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Beth McFadden3 years ago

Think you know your beers? Check out these bars

If you’re a beer fiend, like the rest of us, you’re probably always on the look out for new niche bars and craft brews. We’ve moved past the days of Coronas and VB; 2015 is the year of the craft beer. If you think you’ve got the inside scoop on the best craft beer bars on the Sunny Coast, think again. We’ve found three bars that you may have not heard of and they all serve up a huge range of unique beers on tap. Indulge in a creamy pilsner or hoppy pale at these bars on the Sunshine Coast.

Drift Bar

Try a craft beer of the royal kind, Drift Bar - Sunshine Coast
Try a craft beer of the royal kind, Drift Bar – Sunshine Coast

The Drift Bar is located right across from the ocean at Caloundra. Not enough to make you want to visit? What if I told you they have a dedicated tap that rotates kegs of craft beer? Try a Young Henry’s Natural Lager, famous for it’s clear and subtly citrus flavours currently on tap at the Drift Bar. More of an ale fan? Order a schooner of the Mountain Goat Fancy Pants – this is an American Amber Ale with sweet toffee malts and tropical fruit hops.

Drift Bar will definitely become one of your new favourite spots on the Sunny Coast, with their incredible food menu perfectly complimenting the huge range of brews they keep in stock. The Drift Bar certainly know a thing or two about a good brew, so if you think you’re an expert talk to the friendly team behind the bar – you might just find they have a few recommendations you’ve never heard of. You can even check out their monthly craft beer club if you’re truly obsessed with what makes a good beer.
Where: 30 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra QLD 4551

Taps

BYO bartender, Taps - Sunshine Coast
BYO bartender, Taps – Sunshine Coast

Taps is a friendly bar in Mooloolaba serving up delicious beers. Stone & Wood, Mountain Goat, Fortitude Brewing Company and more – you’ll find your premium beers on tap here. The best part? You get to serve yourself. Grab a glass, top up your token and try every beer on tap, or stick to your favourite and enjoy the novelty of being your own bartender for the evening.

Grab your friends and run down to Taps for a juicy burger alongside one of the many craft beers they stock. These are rotated every week, so keep your eyes peeled for that renowned pilsner you’ve been dying to try. It’s sure to pop up at some point!
Where: The Esplanade & Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba QLD 4557

The Post Office Bar & Restaurant

Do you even beer? The Post Office Bar - Sunshine Coast
Do you even beer? The Post Office Bar – Sunshine Coast

The Post Office is a restaurant, bar and beer garden in Maroochydore that exists to quench your craft beer thirst. If you’re after a relaxed environment for good food and beer, this is the place for you. Try international beers such as the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, or an O’Brien Premium Later brewed in the small town of Ballarat.

We understand not all of your friends may be as excited about the latest hoppy pale ale that’s just been released, so this place is the perfect compromise as they also mix up some incredible cocktail concoctions. Try one of their delicious meals for dinner, or check out their pizza and craft beer deal available every Sunday for a cheesy slice to match your IPA.
Where: 10 Ocean Street, Maroochydore QLD 4558

Forty Five 51

Dinner and a beer, Forty Five 51 - Sunshine Coast
Dinner and a beer, Forty Five 51 – Sunshine Coast

This hole in the wall bar is known for a few things including their incredible tapas selection and their craft beer stock. Pop down here for lunch and dinner from Tuesday through to Sunday and indulge in a huge range of craft beers in bottle and on tap. If you’d like to support a local brewery, Forty Five 51 stocks Sunshine Coast Brewery and Quiet Deeds beers – both brewed and bottled in Australia. Order an ale alongside a platter of soft shell crab or roast eggplant for a delicious dinner snack in this cosy bar.

If you want to try something really different on the beer front, make sure you check out the Rogue Mocha Porter. If you’re after a creamy, dark beer this one is for you; you’ll be amazed at the strong, authentic chocolate flavour. Other international beers you’ll be able to taste here include the Blue Moon White Ale or the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
Where: 115 Bulcock Street, Caloundra QLD 4551

What goes great with beer? Burgers. Check out the best burgers on the Sunny Coast here!

Is there a sneaky craft beer bar we haven’t included? Comment and let us know!

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