Moffat Beach Brewing Co (Caloundra)

Just because a waterfront brewery is busy doesn’t mean the beer is any good. After all, a view of the ocean can cover a multitude of sins. So, if you were to catch a glimpse of the buzzing crowd at Moffat Beach Brewing’s brewpub on Seaview Terrace, you could be forgiven if you wondered whether the view of the Pacific was the best thing it had going for it.

Head in and taste the beer and you’ll quickly change your tune.

Matt and Shaz Wilson’s business came to life in 2012 not as a brewery, but as a café that didn’t yet have beer taps. By late 2020, they’d opened their second location, the Production House, since the demand for their beer was far greater than their Beachside Brewery could provide. (They’d exceeded capacity well before this, but opening a production brewery is not exactly a quick process.)

Obviously, a lot happened in those intervening eight years.

From getting a liquor licence and installing a tap system, to Matt taking up homebrewing as a way to educate himself about beer before installing a 300 litre brewhouse in the back of the café, through to winning Champion Small Independent Brewery at the 2018 Indies awards and Champion Australian Independent Brewpub in 2020. You can read more about Moffat Beach Brewing’s story here; on the brewing front, it’s a real zero-to-hero journey.

In the meantime, if you want to drink this hero beer at the source, you first have to decide which “source”.

The Beachside Brewery is a funky little brewpub in a prime spot. Inside, the walls are plastered with posters and the food and drink options are plentiful. Start with a coffee and a breaky bowl (or breaky burger if that’s more your thing), and before you know it the beers will be flowing and you’ll be perusing the lunch and dinner menu. The stainless steel brewhouse huddles shyly in the corner, but it becomes the backdrop for live musicians on the weekend as they bring acoustic tunes from between the tanks.

You could go the whole day without straying far from here: there’s a park and playground across the road, the expansive beach beyond, and a stunning lookout over the headland (if you’re willing to walk up the hill).

You have to admit Moffat Beach Brewing’s original location is hard to beat; when you pull up a stool in the courtyard, sip on the champion Moff’s Summer Ale and look out over the eponymous Moffat Beach, you find yourself thinking: “This is the life.”

But if you’re willing to step away from the beach to focus on the beer for a while, the Production House on Caloundra Road offers the full brewery experience.

Unlike the 300 litre kit squeezed into the back of their café, the equipment here was designed for efficient processes, comfortable manoeuvring and with room to grow. It’s a flashy four-vessel Tiantai system that puts out 20hL batches with ease.

Or, as Matt puts it: “This is a whole ‘nother beast.”

The brewhouse is a real showpiece that dominates the area. It’s elevated and blue-lit, giving the impression of tall machines on long legs watching over the taproom’s population. (Yes, I’ve been thinking about War of the Worlds a lot recently. Doesn’t everyone?)

Every table in the venue offers not only a view of the stainless steel monsters, but also a direct line of sight to the bright green shipping container that delivers the precious beer. Every inch of the shipping container is part of a hop bine mural painted free-hand by local artist Steve Bordonaro.

But, while the visual masterpiece draws the eyes, it’s the long row of taps that excites the tastebuds. There are more of Moffat Beach Brewing’s beers on offer than you could responsibly drink in a couple of hours, so you’ll never be short of beers to try or excuses to come back.

Moffat Beach Brewing may have gone from being a hidden gem to shining like a diamond on display. But whether you’re a local, a daytripper, or you’ve scored yourself a beachfront apartment for a few weeks, you’ll want to make yourself familiar with Matt and Shaz’s baby.

