Toowoomba’s first brewery opens
By Tam Allenby, Assistant Editor Beer & Brewer
Founder Adrian Cubit told Beer & Brewer that the brewery would be kicking off with four different brews: a pale ale, a coffee porter, a smoked beer/Rauchbier, and a mango IPA.
4 Brothers Brewing has been nearly two years in the making – “the front page of my business plan says ‘prepared June 2015’” – time Cubit spent working on his recipes while also sorting all of the logistics for opening a brewery.
At the moment, they’re operating with a relatively small setup, and at full capacity should be producing around 16-20 kegs a week.
The 4 Brothers business name follows into the names of the beers themselves, which are called Lazy Brother, Arrogant Brother, and Evil Brother respectively; the mango IPA, ‘Bittersweet’, is the first of the brewery’s seasonal releases.
When asked if the names of the beers reflect the personality traits of his three brothers – who are involved to various degrees in the business – Cubit said he’d leave that up to the imagination.
In terms of future plans, Cubit already has expansion in mind. And while it wouldn’t be possible to expand into bottles or cans with his current capacity, he’s open to one day contract or gypsy brewing at some of Brisbane’s larger craft breweries – which are only an hour-and-a-half drive away.
“That would work out pretty well if any of them have excess capacity – that would be the next thing I want to do and then eventually expanding our own facility up to ten times of the size of what we’ve got at the moment.”
For now, 4 Brothers has got a few more seasonal releases in the works: a pumpkin spiced ale using local pumpkins from the nearby Lockyer Valley and a honey wheat beer.
“We’ve just advertised not long ago for a brewer and we’ve already done some interviews, so once we get another brewer in they might have their own ideas for different beers as well,” Cubit said.
Also, according to Cubit, the craft scene is only growing in Toowoomba, which has a population of around 120,000.
“Two or three of the pubs here specialise in craft beer, and there’s a craft beer festival up here as well called Brewoomba which has been on for two years now.”
4 Brothers Brewing officially opened its doors over the weekend, giving Toowoomba’s residents their first taste of the new brewery’s beers.