Cheers! Heads of Noosa Celebrate 1 Year

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Reaching and celebrating your first birthday in any business is a significant milestone that needs to be savoured. John Caruso corners Craig and Lance from Heads of Noosa Taproom and discovers locally-brewed beers that will leave you asking for more.

At IN Noosa Magazine we love being part of local success stories so when the Editor-in-Chief ‘dobbed’ me in to act as master of ceremonies to help blow the candles on the Heads of Noosa birthday cake, I cleared my Saturday schedule.

I’d tasted the Heads of Noosa Japanese Lager at the IN Noosa Magazine summer launch party last December, and I could still taste that crisp, clean amber flavour every time I spoke about this particular brew.

It turns out that it’s not just me with the Japanese Lager coming in at number 45 against more than 2,500 beers in Australia’s largest public beer poll, the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers, in early 2020. In fact, all five Heads of Noosa brews earnt a place in the ‘New Craft Beers of 2019’ with the Japanese Lager coming in at number 6, making it the highest-ranked pale lager.

This achievement followed up from May last year when the Japanese Lager, Summer Dusk, Bock and Pilsner all picked up medals, including Gold for Summer Dusk at the largest annual beer competition in the world, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

Brisbane born and bred brothers Craig and Lance Masterton always felt a connection to Noosa and when their passion for brewing beer evolved into plans for building their own brewery, the Rene Street location in Noosaville with its shiny silver tanks and pipes (and 300 solar panels!) became the culmination of that big dream.

“The goal was to produce beers that are unique and balanced, which means one component doesn’t outweigh the other. It all has to work in perfect unison and ultimately it has to taste great,” Lance explains.

All Heads of Noosa Brewing Co beers are produced and packaged on-site and I highly recommend a Brewery Tour to fully appreciate the craftsmanship, attention to detail and environmental initiatives – plus, the beer paddle at the end is a great way to sample the range!

A big part of their philosophy and approach is the camaraderie and social aspect of enjoying a beer with a mate. The amber ale was certainly flowing for the hundreds of well-lubricated revellers who came to celebrate and also chow down on chicken wings, burgers and fries.

Cheers to the next twelve months!

Want more?

The Heads of Noosa Brewing Co Taproom is located in Noosaville. Enjoy beer samples with a full menu and views of the brewery. Brewery Tours are also available. Check the website for opening hours.

About the Author /

After 30 years in radio, John now runs the Conversations IN Noosa podcast and in between being our writer, sanity checker, accounts manager, event MC, and delivery boy; he spends time with his first love, recording a daily Drive program for regional radio from home (often in his pyjamas); and presenting Saturday mornings on Hot 91.1. He has previously worked for FoxFM Melbourne, Triple M Brisbane and SeaFM, as well as managing and presenting on ABC Sunshine Coast.

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