod has been tinkering with craft beer recipes and is planning to have his first batch ready by the end of this month.
"I bought the business 110 days ago and we're adding to what we're doing," he said.
"Wine in Queensland is not great - for growing grapes year in, year out - but beer you can be a bit more controlling of."
He already had a 15-hectolitre (30 keg) brewery set up, and the first batch would be ready for his 40th birthday next Wednesday, "even if it's just for tasting", he said.
Craft beer brewed on site and from around Australia would be served, eventually including four to six of his own brews including one which would be packaged and sold in bottles, Mr McLeod said.
"There's enough up and coming craft breweries in Australia that I can pretty much rotate through them," he said.
Before moving to the Coast with his wife and two young children, Mr McLeod worked at a single malt whisky distillery in Tasmania, where the business "went from quite embryonic to very prominent over the last three or four years", he said.
Since taking over four months ago, he has added cheese platters and light meals to the wine tasting experience and will soon begin serving burgers made with locally farmed Maleny Black Angus beef.
He said the personal stakes were high, and he planned to take his time perfecting his brews before launching the new line of beverage.
"I've got one shot at this," he said. "I've got a small family...so if it doesn't work I've got some explaining to do."
Located at 787 Landsborough-Maleny Rd, Maleny Mountain Wines is open Monday to Sunday from 10am - 5pm.