Hemingway's Brewery Port Douglas

What happens when two fishing mates return to the marina after chasing marlin all day and find there's nowhere to sit and enjoy a good craft beer while telling tales of the one that got away?

They simply decide to fix the problem by building their own brewpub at the marina.

It took co-owners Tony Fyfe and Craig Parsell less than 12 months from that lightbulb moment to open Hemingway’s Brewery at The Reef Marina in Port Douglas in June 2016.

As you might imagine, a brewpub called Hemingway’s has a few good yarns to tell. In fact, every ale has its own tale that describes an element of the region’s colourful past or the trailblazers who were part of it. Pitchfork Betty’s Pale Ale, for example, is inspired by a publican known to wield a pitchfork at rowdy patrons – but don’t worry, you won’t find her behind the bar, or the pitchfork for that matter.

The light and refreshing The Prospector Pilsner is Hemingway’s most popular beer and the core range includes Doug’s Courage IPA, 4 Mile White Lager, the mid-strength Mrs Watson’s Small Ale and Hard Yards Dark Lager.

The setting of this impressive gastro brewpub couldn’t be more idyllic. A large timber boardwalk overlooks superyachts moored in aqua waters with the mountains of the Atherton Tablelands rising in the distance.

It’s exactly what Tony and Craig envisioned. Now, when they return from a fishing trip yearning for that first beer, they are spoiled for choice — there are ten options on tap.

Hemingway’s opens daily from 8am, which is a good thing as the weather in Port Douglas (even at that hour) is, typically, perfect for drinking one of their brews crafted to suit the tropical climate.

While tourists make up a large percentage of the patronage at Hemingway’s – every year over 400,000 of them flock to this part of Far North Queensland (FNQ) – Tony says the brewpub is all about the local community. “We want the Port Douglas community to really own Hemingway’s,” he says.

The brewery team is on a genuine mission to educate the beer drinkers of FNQ with four taps on rotation featuring Australian and international craft beers and guest breweries a regular attraction. And, when you finish your education at the bar, staff will happily fill a two-litre growler or a one-litre can fresh from the tap for you to take home – think of it as a graduation ceremony.

Anthony Clem was appointed head brewer at Hemingway’s in June 2017. A former quality brewer at Lion, Anthony brings 15 years experience to the role and says he is enjoying the challenge of increasing the awareness of craft beer in FNQ by presenting a range of different beer styles and flavours.

With live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as a strong events calendar, Hemingway’s is a fun-filled venue offering plenty of entertainment year-round. Of course beer and entertainment is only part of the package with the venue very focused on its cuisine. The menu features a range of gourmet pizzas, burgers, tapas and barbecue-style fare. Much of the produce is sourced locally and the culinary team has infused Hemingway’s beers in many dishes. The ironbark smoked pork taco cooked in pale ale for 14 hours is a great example.

If you’re planning a party, a dedicated function space above the brewery with 180-degree views caters for small and large groups. And there’s more to come.

Hemingway’s Brewery will open a massive brewpub in a 1400 square metre heritage-listed space at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal in mid-2018 and plans are afoot for more venues down the track. It all makes for very exciting times on the FNQ craft beer front.

Philip Goslin

Name
Hemingway's Brewery Port Douglas
Address

44 Wharf Street
Port Douglas
QLD 4877

Phone
(07) 4099 6663
Website
Regular events

Live music: Fri & Sat from 5pm
Sun from 2pm

Hours

Daily: 8am to late

Tours

Book one day in advance on (07) 4099 6663

Hemingway's Brewery Port Douglas Regulars

Hemingway's Brewery 4 Mile White Lager

Hemingway’s Brewery added the 4 Mile White Lager to its core range early in 2017. Named after the iconic Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas it presents a pale ‘sandy’ colour — not unlike the beach itself. Brewed with 50 per cent wheat malt it is quite cloudy. This beer is very lightly hopped. There are some grassy notes coming through on the nose, but the aroma is certainly more yeast driven. It has a fruity estery profile with hints of banana and a slightly tart dry finish that makes it perfect… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.7%

Hemingway's Brewery Hard Yards Dark Lager

The Hard Yards Dark Lager is built upon a pilsner backbone, but it is the malts that do all the talking in this beer. Using a number of malts that you would typically associate with a porter, it is chocolate, coffee and biscuit characters that dominate here. The strong malt profile is backed up with a hint of bitterness from new world hops. It pours almost black thanks to the roasted barley with slight reddish hues. Despite the malt profile this is not a lingering heavy sweet beer but rather a light-bodied… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
4.7%

Hemingway's Brewery Doug's Courage IPA

Doug’s Courage IPA celebrates the spirited nature and fortitude of the Port Douglas pioneers and in many ways it is a reflection of them. It looks like a big bold beer and tastes like one as well. It features a huge dry hopping regime that makes way for an aromatic overload of American hops with citrus and pine flavours. This is balanced with some biscuity, caramel and toffee flavours from the malts. The massive hop build contributes to a hazy appearance and it presents as a rich dark amber American… Read more
Style
American IPA
ABV
5.6%

Hemingway's Brewery Pitchfork Betty's Pale Ale

Pitchfork Betty’s Pale Ale is named after a Port Douglas publican known to wield a pitchfork against rowdy patrons. You won’t find anyone with a pitchfork in hand at Hemingway’s, but you might run into head brewer Anthony Clem who has been doing the heavy lifting in the brewery since mid-2017. Anthony has been tweaking a few recipes to make brews “more true to style” and with this American style pale ale he has dropped the bitterness back a touch so the fruity Australian hop characters… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.1%

Hemingway's Brewery Mrs Watson's Small Ale

Designed to be an easy-drinking sessionable beer, Mrs Watson’s Small Ale is mid-strength (3.5 per cent) but certainly doesn’t taste like it. Using pale ale and caramel pilsner malts it is almost heading towards IPA territory from a malt-build perspective. The malts are balanced out with a big hop profile and an in-your-face aroma of citrus and pine. This American style ale is also dry hopped so there is a bit of astringency to it. It pours a deep orange amber colour and delivers tangerine and… Read more
Style
Mid-strength APA
ABV
3.5%

Hemingway's Brewery The Prospector Pilsner

Light and refreshing, The Prospector Pilsner is the most popular beer in the Hemingway’s range and this reflects the fact that it is the perfect crisp easy-drinking beer for the Far North Queensland climate. This German style pilsner drinks a little less bitter than you might expect from a pilsner and is very much malt driven with a pale malt backbone and a bit of Munich malt delivering its biscuity character. The malts certainly come through on the nose. This beer has quite a long maturation period… Read more
Style
German Pilsner
ABV
4.5%

Hemingway's Brewery Port Douglas Specials

Hemingway's Brewery Vienna Lager

Tapped September 30th, 2017
The Vienna Lager is a malt-driven lager. It has a typical lager backbone but is dry hopped making it a little unusual. It has a nice New Zealand hop aroma to it and a real bitterness with a dry finish.… Read more
Style
Vienna Lager
ABV
5.0%
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