Your Mates Brewing

It’s the age old story. Mate meets mate. Mate dreams about making beer for the Sunshine Coast with mate. Mate opens brewery that serves up rippin’ brews with mate. At least, that’s the story of Hep and McGarry, the duo behind Your Mates Brewing.

Perhaps you heard of them when they started gypsy brewing in 2015, when their pale ale Larry first showed up on the scene. Maybe you met them in 2017, while they were slinging brews at The Basement in Nambour, or in 2018 at their temporary taproom in Moffat Beach. Whether you joined their story at the beginning, or are just meeting them for the first time, you’ll find they like to keep it simple: good times, and good beers, with good mates.

Their brewery in Warana on the Sunshine Coast is a friendly, beery oasis in an industrial area – just look for the big Larry out the front. The moment you step inside, you feel like you’re at a mate’s place: on your left is the pool room, waiting for you to grab a cue; on your right is a gallery wall, showing photos of Hep and McGarry sinking tinnies, catching fish, and drinking beer out of an Akubra.

Walk in a little further and you’re met with lofty ceilings covered in timber rafters, polished concrete keeping things cool, merch on the walls, and seating for 150. There’s a stage for live music and a couple of TV screens to keep the big kids entertained. There's even a playground for the little ’uns – the whole family’s welcome at Your Mates.

But, of course, what makes this the best room in the house is the abundance of beer. Between their two brew kits, Your Mates can brew 3,000 litres of beer at a time, and have ten times that amount bubbling away in the 14 fermenters… not to mention all the kegs they can fit in their mammoth cold room.

Larry (Australian pale ale) and Macca (lager) are your best buddies on a sunny day, but they’re not the only ones looking to hang out. The staff are always happy to have a yarn about all 12 beers on tap, including a bunch of small batches and experimental styles only available at the brewpub.

And it wouldn’t be a brewpub without pub grub. There’s a full kitchen pumping out bites, burgers, parmy, bangers and mash, and Larry’s Braised Beef with beer gravy. It goes without saying there’s also plenty of seafood, a must-have for a Sunny Coast watering hole.

When it’s time to head home (even your mates need a break from you), grab a growler full of your favourite beer, or a four-pack of tinnies to take with you. Take Larry with you to a BBQ, because he’s always the life of the party. Or sit around a fire with Donnie, the dark ale who brings his smoky aroma and smooth style with him everywhere he goes.

On a day when you can’t make it in to the brewpub, don’t worry – Your Mates can always be found up and down the coast, or even on occasion chilling in Brisbane, ready for good times. Frothin’.

Mick Wust

Name
Your Mates Brewing
Address

41 Technology Drive
Warana
QLD 4575

Phone
(07) 5329 4713
Regular events

Happy Hour (beer & wine for $5) – 3pm to 5pm
Fri & Sat: Live Music – 6pm to 9pm

Open Hours

Wed, Thurs & Sun: 11am to 9pm
Fri & Sat: 11am to 11pm

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Free Tasting Paddle at Your Mates

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Your Mates Brewing Regulars

Your Mates Macca

Brewer's notes: Macca likes to keep it simple. Cold beer and good mates are Macca’s secret to happiness. Always outdoors, he loves fishing but he may not always catch as many as he reports his legendary stories. Don’t let this middy fool you, this beer still has some guts. With just enough malt flavour, this beer tastes a whole lot like beer. This one’s specially designed for a big day out on the water and tastes even better if you catch something!… Read more
Style
Mid-strength Lager
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Your Mates Donnie

It's one of those interesting quirks that, for all that Queensland once had a reputation as a place where craft beer was highly unlikely to catch on (and we can see how well that prediction turned out...), it's also been a place that, even prior to it becoming the powerhouse it is now, you'd likely find something dark on tap. It might be Carlton Black in a surf club or an English-inspired malt-led beer at a more beer focused venue, but clearly there was always at least some level of appetite for… Read more
Style
Dark Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Your Mates Larry

If the brewing company name wasn't enough, or if you hadn't spent time in the breezy company of Your Mates founders Matt Hepburn and Christian MacGarry, the approach they've taken to their beers should make it clear this Sunshine Coast crew is all about embracing laid-back Aussie good time vibes. Hence Larry, their first release and flagship beer. complete with "summer-lovin’, party-shirt wearin’" namesake on the tinnies. It's a pale ale that sits very much in the easy-drinking category,… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Your Mates Brewing Specials

Your Mates Apple Cider

Tapped February 1st, 2019
Their catch-cry may be "good beer", but they make a crackin’ cider as well. It made sense to Your Mates to use the best apples they could get their hands on, so they looked no further than Stanthorpe, which is famous for growing top quality apples. They used 800 litres of juice in the ferment, plus 200 litres to blend back and return some of the sweetness and flavour to the mix. The resulting cider is a light lemon colour, with a touch of cloudiness. It’s not sugary, like those alcopop… Read more
Style
Apple Cider
ABV
5.0%

Your Mates Mango Saison & Lychee Saison

Tapped February 1st, 2019
Who doesn’t love a split batch beer? Your Mates brewed a batch of saison, divided it in half, then added different fruit to the two halves: one half was blended with mango puree, while the other half features lychee puree. In the mango version, there are two aromas vying for your nose, as the ripe mango sweetness and banana esters take turns stealing your attention. The liquid is almost opaque in appearance, and you can feel that thick texture in your mouth as you drink. This saison is a big,… Read more
Style
Fruit Saisons
ABV
5.0%

Your Mates Pineapple XPA

Tapped February 2nd, 2019
This beer’s got Queensland written all over it. With the Big Pineapple providing the inspiration, and Tropico Fruits in Yandina providing the fresh Australian pineapple concentrate, it’ll be hard for you not to taste the Sunshine Coast in every sip. The acid from the pineapple brings a whisper of sour to the aroma. But, even though this beer’s full of pineapple and dry-hopped with two pineapple-y hops (El Dorado and Chinook), pineapple isn’t the only flavour you'll pick up: it also offers… Read more
Style
Pineapple XPA
ABV
4.8%
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