Malt brew back in Eumundi

Eumundi Winery owner Dr Gerry Humphrey says the beer will be made to German purity laws from malt from Darling Downs barley, not sugar cane as many breweries do.
Eumundi Winery owner Dr Gerry Humphrey says the beer will be made to German purity laws from malt from Darling Downs barley, not sugar cane as many breweries do. Contributed

ONE day soon you will be able to quench your thirst with the erstwhile Eumundi Lager.

Many beer drinkers still fondly remember the brew that proudly called Eumundi home.

And all going well it won't be long until their nostalgia is transformed into reality.

"The new brewery will be called Mundi Hill Brewery, memorialising the name of local Aboriginal warrior Huon Mundy," Eumundi Winery owner Dr Gerry Humphrey said.

Mr Humphrey will continue his 17-year-old winery and extend it with his licence to brew German-style, non-preservative beers such as the long-lamented Eumundi Lager.

"The beer would be made to German purity laws from malt from Darling Downs barley, not sugar cane as many breweries do," he said.

Mr Humphrey said Eumundi Winery would continue its grape and sugarcane alcohol production "but we will eventually specialise in fermenting beer".

He said the winery had recently removed the old European vine varieties and planted non-sprayed organic grapes more tolerant of the climate. And he praised the council for assistance in working through local planning requirements.

"I contacted council's local business support program staff, who helped me with getting the approval for the brewery," he said.

LBSP staff in the council's economic development branch are the first point of contact for businesses needing advice on council processes.

"Council staff got it through quickly and efficiently. They did a fantastic job," Mr Humphrey said.

"This will see Eumundi Lager resurrected as one of the Coast's favourite tipples for locals and tourists."

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