Top Craft Beer Breweries
Top Craft Beer Breweries

The Gold Coast's Top Craft Beer Breweries

The Gold Coast's microbrewing industry is going from strength to strength. Whether you're eager to sample the creations of craft masters or to try your own hand at brewing, here are some of the finest independent breweries that have opened their doors throughout the region.

Aardvark and Arrow
Varsity Lakes

Choose from more than 100 unique beers at this commercial-quality brewery, or invite fellow beer enthusiasts to join you for a day of creative and challenging brewing. Prices start at $160 for the brewing and bottling experience, which includes expert mentoring.

Black Hops Brewing
Burleigh Heads

A labour of love started by three Queenslanders passionate about craft beer, Black Hops Brewing has already earned a strong reputation for its quality range of ales, stouts and limited edition brews available at bars throughout the state. They plan to open a Cellar Door in the Gold Coast in the near future.

Distinctly Burleigh Brewing Company
Burleigh Heads

Under the guidance of an internationally trained brew-master, Distinctly Burleigh Brewing Company is a microbrewery with a difference, favouring traditional methods for more authentic flavours. Laid-back Burleigh Heads is the perfect setting for this retro approach, and beer enthusiasts can take a tour of the brewery before sampling the range of European-style beers and ales.

Gold Coast Brewery

With commercial-grade brewing equipment, a huge variety of flavours and total control over the finished product, Gold Coast Brewery offers the ultimate DIY brewing experience, with prices ranging from $170 to $198 per person. You can create a riff on your favourite Australian and international beers, from XXXX to Corona, or come up with your own distinctive brew with help from the experts, taking you from the recipe to packaging in stubbies, cans or kegs.

Laughing Lizard Brewing Company

One of the region's most versatile brewers, Laughing Lizard's repertoire ranges from light, crisp beers to dark, smoky ales, and visitors to the brewery can create their own flavours too. Rates start at $27 per brewed carton, with a minimum volume of 50 litres or six cartons, which includes every stage of the process over a two-week period from brewing and fermentation to bottling and capping.

Pickled Pig Brewery
Tweed Heads South

Specialising in organic beers, the Pickled Pig range is free from chemicals, preservatives and hangovers. Take a tour of the family-run brewery to see where the magic happens for $20 per person, or $25 including a BBQ lunch.

Beachfront beers at The Strand Coolangatta
Quench your thirst after a day at the beach with the Gold Coast's best craft beers on tap at the cosy bars and pubs of The Strand Coolangatta.

Enjoy the full spectrum of local flavours at Bin 72 and Griffith St Larder.