Brouhaha Brewery and Restaurant was started by four locals with the goal of showcasing the best that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. For the past 6 months, this unique brewery/restaurant has not only been serving up family-friendly meals but also creating unique craft beers using local ingredients.
The Circle of Life
When it comes to being a part of the local food industry, Matt, one of the owners, explains that Brouhaha takes the role seriously;
It’s a loop; as part of the brewing process you use Barley, and the discarded grain then gets fed to Maleny Wagyu’s cattle and then we buy their animals back to use in the restaurants.
As well as grain, the team use local fruit from Palmwoods including lemon aspen, sour cherry fruit, passionfruit and raspberries.
Recently Brouhaha have also been making use of their local Maleny Dairies products. Maleny Dairies Natural Yoghurt contains millions of friendly live bacteria which give it a distinctive tang, perfect for muesli, fruit and honey. The Natural Yoghurt is easily digestible, is a great source of Calcium and, unlike other varieties, has no added sugar.
According to Matt, it’s rare for brewers to just sour a batch using yoghurt. Maleny Dairies Natural Yoghurt only came into play when the live cultures that the team ordered from America were held up in quarantine so long that they had died by the time they arrived. Matt decided to pop into Maleny IGA and save the batch by using the live cultures found in each tub of Maleny Dairies Yoghurt.
The first time Maleny Dairies Natural Yoghurt was used in the brewing process was in a ‘kettle sour’. This process involves extracting the sugars from the grain, boiling these in a kettle and then harbouring the perfect conditions for Lactobacillus to thrive. This is a complex process where the temperature and PH levels have to be lowered to precise measurements. A tub of Maleny Dairies Natural Yoghurt is tipped in and over the next 36 hours, the live cultures in the yoghurt consume the sugar and convert this to lactic acid. One of the team then has to check the sourness every couple of hours to ensure it doesn’t become too sour. The batch is then transferred into one of the fermentation tanks and on to brewer’s yeast to ferment the rest of the sugar as normal. The first batch was mixed with sour cherry fruit to create a beer that was similar in taste to a dry rosé wine.
Closing the Circle
As well as utilising local produce, Brouhaha have teamed up with local businesses including the Maleny icon, Maleny Food Co. to create ‘beer sorbet’, a unique product they hope to create more of.
Brouhaha’s commitment to involving themselves in the community and using sustainable, local produce is indicative of the Sunshine Coast culture and one that we share at Maleny Dairies. Their philosophy is simple and matches what we at Maleny Dairies strive to do with our Farm and Factory Tours, connect the consumer with the source and close the circle.
It’s about coming in and seeing how everything is made and where it comes from.
The restaurant is currently undergoing some renovations, head down on the 1st March to 39 Coral Street, Maleny for the re-opening and let us know what you think!