Port Douglas based craft brewer Hemingway’s is expanding into Cairns with a waterfront brewery set to open in 2018.

The new Hemingway’s Brewery will open in the heritage listed Shed 2 at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal overlooking Trinity Inlet.

Since opening in July 2016 Hemingway’s Brewery in Port Douglas has been embraced by locals and visitors for its bespoke craft beers made on the premises along with a ‘paddock to plate’ inspired menu.

According to the owners of Hemingway’s, Tony Fyfe and Craig Parsell, the combination of great beer and great food in a great location is underpinned by the company’s core values prioritising local content.

“Our roots are in Far North Queensland (FNQ) and it is therefore important that our brewery is established by locals and run by locals for the pleasure of locals. It is our aim to build and operate the best brew pubs in Australia,” Fyfe said.

“With consumers trading up to authentic and better quality beers, the world is currently experiencing a craft beer revolution. We cannot wait to bring it to Cairns. Along with its freshness and taste, the beauty of craft beer is its healthy purity that is unfiltered, unpasteurised and preservative free relying on just four key ingredients – yeast, hops, base malts and water,” said Fyfe.

In total there will be 24 craft beers and ciders on tap, with a further 50 other boutique packaged, craft beers also available.

Hemingway’s owners believe the Cairns economy is set for sustained growth and consequently consider now is the right time to invest. When open, the brewery will boost the economy by creating around 100 new jobs.

Treasurer and Member for Mulgrave, Curtis Pitt said Hemingway’s product and positioning were an ideal fit with a growing city.

“As a local, I am excited by anything that will bring more vibrancy to our iconic waterfront and thrilled to see our region’s product offering expanding for tourists,” Pitt said.

“I think a brewery is a great fit with the aesthetic and vibe of our town which, importantly, will bring with it new job opportunities. I’ve already advised the owners they are eligible to apply for our $100 million Back to Work program if they hire unemployed locals and we’ll give them a 50 per cent tax rebate for every local apprentice or trainee they take on – so I am encouraging them to apply.”


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