LOCAL BREWER: Bargara Brewing Company's Jack Millbank inside the new premises in Tantitha Street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
LOCAL BREWER: Bargara Brewing Company's Jack Millbank inside the new premises in Tantitha Street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Cheers to CBD beers

THE BARGARA Brewing Company is bringing its craft brewery to Bundaberg's CBD in just over two months.

Bargara Brewing Company co-founder Jack Millbank said the Brewhouse, in the former Salvation Army store on Tantitha St, would be like nothing seen in the Bundaberg region before.

Mr Millbank said customers could visit the brewery and have a beer among the vats which will produce 20 kegs of beer a day.

"Instead of the Rum City we're going to become Beer City - look out," Mr Millbank said.

The Bargara Brewing Company was launched in November last year and is already stocked across Queensland and available through online distributors.

LOCAL BREWER: Bargara Brewing Company's Jack Millbank enjoys a beer inside the new premises in Tantitha Street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
LOCAL BREWER: Bargara Brewing Company's Jack Millbank enjoys a beer inside the new premises in Tantitha Street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Mr Millbank said he put in an order last year and was soon expecting the much anticipated arrival of five shipping containers with tanks from Japan and electronics from Canada for the new brewery.

He said the long shipment gave them enough time to find the perfect CBD location for the Brewhouse.

"We need height for the ceiling and we wanted a big roof area to collect the rain water, because all the beer's going to be brewed on rain water," he said.

"We did a deal (with the building owner). We've got a 15-year (lease) agreement. It's pretty good."

At the Brewhouse, Mr Millbank said everything, including the drinking, could be done on site.

"There's very few places (in Australia) that do commercial scale production and have a craft bar," he said.

"At the Brewhouse you'll just be sitting in the middle of the brewery."

Mr Millbank said the brewery would be similar to Newstead Brewery in Brisbane, only bigger.

"They've only got 200,000L capacity, we're about 500,000L," he said.

LOCAL BREWER: Bargara Brewing Company's Jack Millbank inside the new premises in Tantitha Street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
LOCAL BREWER: Bargara Brewing Company's Jack Millbank inside the new premises in Tantitha Street. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

The new store will offer a variety of craft beer as well as gourmet pizza.

"We don't want to be expensive - we just to provide good value beer that's independently owned and brewed with authentic ingredients," he said.

"There's no corner cutting or watering down, just good quality beer."

Mr Millbank also exclusively revealed two new brews were set to launch.

"In about two weeks we've got our stout coming, a black beer called Black Tail.

"Then about two weeks after that we've got the Rusty Roo coming out which will be a red ale.

"It's designed to be a Queensland beer, for the Queensland Reds and Maroons."



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