If you missed getting along to the April Brewhouse Bash….here’s some of the fun you missed out on!
Burleigh Brewing recently held its first ever “Field Day” at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat – a staff retreat with a difference.
In typical Burleigh Brewing fashion our Field Day lasted 2 days – we’re not really sticklers for rules. Unless it’s to do with our beer! There weren’t any daggy ice breakers or structured team building activities. As organised as we got was a team scavenger hunt which at best could be described as organised chaos!
Field Day was an opportunity for the Burleigh Brewing team to catch up, relax, reflect, celebrate, appreciate and motivate! And drink delicious beer; did we mention the beer yet?
The inspiring surroundings were the perfect setting to get the creative juices flowing. With such a wide and varied range of activities on offer it’s amazing we managed to get any work done! The two days include a grape stomping competition (who made the buckets slippery?!), beer tastings and trivia, epic flying fox adventures, morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch, snacks (food…lots of food!), walking along world famous tracks and one very special twilight experience in spectacular surrounds.
After such a huge year, from Gold Medal wins to week long power outages, it was a great opportunity to look back at the last five years and to also look forward to the next five together.
We won’t try to explain the grandeur of the Lamington National Park, McPherson Ranges and the Great Dividing Range. Or try to explain the sheer terror of standing on a suspension bridge while 30m high up in the rainforest canopy or the sound that escapes people’s mouths the first time they run off the end of the platform to face the 180m long flying fox (or the words used during the 200m walk UP to the top of the flying fox!).
That’s what we have photo albums for! Check out the full selection of the photos from our trip to O’Reilly’s here.
It’s hard not to feel right at home when you walk into The Hub @ Varsity. It’s kind of like the friend’s house you went to every afternoon growing up where you could always walk in and help yourself to whatever was in the fridge – luckily there’s some super friendly staff to do that for you instead!
Graham and Sharon Bell have a passion for all things coffee. From specialty blends, top of the line equipment to coffee art on the walls – you know you’re in the right place for a good cup of joe. But like transformers – and there’s bound to be a few in the vast collection of knick knacks, memorabilia and treasures at The Hub – there’s more than meets the eye to this little venue.
There’s also a great love affair with beer going on! And luckily for us it’s Burleigh beer! With 4 taps dedicated to Burleigh brews and the full range in bottles you’ll never be left wanting. Graham and Tim (potential future son in law and Hub aficionado) have also been squirreling away some of our classics for a rainy day. If you’re lucky enough to pop in to The Hub on a day they’ve hooked up the Black Giraffe keg – get in while you can. They’re very proud that they must be the last venue on Earth with Black Giraffe still on tap! We’ve even asked to get on the secret text line to let us know the next time it’s on so we can drop everything and grab a schooner!
Oh and did we mention the food?
Being open from 6am to Midnight means you can have breakfast, lunch, dinner and every made up meal in between. There really is an option for everyone at The Hub. Yummy tapas and share plates as well as a set menu of crowd favourites. We couldn’t resist the special for the night when we went in recently for dinner, slow roasted lamb leg and veg, doesn’t get much better than that.
While The Hub is in the heart of Bond University you don’t have to be a Bond-ie to fall in love with the place. With bingo and trivia nights and live music most days of the week there really is something for everyone at The Hub.
I’m not sure what you’re up to this weekend but I know what I’ll be doing. Heading down to The Hub in the afternoon (pray for sun!) for some tapas, live music and good beer! Probably stay on for happy hour (no doubt the greatest hour ever invented!) and a FIGJAM on tap. You never know, I might just kick on to dinner as well!
Nostalgia? Reminiscence? Cogitation? We’ve been struck down by all three as we eagerly await the Quiky Pro to resume for Round 2 as we wait to watch the fate of Joel Parkinson.
We’re reminiscing about being able to help out Billabong by putting on beers for his ‘little’ homecoming party, with 1000 family, friends and fans at the Rainbow Bay Surf Club in late January. We were stoked to be able to be a part of such an awesome (and hopefully NOT once in a lifetime) event – to be able to provide a local beer for a local hero. We even took it a step further by giving him his own ‘Parko’ designer beer for the night!
There was a real sense of nostalgia throughout the afternoon and evening as we heard from friends and family, as well at the man himself about his journey to the 2012 ASP World Champ. His struggles, his high and lows and his happiness at finally nabbing the big one! Joel’s career has been a mixed bag of close calls, a few false starts, injuries and some impressive stats – 3 Triple Crowns, 2 Junior World Championships and now 1 World Title.
So as the 2013 tour begins, now too does the hard work, defending a world title. Burleigh Brewing wishes Parko all the best at Snapper and for the rest of the year. We’ll be cheering and toasting from the brewery!
Check out more photos over at our Facebook page
Jason Cleighton-Hills was a much loved brewer at Burleigh Brewing. Jason left the brewery in early 2012 to take on the full time care of he and wife Nicole’s young son. In his time away from the brewery, Jason has expanded his horizons and moved in to the world of organic beef and lamb.
