4 great local lagers from Heads of Noosa Brewery Co
Located in Noosa, Heads of Noosa Brewery is working to create beers that suit the Noosa and South East Queensland lifestyle, with sophisticated beers that are great to drink on a warm day or cooling evening. Their range now includes 4 great lagers that are now available at many venues across South East Queensland.
Craig Masterton and Lance Masterton were working at the stock market, when they decided to try something different, and moved to Noosa, where they could enjoy the Noosa and beach lifestyle while establishing a brewery which would complement that South East Queensland attitude.
In their marketing and promotional materials, they do tend to use a lot of pretentious language about being inspired by Noosa rocky headlands and so on. But setting all that aside, these are two guys who love to kick back with a great beer, and they have worked hard to create beers that reflect this. They are not only living the dream, but bottling it as well.
About their beers
Summer Dusk is their newest beer, and for the crowd at the night of the launch, this was probably the beer of choice. This is a subtly flavoured beer, but not one without taste. What you get is a great but gentle beer flavour with other undertones. The more you drink this, the more you like it.
Summer Dusk was the crowd favourite on the night of the launch
Bock Lager is probably my favourite, and this German-style lager is high in alcohol and flavour. This is something I would want to drink while eating a steak or some barbecued lamb. It is the beer you go for when you want just one or two drinks in an evening, and strongly flavoured beers like this are good during cooler weather.
Bock is a great German style lager from Heads of Noosa
The Japanese Lager is currently their most popular offering around South East Queensland and has that clean flavour you might associate with Asahi or other Japanese beers. I feel that this is something for the younger crowd who are into this style. But it is also a beer that pairs well with fish or, let's face it, sushi.
The Japanese Lager is the most popular offering from Heads of Noosa at the moment
Of course, not everyone wants to drink alcohol, and so they have Hop Valley H20 Sparkling Hop Water. With no alcohol and no sugar, this is a popular option for anyone who wants to avoid either of those 2 things.
Hop Valley Hop Water is a great no alcohol no sugar drink
They also have limited release brews, which are worth keeping an eye out for. You will find these at the Brewery or at bars that like to change what they offer on a regular basis.
It is good to see a startup brewery going for lagers. Due to their long shelf life, lagers have become the beer of choice for large scale manufacturing and distribution of beers. As a result, many younger drinkers and newer brewers are looking for something different, and the lager has fallen out of favour. But then of course, what goes around comes around in trends.
But a lager is the perfect beer for the Queensland lifestyle. To demonstrate this point, I once had a friend from York in England who moved to Australia for all the wrong reasons. He was most upset by Australia's love of cold lagers. Then one time I took him on a hike, and the last part of the hike was through open sun exposed countryside ending up at a pub. I told him not to drink any water because the first round would be a cold lager. Yes, he did finally understand why we drank lagers, and why the further north you go in Australia, the smaller the head on the beer. I didn't convert him permanently, but he did finally understand.
Heads of Noosa has shown that with a bit of passion and care, it is possible to create great lagers. So expect lagers to make a comeback among the discerning beer drinker, especially here in Queensland.
Where to get Heads of Noosa
If you are up at Noosa, you can visit their taproom, where not only can you enjoy the Heads of Noosa beers, including their limited releases, but you can also enjoy snacks, burgers and other meals. They also serve wine as well for people in your group who are not into beer.
Their beers are also being served across South East Queensland with more venues being added in all the time. So use their Beer Finder to find where you can get it on tap or in a bottle, as well as which bottle shops stock it.
Australians are drinking less, so people are looking for quality and variety. Heads of Noosa has 4 great lagers available at the moment. Each lager has its own very unique style, making it worth trying all of them to find what you prefer. Expect more to come from this brewery in the future.
The author attended the Heads of Noosa launch event as a guest