CRAFT BREWERY TO TRANSFORM SCARBOROUGH HARBOUR
An exciting new redevelopment will see an old function venue transformed into a custom-designed craft brewery, restaurant and functions venue on the water's edge in Scarborough, north of Redcliffe.
Developer Jamie Larson, says that he hopes to see the brewery embraced by locals and thinks it will help to bring new life to the precinct, which includes the recently renovated Morgan’s Seafood, the Moreton Bay Boat Club, and Tempest Seafood Restaurant and Teppanyaki who are known for their fresh seafood food that is sourced from the local trawlers. He said “We wanted to bring something new and exciting the Peninsula. It’s such an incredible location with sunset views across the harbour to the Glasshouse Mountains, and we decided that there would be no better way to enjoy it than over a craft beer that has been brewed right here in Scarborough.”
Michael Bailey, the architect for the new project and a director of Moreton Maritime Alliance, said that the redevelopment will help transform the marina into a vibrant and active working harbour. The project supports the Alliance’s vision to see more great waterfront destinations across the bay that encourage people to enjoy the unique environment and to learn more about the world-leading maritime precinct.
Mr Bailey said “We’re really supportive of the proposal and think it will be a great addition to the marina. We’ve designed a new façade that wraps around the building like a wave and completely changes the look of the existing building. Instead of being closed to the street, we’ve opened it up to showcase the activity and energy inside and bring a bit of life to the area. The façade creates some great new seating and dining areas around the edges of the building, and it should be really spectacular when it’s lit up at night. The interiors will also be completely refurbished, with the copper pizza oven and steel brewing tanks being the hero elements in the space.”
The redevelopment is not only intended to bring new life to the precinct when it opens, but it will create new jobs and add to the growing economy in Moreton Bay Region. The proposal taps into the quickly growing craft brewing industry in Queensland, which already contributes more than $60m to the State economy. The project is partly modelled on the highly successful ‘Little Creatures’ brewery near Perth, which has grown to be a recognised brand across Australia and is a must-see destination in the harbour town of Freemantle in Western Australia. It is hoped that the new venue in Scarborough will be equally as successful, attracting visitors from Brisbane and interstate when the border restrictions are lifted.
Shane Newcombe from Moreton Bay Regional Industry and Tourism said: “We’re certainly excited to see new businesses and hospitality venues opening in our region, and this new brewery will be just another great reason to visit and spend time exploring all that Moreton Bay Region has to offer. We are just minutes away from Brisbane and look forward to showcasing our incredible local foods alongside these new brews.”
Jamie Larson has spent most of the year negotiating with the landowners Transport and Main Roads and is glad to be in the final stages of approvals. He is already working with an exciting new brewing company to develop a line of local beers that will be brewed on site when the venue is fully operational. “We’re planning a big launch when we get the final tick of approval, but until then we’re not going to give away too much about the brews that we’ve been working on. We’re pretty confident we’ll get it right though, and we’re hoping that the community will embrace the Brewery and help us establish a great brand and destination in Moreton Bay Region.