Scott Hooper from the Brew Store has struggled to keep up with demand during COVID lockdown.
Scott Hooper from the Brew Store has struggled to keep up with demand during COVID lockdown.

New Coast business taps into success during lockdown

The COVID-19 lockdown brought on some of the toughest times in business history, but this Noosa store couldn't keep up with demand.

Scott Hooper opened his home brew store in Noosa in February this year, a month before the region was hit by the global health pandemic.

‘The first month of COVID was pretty wild.’ Scott Hooper from the Brew Store.
‘The first month of COVID was pretty wild.’ Scott Hooper from the Brew Store.

He said you could not have scripted a weirder start to a business.

"The first month of COVID was pretty wild," he said.

"It was pretty good, it put me on the map.

The new business owner pinpointed his success to three areas: Pubs being closed, self-sufficiency and not being able to go anywhere.

"People were fearing the end of the world. That's why they were buying seedlings from Bunnings and toilet paper from Coles," Mr Hooper said.

"It was a pretty amazing start to a business."

Mr Hooper and home brewing businesses across the country may see a further spike in sales after it was recently confirmed that from August 3, pubs and their patrons across the country will pay even more tax to have a beer.

Brewers Association of Australia CEO Brett Heffernan said now was not the time to increase the tax on beer.

"As the hospitality industry battles with the devastating economic impacts of COVID-19 this latest increase in tax comes at a time when publicans and patrons can least afford it," he said.

"We appreciate politicians of every persuasion are urging people to get down to their local for a beer to support local jobs. However, the taxman will be there, from 3 August, imposing the biggest beer tax ever.

"Germany has deferred its beer tax from $0.13 (AUD) to zero in response to COVID. The Brits froze their beer tax at $1.52 (AUD). There is no logical reason for Aussies to be paying even more for a beer as we all try to emerge from this crisis, especially when so many are doing it tough."