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There’s nothing more Sunshine Coast than heading down to Mooloolaba Spit at Christmas to stock up on Mooloolaba prawns.

Except perhaps pairing them with a cold glass of local craft beer.

In recent years the Sunshine Coast’s craft beer scene has grown exponentially. From Moffat Beach Brewing Co to the newly opened Terella Brewing at North Arm, the entire region can be showcased in a glass.

When it comes to choosing a holiday destination, good food and wine ranks in the top five most important factors for high value travellers. And while the Sunshine Coast’s sub-tropical climate and rich volcanic soils are perfect for growing produce, growing grapes provides a bit more of a challenge.

With our craft beer scene subsequently brought to a head, local brewers have married their love of beer with local produce.

Take Maleny’s Brouhaha Brewery for example.

Founder and Head Brewer Matt Jancauskas uses local ingredients in his beer to create flavours that are unique to the Sunshine Coast.

The focus on local continues in their menu. Ingredients are sourced from local producers such as The Falls Farm in Mapleton and Maleny Wagyu, with Brouhaha implementing a nose to tail philosophy so nothing goes to waste.

This year Visit Sunshine Coast is excited to partner with Matt as a Sunshine Coast Ambassador to showcase the region as one of Australia’s premier culinary destinations.

The inaugural Curated Plate culinary festival held in August provided a fantastic opportunity to put the Sunshine Coast on the foodie map and showcase our region

Brouhaha took part with their own event ‘The Art of Beer and Food’ – a title which could apply to the whole region.

From the Eumundi Brewery located at the iconic Imperial Hotel in Eumundi to new Craft Beer Tours taking visitors on a tasting journey across the region, the Sunshine Coast’s craft beer scene has really come of age.

And it’s not just the locals who are taking notice.

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