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BLACK COCKATOO THE WINNING BEER IN EUMUNDI ‘BREWED BY EU’ COMP


Sunshine Coast beer lovers have cast their votes in Eumundi Brewery’s ‘Brewed By EU’ competition, and the winning beer is…. drum roll … the Black Cockatoo Smoked Lager!

Passionate home brewer Josh Batten of Peregian Springs came up with the winning beer idea, beating over 300 entries from across the Sunshine Coast.

Head Brewer at Eumundi Brewery, Chris Sheehan, said the competition challenged people to develop the story and flavour combinations for a beer inspired by Eumundi and the Sunshine Coast.

“The Black Cockatoo Smoked Lager will now be a limited release Eumundi brew – to be sold on tap at select pubs across the Sunshine Coast from this week,” Chris said.

“We’ve also canned 500 cartons of Black Cockatoo, which will be available from The Imperial Hotel in Eumundi and in select bottle shops across the Coast.

As the competition winner, Josh was presented with a cheque for $5000 along with a carton of Eumundi beer each month for 12 months to share with friends.

In naming his beer the Black Cockatoo Smoked Lager, Josh said he wanted to acknowledge the bird as a spectacle with its colour and proud stature – just like this beer!

“My unique ingredients were peat smoked malt and cold brew coffee and I was inspired to create a beer that reflected the bushfires of 2019, and the rural fire brigade who put their lives on the line to protect our community,” Josh said. “The crisp, clean body and hint of smokiness reminds us of the formidable beauty of our landscape.”

Impressed with Josh’s acknowledgement of the firies, the team at Eumundi Brewery also announced a $5000 donation to the Eumundi Rural Fire Service from The Eumundi Brewery Community Fund – set up in 2016 to take a portion of Eumundi beer sales made throughout Australia for the benefit of Sunshine Coast community organisations.

When asked what he plans to do with his prize money, Josh replied that he’s keen for a road trip to explore Western Australia – with a few visits to legendary craft breweries on the cards.

The can design for the winning beer was illustrated by artist Sam McKenzie, born and bred in Eumundi.

The runner-up was a beer called Sunshine Trinity Sour – combining flavours of pineapple, ginger and macadamia, and was entered by Deb Munro of Sippy Downs. Her inspiration came from iconic Sunshine Coast landmarks The Big Pineapple and The Ginger Factory.

Sue Battisti of Buddina won the Brewed By EU Voting Competition.


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