While always a keen backyard farmer, boasting an impressive herb and vege garden (ask him about his tyre potatoes!) Jason has recently taken over the distribution of Kialla organic beef and become a farm partner. Kialla is a small, family owned and operated farm 22km south of Toowoomba in the beautiful Darling Downs region – a real slice of heaven. Run by Bruce Arkins and his family, the farm is 100% organic and is a member of the Biological Farmers of Australia. As Bruce says “we saw a need to improve the quality of beef being offered to the organic market, the lack of good quality British and European breeds was evident. Kialla suited this initiative”. Kialla also produces 100% organic lamb when in season.
All Kialla “organic beef” are grass fed, well-loved and looked after during their life on the farm. They are the epitome of stress free cattle. This care and attention is reflected in the quality of the product– a happy beast equals a happy feast. Kialla organic beef is never frozen and is cheaper, in most cases, than organic produce in supermarkets because you’re buying direct from the farm.
Kialla and Burleigh Brewing share a similar philosophy and ethos – quality products, lovingly hand crafted and raised, that are good for the local community and environment as well as truly delicious. If you headed to the farm on any given day you may see Bruce out in the paddock picking weeds by hand instead of using sprays and pesticides!
If 100% organic produce is important to you and you like to support local industry by buying direct from the farmer we highly recommend heading to http://www.kiallaorganic.com.au/ to learn more about the farm and its story and to place an order.
Jason delivers to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast areas regularly and depending on demand Jason can deliver to the Gold Coast as well. If you’re on the Gold Coast and you’d like to place an order contact us at the Brewery on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and we’ll start working on a Gold Coast delivery run. Alternatively you can call Jason on 0421078 154 to place an order.
Burleigh Brewing warehouse star Craig is very happy with his purchase!
We’ve been asked a few times, after posting this mouth watering image, for the spent grain beer bread recipe. Well now the wait is over…
Bread From Spent Beer Grains
1. The amount of spent grain should be no more than two thirds of the total dry ingredients. Flour will make up for the rest of the needed grains. The reason for this is that the spent grains do not have any ability to bond with the other ingredients. So if you use too much of it the bread will be crumbly or it may just fall apart.
2. If you don’t mind a few husks just throw the grains right in, If you would prefer to not have them, dry out the grains and either pulverize them in a food processor, or grind them again in your grain mill at a very fine setting.
3. Remember that the spent grains have a good amount of water in them that they soaked up during the mash so take that into account when adding liquids.
4. Be wary of roasted malts, they can add a harsh bitterness to your bread, so either make sure to not overuse them or counter act the bitterness with another flavour like sweetness.
So the next time you are finished making beer and you don’t want to just toss all that extra grain out. Turn the oven on and try making a loaf of bread to see how it turns out!
Here is a simple base recipe you can try or you can tweak to make your own. Happy brewing and then Happy baking!
Brewer’s Bread Recipe
To get a print friendly version of this recipe click here
This recipe was found on the internet and after testing a few different recipes this was found to be the easiest and best.
Enjoy! We’d love to hear your Beer Bread stories and see the results. Drop us a line at email@example.com
Being led by their fearless leader, Sir HEF, the Burleigh Brewing “Brew Team” have sacrificed their looks (and potentially their relationships!) to raise money for a range of men’s health initiatives including prostate cancer research and men’s mental health, through organisations Beyond Blue and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
The boys have undertaken a number of fundraising methods - hassling their friends and family and securing the Brew House Bash donation for November.
The Mo Sistas in the office have also been doing their part to help – baking delicious moustache biscuits to buy at the Brew House Bar on Friday nights for a small donation into “Movember” jar. So far we’ve raised nearly $100 this way.
As the end of the of the month is fast approaching we’re ramping up the fundraising efforts and we need your help!
Head on over to the Burleigh Brewing Mo Space to meet the team and make a donation to this truly worthy cause.
From everyone at Burleigh Brewing including the “Brew Team” – thank you!
Do you want to be the voice or sound of Burleigh Brewing?
Burleigh Brewing is running two very special competitions throughout the month of November and we want you to get involved!
We’re searching for the perfect voice to speak directly to our customers every day through our telephone system. You don’t have to be a pro, you just have to be distinctly different and distinctly Burleigh!
So you do have what it takes? Email firstname.lastname@example.org a sound file of your answer to the following question; “I want to be the voice of Burleigh Brewing because…”
Or maybe making music is more your thing? We’re also searching for musicians to compose an original Burleigh Brewing inspired track for our telephone hold music.
Because we’re real humans, based in Burleigh we work hard not to keep our customers on hold for hours on end, which means the jingle need to only be 30 – 60 seconds long.
Of course if you want to write us an epic ballad about Burleigh Brewing we’d love that too! We’ll crank up the sound system and play it throughout the Brewery!
Now the important stuff! Besides bragging rights, the winner of each competition will win a keg of their choice of Burleigh Brewing Beer (product choice subject to availability), so you can gather your friends for a party to celebrate your win! You’d need to collect the keg directly from the Brewery and return it a few days later when the party’s over. While you’re here collecting your winnings, we’ll shout you a beer and the Brewmaster will show you around!
For the avoidance of doubt and to ensure there are no unnecessary misunderstandings, we should probably also note that all entries will become the property of Burleigh Brewing.
Entries close for both competitions Friday 30 November 2012 with the winners to be announced shortly afterwards.