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Pioneering Brisbane brewery Green Beacon is throwing a year-long celebration to mark its 10th birthday this year, launching 10 limited edition beers in homage to the past decade.
The first four will be released at its Teneriffe brewery on Thursday 26 January with three of these on pour at Green Beacon’s big, Brisbane-centric birthday bash, 10 Years of Beers, at iconic live music venue The Tivoli on Saturday 18 February.
Redland Bay rockers and festival favourites Beddy Rays headline the mammoth party with the local line-up including alt-rock trio Selfish Sons, indie pop-rock outfit Cheap Date, energetic blues and funk band HAM and party-starting DJ Cutloose.
Inside, Green Beacon takes over The Tivoli with its core range and birthday brews while outside, crowd-favourite food trucks from its Teneriffe brewery will roll up to refuel partygoers.
Green Beacon Marketing Manager Brad McClelland said 10 Years of Beers was both a celebration of the trailblazing brewery’s past decade and a chance to acknowledge the loyalty of customers, partners and Brisbane itself.
“Historically, Green Beacon has thrown some banging street parties out the front of our brewery at Helen St but the neighbourhood has changed over the past 10 years so we wouldn’t have the scale or impact we wanted,” McClelland said.
“We have a brilliant relationship with The Tivoli and really, there’s no better place to throw a party in Brisbane than in The Tivoli with a line-up of ripping Brissie bands.
“It’s great to be able to support the people who’ve supported us over the past 10 years.”
One of the city’s first craft beer breweries, Green Beacon is instrumental to the evolution of Brisbane’s craft beer landscape, contributing to its thriving culture, serving as a training ground for leading brewers and establishing a community among consumers.
Green Beacon started making new and different beers and built this community around that, giving people a glimpse behind the curtain of how beer is produced, something they didn’t
have access to before ”
“That really led the way in inspiring other brewers, giving them confidence and showing them there was a market for craft beer and there are now so many amazing breweries in Brisbane.
“Competition is good – for us and the industry – because excellence brews better beers and we can’t wait to show our community what we can do over the next 10 years.”
Green Beacon’s limited edition birthday beers pay homage to the past 10 years and include new twists on past releases and reimagined favourites.
Mr Sparkle Aussie Pale Ale (4.5%) is made with 100% Australian-grown malt and hops and is a nod to the inception of the craft beer industry in Australia.
“Ten years ago, when everyone was drinking domestic lagers, the flagship of most fledgling craft breweries was a pale ale so this pays respect to a style of beer that sits at the very heart of our industry,” McClelland said.
The hop-forward Cannonball India Pale Lager (6%) takes inspiration from Green Beacon’s core range beer, Grappler, now brewed as a lager but originally developed as an IPL.
The POG IPA Passionfruit Orange Guava (6.5%) is a juicy milkshake IPA infused with lactose and vanilla to give the beer a birthday cake-like character.
A fourth release, Journey X TDH IIIPA (10%), is only available from Green Beacon’s brewery and selected retailers owing to its high alcohol volume.
“Green Beacon released a beer to massive fanfare a long time ago called Uppercut which was a double-dry-hopped, double-IPA and became a must-have, must-try beer.
“The Journey X – X representing the number 10 – is triple-dry-hopped, triple-IPA and pays homage to the big, exploratory beers Green Beacon has produced over the years.”
Tickets to 10 Years of Beers are selling fast and available here.
Doors open at 3pm:
3pm DJ Cutloose
7pm Cheap Date
8pm Selfish Sons
9.30pm Beddy Rays