Sandgate Bowls Club plans microbrewery

The Sandgate Bowls Club has signed an agreement with Sandgate Brewing Company to build a microbrewery and brewpub at the sporting facility north of Brisbane.

An application has been submitted to the Brisbane City Council, which includes plans for a brewery, beer hall and deck and bench-style seating for up to 96 people. There is also to be a children’s play area and a brand new kitchen.

Pending Government and Council approval, Sandgate Bowls chairman Ian Connell told Brisbane radio that he’s hoping to revitalise the bowling club with a brewing business.

“Sandgate doesn’t have a club, it’s crying out for a decent club, a family friendly club,” Connell said in an interview on Radio 4BC.

The proposal outlines that the production facility will brew three days a week, with a serve-on-site model in mind. Limited distribution is planned but no canning or bottling will occur on site.

It has been reported that the proposed microbrewery is expected to be “low key in scale, nature and employment”.

Council documents lodged in June last year show the microbrewery will be located in a 60 sqm area, which is currently mostly occupied by a stage.

While there has been no approval from council yet, Connell is optimistic.

“The public consultation process has gone well, there have been no rejections through that process,” he said.

The club is waiting on a 10-year lease approval, so they can be commercially viable to begin construction.

Sandgate Bowls had a tough start to the year when it was forced to close for several days because the Sandgate RSL Memorial Club was voted into liquidation in January.

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