Taste of Tamborine - Gold Coast Departure
- Duration: 6 Hours
We start the day with a visit to one of the Coast's best bars, Sandbar, where we will settle in with a tasting paddle of some local and domestic beers to get the ball rolling. It's here, across from the crashing waves, we will discuss how to taste beer as well as the main ingredients that make up this tasty tipple.
Onward we go to a tiny micro-brewery in a residential garage: Madocke Brewing, focusing on the unique and tasty Belgian beer styles. The owners will go through the different styles as you taste your way through a delectible experience!
From here, we settle in for a leisurely drive (about 30 minutes) up Mount Tamborine. Take in the scenery, chat with your fellow beer lovers and share stories during the trip, or maybe play some trivia and win prizes!
Upon arrival at Fortitude Brewing we will see the working brewery and all the equipment involved in producing some delicious beer. We warm your palate up with a tasting paddle of their core beers to accompany your pre-ordered pizza.
Once your belly has a a lining on it, we’ll give you some free time to explore the Gallery Walk on your own (30-45 minutes depending on time), where you can pick up souvenirs, taste fudge or even mix up the day by sampling some local wines (at your own cost) before heading down the hill to our final stop of the day.
A short drive down from Fortitude Brewing is the discreet entrance to one of the many incredible breweries on Mount Tamborine - but you wouldn't have any idea it's here. This is because we have exclusive access to visit Beard & Brau at the source! Owner/brewer Chris "Fish" Herring makes small batch brews on his farm in Tamborine and has just celebrated his tenth anniversary in Queensland. Have a chance to talk all things beer and try some of the best around!
Be aware that the road down is a bit windy, so if you suffer from motion or car sickness, please ensure you have something to combat it or sit near the front of the van.
Alterntaively, we might head back to the coast for a visit to Black Hops Brewing, where the crew have built an intimate venue with a tasting room perfectly structured to sample their core range (and special cellar-door releases) of delicious beers. Speak to the brewers, learn about the brewing process and see how everything functions by getting up close and personal.
Once back in the city, we will drop you off at your original pick-up location or one of our partner pubs, where you can keep drinking delicious beer to your hearts’ content.
Don't forget to bring a photo ID with you. All your friends may know you're of-age, but it's only the first time we've met, and we'd hate for you to get turned away from any of the breweries by looking too young to appreciate good brews.
Please note that we are visiting working breweries and it’s suggested you wear close-toed shoes so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Also, since they don’t always run on a set schedule, we will try and catch the brewers in action but that can’t always be guaranteed; keep an open mind on the day because no matter what or who we see, the beers are always epic. Sometimes the itineraries will change at a whim; this may be because of traffic, a last-minute decision from the brewery or any number of things, so we ask for your patience and flexibility.