With brewing skills honed across the globe in Hawaii, Japan and the States, Burleigh's brewmaster Brennan Fielding was always likely to bring a better quality of beer to the Queensland coast when he and wife Peta embarked upon their dream of opening a brewery in her home state - a dream they first discussed back in the late 90s. Major awards for the likes of his Black Giraffe coffee lager, Hef wheat beer and FIGJAM IPA have proved just that as Burleigh has rapidly established itself among the Aussie craft brewing fraternity.
Housed in a dedicated production facility a few kilometres from the Gold Coast's beaches, with a 45 hectilitre brew length that dwarfs most micros, they still sell most of their beer locally; Peta jokes that she'd love to be able to shift all of their beer within 5km of the brewery. Their first two releases, a Premium Lager and a mid-strength Helles under the Duke banner, are still only sold at bars and bottleshops in the local region, inspired by the German tradition of breweries supplying their own communities. The remainder of the range - all unpasteurised - is available nationwide.
Although the brewery is set up predominantly for production, they do open their doors to the public on occasion. The bar is open every Friday night while they hold tours on one Saturday a month as well as monthly Friday night Brewhouse Bashes. At the last of these, they welcome guests into the brewery - filled with surfboards and surf memorabilia to remind you just where in the world you are ' for an evening of live music, food and plenty of beer ' with a portion of the profits going to a local charity or community group.