Brissie brewers crack the top off their fave summer brews | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Brissie brewers crack the top off their fave summer brews

Here at The G&G we understand two simple truths: the Queensland summer is painfully hot, and beer can make anything fun.

It’s merely days before we officially kick off the sweaty season, and this year, we thought we’d come prepared. We’ve reached out to our fave brewers in Brisbane for their thoughts on the ideal summer beer to guide us through the coming months of burning heat and disappointing cricket results.

Deale Stanley-Hunt | Slipstream Brewing Co.

Director and co-owner of Slipstream Brewing Co., Deale Stanley-Hunt is no stranger to the Brissie summer and is ready to share the secrets behind a most satisfying summer sip. For Deale, a summer beer shouldn’t be too heavy – he’s looking for a sweet spot of around 3.4 – 4.5% with plenty of tropical hops flavour and a dry finish.

This ethos is on full display in every sip of Slipstream’s Laguna Tropical Pale Ale; a shimmering, golden ale bursting with mango, pineapple and guava characteristics. Of course, it’s not a complete summer experience until you garnish with a little umbrella and wedge of pineapple.

In the spirit of the season, Slipstream are almost ready to start rolling out a selection of summer seasonals featuring an American Wheat Beer, White IPA, Tropical IPA and New World Pilsner.

Ross Begbie | Brisbane Brewing Co.

The perfect summer beer is all about keeping cool in the sweltering Brissie heat and according to Brisbane Brewing Co.’s head brewer, Ross Begbie, the key is something cold and fizzy.

Turning to his catalogue of craft creations, Ross recommends the appropriately named Sunshine Honey Wheat for a relaxing and refreshing summer beer, bursting with loads of orange blossom honey.

Brisbane Brewing Co.’s outdoor beer garden is open this summer and Ross reckons that it’s the perfect place for a pint (or three.) Grab your mates and enjoy a bite and a jug in the summer sun – all are welcome in the beer garden, even your furry, four-legged friends.

Lucy Martin | Archer Brewing

‘Tis the season to sample some wild and off the wall beers for co-owner of Archer Brewing, Lucy Martin. Every December, Lucy constructs a custom advent calendar of beers (because nobody understands the true meaning of Christmas like those in the brewing business,) leading to the discovery of some pretty unique brews. However, despite these flavourful adventures, Lucy insists that easy drinking is what’s really important when it comes to enjoying the perfect summer beer.

Lucy’s go-to for a solid summer sesh is Archer Brewing’s Pale Ale; easy drinking with just a hint of fruity flavour. She’s also a fan of the fruit beers from their Patch label, especially the Pine-Lime Ale which just screams summer refreshment.

Patch and Archer Brewing are both hard at work developing seasonal releases with the Queensland summer in mind and don’t forget to catch these labels at Scratch Bar’s annual celebration of sour brews, Weekend of Tartness, and the Sunshine Coast Craft Beer & Cider Festival; the ultimate place to put these summer drinking tips into practise.

Daniel Venema | Catchment Brewing Co

According to Daniel, who spends his days brewing at Catchment Brewing Co, the perfect beers for summer are light and refreshing, like fruited and lightly-soured brews.

Daniel’s looking forward to tapping their Sour Session Stout with blackberries and rosewater, brewed in conjunction with The Scratch, which will also be on show at Weekend of Tartness. 

For something a little different (and pretty darn true blue), he recommends Catchment’s Citrio – a pale ale brewed with lemon myrtle – which will be on offer at Catchment’s 3rd Birthday party featuring a free sausage sizzle and more brews than you can poke a paddle at!


Surviving the sun is a lot easier with a refreshing, fruity beer in your hand, and we’re lucky to have so many local brewers putting out products designed to make the most of the long, hot Queensland summer.

Words by Josh Schultz
- the gourmand who you’ll find with a beer in each hand.