Mick Wust

Name
Moffat Beach Brewing Co (Caloundra)
Address

51 Caloundra Road
Caloundra West
QLD 4551

Phone
(07) 5491 4023
Open Hours

Wed to Sun: from midday

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Moffat Beach Brewing Co (Caloundra) Regulars

Moffat Beach Deadbeat Boyfriend

Many of us have had that strange first encounter with a cream ale when we tasted it and thought, “This tastes like a lager. Where’s the creaminess?” No one really knows where the name came from, but it was likely meaningless marketing fluff, not unlike the way ‘premium’ gets used today. But as an American style designed to compete with German lagers over a century ago, it does alright. When Matt Wilson needed a sessionable lager-like beer for his customers at his tiny Moffat Beach brewery,… Read more
Style
Cream Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Moffat Beach Moff's Summer Ale

You’d think a beer that could take out Grand Champion Beer at the 2020 Indies awards must have it easy. But have some sympathy for Moff’s Summer Ale; it doesn’t fit neatly into a standard style for competition guidelines. Is it an Australian pale ale? No, it doesn’t quite fit the bill; while there’s passionfruit and mango, there’s also a solid dose of heady honeydew and resin American hop characters shining through that keep it from fitting in here. So is it an American pale ale? No,… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.5%

Moffat Beach Brewing Co (Caloundra) Specials

Moffat Beach Hazed & Confused

Tapped February 19, 2021
When Matt Wilson fell in love with IPAs years ago, they were always bitter – it’s one of the things he loved about them. So the recent movement of hazy IPAs being low in bitterness didn’t appeal to him at all, and he resisted making one for a long time. But, on a research trip to the States in 2019, he found that he enjoyed a number of the hazy IPAs he tried, so when he returned home he finally gave in and brewed one. Hazed & Confused is stuffed with Mosaic, Galaxy, Amarillo, Strata and… Read more
Style
Hazy IPA
ABV
5.9%
Bitterness
80 IBU

Moffat Beach Cereal Killa

The cereal in the beer’s name refers to the oatmeal that gives this stout its body, but that’s not the only connection this beer has to breakfast. Cereal Killa is the colour of strong black coffee with a head like Coco Pop milk, and it smells like someone’s turned the dial on the toaster all the way up to six. It rolls gently over the tongue – not too heavy, not too light, but just right – leaving a roasty and bitter trail, with an edge of cola and dark chocolate creeping in. Of course,… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
ABV
5.5%

Moffat Beach Swamp Creek Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout

Swamp Creek sounds like a body of water you might find in the depths of southern USA, complete with ‘gators, clouds of ‘skeeters, and rafts made from bourbon barrels. (Yes, I’m woefully ignorant about that part of the world. I did watch To Kill A Mockingbird in high school, though.) But it’s in Caloundra, not far from from Moffat Beach, and so this Deep-South-sounding creek is perfect to lend its name to a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. The barrel in question held Kentucky bourbon then… Read more
Style
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
ABV
9.0%

Moffat Beach Beach Shack

If Matt and Shaz Wilson had a dollar for every person who walked into their brewpub on Moffat Beach and asked for a "normal beer"… well, they’d have a bunch more dollars than they currently do. Of course, what those people mean is: "Do you have an easy-drinking lager?" And since Matt never had enough tank space for lagering in the cosy brewpub, he never brewed a lager there. But, when Moffat Beach Brewing opened their larger Production House, Beach Shack Lager was one of the… Read more
Style
Aussie Lager
ABV
4.5%

Moffat Beach Iggy Hop

Iggy Hop is a cult favourite at Moffat Beach. Regular customers who used to drink only lagers and balked at any hint of hop bitterness now order schooners of resinous Iggy Hop Double IPA, and complain every time it goes off tap. All American hops Chinook, Simcoe and Mosaic come together in a belting power chord. Grapefruit toffee resonates in the air, and the beer itself tastes like savoury resin and head banging. Between the big flavour, the booze, and the bitterness, this is a beer that just doesn’t… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.2%
Bitterness
80 IBU

Moffat Beach Girl IPA (Retired)

“Wednesday’s child is full of woe hops.” This beer may find something of a kindred spirit in Wednesday Addams (as pictured on the label and masterfully portrayed by Christina Ricci in the early 90s films); her incisive words and dry humour meet their match in the biteyness and dry finish of Girl IPA. But Wednesday’s taciturn demeanour isn’t mirrored here, since this beer doesn’t hold anything back, but shares as much of itself as it can. Pawpaw, grapefruit zest, and a touch of mango braid… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
7.2%