Fortitude Brewing / Noisy Minor

Eagle Heights, a quaint suburb on Tamborine Mountain in south east Queensland, is home to the Gold Coast hinterland’s oldest standing church. Today, with Fortitude Brewing Co and raucous little sibling Noisy Minor attracting a swelling congregation of beer lovers well beyond Queensland, there’s quite clearly another religion in town: that of great beer.

Once home to Mt Tamborine Brewery, the building has one of the grandest, most welcoming entrances of any in Australia, one that draws visitors up the mountain towards a full production, 24hL brewery. It has been home to the Fortitude team since early 2014 – two years after the company’s inception by Ged Connors, Jim O’Connor and head brewer Ian Watson, who had once brewed for the site's former occupant before spending time at the likes of Murray's in New South Wales.

The mountaintop site is actually one of two homes for the brewery, which originally produced its beers at the tiny, 500 litre, former Eagle Heights Brewery less than a kilometre away. But, pretty much from the get go, the demand for beers from Fortitude and Noisy Minor has grown so fast that capacity at the smaller brewery quickly reached breaking point and, by the start of 2015, the owners were already making contingency plans for when they need to expand the bigger brewery too. While the latter focuses on producing Fortitude's range of approachable craft beers and the more popular drops from Noisy Minor, the smaller brewery produces test brews and small batch releases.

Within the cavernous space of their main dwelling visitors can also call into a cheese production facility and shop as well as a bistro with scenic, leafy views. But it's Fortitude’s Cellar Door that's the real focal point, boasting 15 taps each pouring something different from the enormous range of Fortitude and Noisy Minor beers. For anyone that can't get through them all – or who can't get enough – filled growlers are available for takeaway.

Peckish visitors can lay their hands on a variety of made-to-order pizzas to munch on while working their way through a tasting paddle or two. Meanwhile, soulful tunes emanating from musicians will only enhance patrons’ ability to while away a relaxing afternoon in the adjoining beer garden.

Outside the cellar door, Fortitude’s consistent production of flavoursome and highly approachable beers gained them quite a reputation and following firstly in their native Queensland and then from interstate bars and craft beer fans alike: in 2014, three of its beers notched spots within the top 15 of 2014’s Hottest 100 Australian Craft Beers poll; the Noisy Minor ANZUS IPA even commanded a spot inside the top ten – the highest ever ranking for beer brewed at a Queensland based brewery.

With demand for wholesale draught increasing and packaged beer arriving in 2015, Fortitude Brewing Co.’s motto In Cerevisia Fortitudo (In Beer Is Strength) is certainly ringing true.

Darren Magin

Name
Fortitude Brewing / Noisy Minor
Address

165-185 Long Road
North Tamborine
QLD 4272

Phone
(07) 5545 4273
Website
Hours

11am to 4pm 7 days a week

Fortitude Brewing / Noisy Minor Regulars

Noisy Minor ANZUS IPA

In terms of punter appeal, it's the ANZUS that has been leading the way for the Fortitude / Noisy Minor team. It has featured prominently in The Local Taphouse Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll since its release, even making the top ten in 2014. So what exactly is it that has won our affections? The beer was crafted to "honour the ANZUS treaty between the great (hop growing) nations of Australia, New Zealand and USA" and is their interpretation of American IPAs. It's a far cry from some ··· Read more

Fortitude Brewing Stout

Brewer's notes: This extremely approachable stout has won many non-stout drinkers over. A simple yet delectable dry Irish stout boasting British pale malt, flaked barley, roast barley and Goldings hops. With a slight smokiness, lots of rich coffee notes and a long, dry finish this stout is what Guinness always wanted to be. ··· Read more
Style
Dry Irish Stout
Strength
4.0%

Fortitude Brewing Pacer

Brewer's notes: A light beer with real flavour! Perfect for summer or all year round, this light pale ale has real malt character and is late hopped with a generous dose of Citra giving a gentle aromatic fruity finish. ··· Read more
Style
Light Ale
Strength
2.8%

Fortitude Brewing Standard Lager

Brewer's notes: Fortitude Standard is a standard Australian lager. It is hoped that the beer is part of a new standard in Australian Lager. Malt? Yep. Hops? Plenty! Sugar? Not a grain in sight! The thing is… we all grew up drinking Aussie lagers until we discovered that we liked flavour. But there’s no reason why you can’t pack a whole heap of flavour into an Aussie lager, whilst still keeping the cold, crisp, easy drinking nature of these beers. A vibrant yellow colour with fluffy white foam, Fortitude ··· Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
4.5%

Fortitude Brewing Golden Ale

Brewer's notes: Fortitude’s flagship beer, Fortitude Original, is their interpretation of the modern British Golden Ale. Bright golden in colour, the aromas of stone fruit, pine and grapefruit complement the malty, nutty palate leading to a crisp, dry finish. A blend of malted barley, wheat and light caramel malts gives the beer a nutty flavour, while Waimea, Mosaic and Amarillo hops create a melange of fruity notes. DM ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.3%

Fortitude Brewing / Noisy Minor Specials

Noisy Minor Admiral Ackbar

Tapped August 8th, 2015
Sibling breweries Fortitude and Noisy Minor have been one of the standout successes of the beer revolution in South East Queensland. Perhaps most notably, they've seen multiple beers score highly in the past couple of Local Taphouse Hottest 100 polls; this year, they had three beers in the top 14, a remarkable achievement for a young brewery whose beers were, last year, only regularly available in Queensland and New South Wales. But anyone who's tried their full range would readily accept it's one ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
Strength
8.5%
Stockists

Fortitude Brewery

Good beer stockists on the East Coast

Noisy Minor Patersbier

Tapped March 9th, 2015
It's hard to come across a Belgian style beer bearing the name "Pater" – especially one with a stained glass window for its label – without thinking of possibly the most inappropriate label to appear on a beer: that for Beer Here's delicious Malus Pater. This one is far more tastefully decorated with the brewer's notes telling us: "Patersbier means 'Father’s Beer' - the beer the monks drink at their table after a long day brewing dubbels and tripels. It is lighter in alcohol ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Session Ale
Stockists

Fortitude Brewery

Noisy Minor Admiral Ackbar

Another Noisy Minor beer to find favour with drinkers wherever it lands, this "anti-imperial red ale" was one of three beers from the brewery to make the top 15 in the 2014 Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll. Brewer's notes: We loved the lithe coquettishness of last year’s Red Ryeding Hood, but this year we wanted to make our Red Ale release a little more forthright. Enter the cult champion of Anti-Imperial Forces, Admiral Ackbar. This is a big warming malty ale with a ton of Nelson ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Red Ale
Strength
8.5%

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