White Lies Brewing opened its second venue, White Lies II, in the Brisbane suburb of Seventeen Mile Rocks on October 27. According to The Weekend Edition, owner Lee McAlister-Smiley opened his Sumner taproom in 2016 but decided to open a second venue when he maxed out the original brewery’s production capacity. The Sumner taproom “is now primarily a distillery for White Lies’ small-batch-spirit-making offshoot, Ginesis.” Meanwhile, the new 260-person taproom has 30 taps and 24 beers. It may introduce live entertainment, with McAlister-Smiley explaining that they “are trying to strike that balance between a family-welcome place and something that’s a little more mature.” The team shared via Facebook that since the taproom’s kitchen is not yet operating, they currently have a food truck on-site while McAlister-Smiley secures a kitchen operator.
In a late October blog post, Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours shared that Coolum Beer Co was set to open in November. Situated in the Coolum industrial area, the brewpub “is planned to have… a small brewery and canning line with a focus on taproom sales.”
Ten Toes Brewery, which already has a venue in Alexandra Headland, opened a new production site, taproom and restaurant in North Buderim on November 2. The venue has 12 taps and is currently hiring.
In an early November media release, Perentie Brewing Co. shared that it will open its “bespoke, local brewery” at Distillery Road Market on December 16. The venue “houses a bespoke 6 million-dollar, purpose-built brewery specialising in authentic lager beers” that has one million litres of brewing capacity. It also has a beer garden, a kitchen with a seasonal menu and seating for more than 200 people.
Moreton Bay Council approved Buddy Brewing’s material change of use development application on October 23. In its approval notice, the council specified that the microbrewery and distillery must “limit distilling to less than 2500L per annum.”
The owners of Stony Creek in the Laidley Valley shared via email that Stony Creek is “currently a brewery in planning” and they “hope to have a commercial license by the end of this year.”