Beers for Girls on the Coast
A Girls Guide to the Best Jugs on the GC
With craft beer on the rise, including fresh and fruity varieties, a growing number of chicks are hopping over to chilled bottles and frothy pints.
Beer culture is often reserved for the boys, so we receive a lot of recommendations based on maltiness and manliness. Whether you’re craft beer obsessed or picking up a schooner for the first time, here’s the hottest hops for chicks on the coast.
Bine Bar and Dining sports Homer Simpson’s philosophy: “Here’s to alcohol; the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems”.
Craft beer is matched with food, and a selection of bottled beers offers something for everyone, transforming the bar into a popular local hangout. Give Matilda Bay’s Dirty Granny a go. This matured apple cider is like the crisp bite of whole apples and has a deep, dirty colour.
After over a decade in the business, these guys have got it downpat. Lose a few hours working your way through a tasting platter on Friday night or Sunday afternoon, or skip straight to schooners of the good stuff. With a 24 taps, local food trucks and live music, it’s hard to pass.
The dangerously delicious Daisy Duke brew flirts with blackberries, creating a pale pink beer that girls are programmed to love. She’s light, sweet and can dance all night long.
Set yourself in for the night because there’s a long drinks list and you’ve gotta try them all. Brookvale Union’s Ginger Beer is made with Australian ginger from the Australian ground. House of Brews label this one as “the best damn ginger beer you will ever drink”.
Pirate Life Brewing lost power for 12 hours after a storm. Rather than discarding the beer, they turned it into a sour. Thus, the Apricot Berliner Weisse was born. Easy drinking for a hot day.
Lover’s of espresso martini’s rejoice! Ballistic Beer Co’s Life On The Hedge is a brown ale paired with Hedge Espresso’s coffee beans. Good for cold nights, or your standard sesh.
Just a hop, grain and a malt away, Stone & Wood has two convenient locations at Murwillumbah or Byron Bay. They love locals and created a range of beers to reflect their philosophy, brewed and bottled in the Northern Rivers.
All-year beers include the Pacific Ale, which – if you think just hard enough – has slight tones of passionfruit. Seasonal beers include The Gatherer; a crisp combination of watermelon, mint and cucumber. Dive in if you’re feeling fruity.
In early 2016, local surf legends Mick Fanning, Josh Kerr, Joel Parkingson, Bede Durbidge and head brewer Scott Hargrave produced their first beer. Now, Balter is stocked in pretty much every bar and restaurant on the coast.
Balter HQ is located in Currumbin and operates with an open door policy. Tours, tastings, food vans and a fun crew will draw you in, but the IPA will keep you coming back. As described by the boys themselves: “Drinking this IPA is like frolicking naked through a spring forest, then dive bombing off a mandarin-scented waterfall”. Raise your glass for a hard-earned pine and citrus cheers after a long day.
This burger joint is home to some of the best craft beers on the Gold Coast. Twelve taps are on a regular rotation with beers from near and far, including Two Birds Brewing, Noisy Minor Brewing Co and Brookvale Union.
Black Hops Brewing’s Pink Mist is a delicate raspberry saison with Nelson Sauvin & Citra hops. Beautifully pink with a berry tartness. Black Hops also brew an Eggnog Stout, dry and Irish with subtle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla bean and French brandy.
With doors open to all for swapping tales and drinking ales, this is a house of character. The brewery is open Wednesday through to Sunday, so stop by and enjoy live entertainment underneath the big fig tree.
If you’re after something fruity, The Hazy One is a cloudy pale lager that offers maximum refreshment. Feeling a little more adventurous? The Rosy One is a toasty, caramel ruby lager bound to impress.
This Mount Tamborine Brewery offers a good session and a good session demands a good beer. These guys focus on easy drinkability with plenty of flavour.
Roots and Leaves is a ginger beer that won’t turn your face inside-out. Ginger root and fruity hop are the focus of this ginger beer, and a hint of sweetness on the finish keeps it hot in your hand. You won’t be able to sit this one down.
About the Author
I’m a creative-visualist that loves bees, beers and devouring well-written books. A 70s babe, born in the 90s. I appreciate marmalade skies, write poems exploring female sexuality and equality and walk barefoot along off-beaten tracks. You’ll find me searching through vintage stalls, staring at obscure art, helping out at local markets, crowd surfing at live music events and sampling every acai the coast has to offer. As a certified Nutritional Therapist, I advocate sustainable living in the sun, the salt and the studio, a statue in Warrior II.