Black Hops August update: upcoming events, what’s on tap and beers coming soon

It’s been an exciting past few months for Black Hops with the launch of our brewery and taproom in Burleigh last month. Here is an update on some events we are part of, the current beers on tap and upcoming brews.


Dan Norris guest speaker, Startup Grind, Brisbane: Thursday 28 July from 5pm

Black Hops co-founder Dan Norris will be a guest speaker at a networking event hosted by Startup Grind, a global community for entrepreneurs. The event is taking place at Collaborate, 375 Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill in Brisbane. As well as discussing the Black Hops journey, Dan will also be sharing his experiences as a published bestselling author and in founding the successful WP Curve business.

Assault Trifle Tap Takeover at HooHa Bar, South Brisbane: Saturday 30 July

The HooHa Bar is a cool little venue in South Brisbane where we launched our very first keg of Eggnog Stout in 2014. On the afternoon of Saturday, 30 July from 3:00pm we’ll be back there to take over their taps. As well as more Eggnog Stout, you’ll also be able to sample our tasty mid-strength option, 30 Cal. Plus we’ll be packing our last keg of Assault Trifle, a custom brewed sponge cake/trifle in a beer that we created especially for this year’s Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) down in Melbourne. We’ve had a super positive response to this beer since finishing in the top 10 at GABS.

We’ll all be there, come for a beer and say hi.

Sunday Roast at The Farm, Byron Bay: Sunday 31 July from 5:30pm

three-blue-ducks-2We’ll be backing up the next evening down in Byron Bay at the epic Three Blue Ducks at The Farm in Byron Bay. The Sunday Roast is $40 per person which gets you a scrumptious roast meal (starter + main) as well as a drink on arrival. You’ll also be able to sample the following beers from the Black Hops range: Beach House, Bitter Fun, Code Red, Pink Mist and Eggnog Stout.

And we’ll be on-hand to answer any brewing related questions.

The place has some serious atmosphere, with exposed brickwork, corrugated iron and wooden bench style tables and seating giving it a real ‘homestead’ feel. There’ll also be live music and of course plenty of Black Hops beer to sample, so we hope to see you there!

South Gold Coast Business Expo, Tallebudgera: Friday 12 August

Black Hops’ brewer-in-chief, Michael ‘Govs’ McGovern will be attending the South Gold Coast Business Expo in Tallebudgera as a guest speaker on Friday 12 August from 11am. Another of the panellists on the day will be David Gower-Freeman of Freeman’s Organic Farm. Govs will be talking all things Black Hops and brewing related, and the event is well worth a look if you’re interested in what’s on the agenda business-wise for the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Dan Norris guest speaker, Crowdfunding For Business Forum, Gold Coast: 12 August

Dan will be sharing the Black Hops Pozible story and lessons learnt at the Terri Cooper Networking Crowdfunding For Business Forum. The event is taking place on Friday, 12 August from 10am to 12pm at the Quality Hotel in Mermaid Waters on the Gold Coast.

Bloodhound Tap Takeover, Fortitude Valley: Thursday 25 August

With it’s open fireplaces, high ceilings, wooden floorboards and original brickwork, the Bloodhound corner bar and kitchen in Fortitude Valley is a vibey place to stop in for some beer and cheer. So we’re definitely looking forward to taking over their taps on the evening of Thursday, 25 August and giving drinkers a full range of beers from Black Hops.

Now pouring in our Taproom


Our taproom is open 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 12 noon to 4pm every Saturday. We now have all 8 taps pouring. Here is the current line up.

Special releases

  • Black on the Borderline – 6.7% India Black Ale brewed with Stone & Wood, Balter Brewers and Burleigh Brewing. We brewed this one for the recent Craft Beer Industry Association (CBIA) Conference in Brisbane.
  • Triple IPA ( 10.5% Imperial Ale) – A bold American Imperial Ale, brewed with caramel malts and dry hopped with simcoe, columbus, centenial and chinook. The high ABV gives a smooth warmth with notes of banana and stone fruit. Not for the faint hearted!

Core range

  • Beach House (4.7% Saison) – Our Gold Coast take on the traditional French Farmhouse ale. Light bodied, low bitterness and dry, makes this easy drinking. Delicately hopped, giving tropical aromas whilst letting the yeast shine through with zesty fruit & spice.
  • 30 Cal (3% Californian Common) – Our mid strength take on the classic Californian Common. Traditionally brewed with Northern Brewer Hops, Californian Lager Yeast and Victory biscuit style malt that gives this beer a layer of dry toasted complexity and a russet brown colour.
  • Bitter Fun (5% Hoppy Pale Ale) – Brewed with Australian malted barley and hops, this is a sessionable yet flavoursome all-Aussie hoppy pale ale, with notes of apricot and stone fruit. Golden in colour, with a firm bitterness.
  • Pink Mist (4.7% Raspberry Saison) – A Belgian Saison brewed with fresh raspberries and delicately hopped with New Zealand and Australian hops. This results in a beautiful pink colour with tart berry flavour and a dry crisp finish.
  • Eggnog Stout (5.3% Spiced Stout) – A dry Irish Stout with subtle notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla bean and French brandy. It showcases a mild bitterness through the use of roasted barley and a generous late hop addition. Our first commercial release and a beer that is close to our heart.
  • Code Red (6.2% Red IPA) – A classic American Red Ale, boasting a rich toffee malt body and a luscious ruby colour with minimal yeast character, providing a clean finish and allowing the hops take centre stage. This year hopped with a combination of American & NZ hops.

New Brews coming soon

We have some cool beers coming up in August. Here is how the schedule is looking.

  • ABC Bomb (6.5% Black IPA) – This hoppy black ale is balanced by strong citrus and pine hop aromatics and a distinct toasty dark malt character. The use of American hops gives this beer a genuine IPA backbone with a unique spice flavour through the addition of rye. An American Black C-hopped bomb.
  • I Heart Lager (5.7% Black Lager) – A re-creation of a collab brew we did with 4 Hearts last year. We’ll be brewing 1,000 litres on our big system in collaboration with Wade from 4 Hearts. I Heart Lager is a clean crisp hoppy Black Lager brewed with cold pressed Carafa grain to give a rich black colour without the roast or bitterness you would expect from a dark beer.
  • Kill Patrick (5.5% Oyster Killpatrick Stout) – Brewed for GABS 2015 and finishing in 13th place, our Kill Patrick is Stout featuring fresh Tweed River Oysters, smoked barley, tamarind, molasses, ginger & clove. KP has subtle characteristics of the sea, with hints of bacon & Worcestershire sauce. We’ll be bringing this back via our pilot system for a one off release for the taproom only.
  • The Kramer (5.8% Grapefruit XPA) – An all Burleigh collab. Kustom Footwear and Black Hops team up for the 10yr celebration of their first shoe, The Kramer.

Other News

Black Hops Ambassador Group

We’ve opened up access to our Black Hops Ambassador group on Facebook. We’ve set the group up to help members out with questions about brewing and business and members help us when we need a hand. Win, win!

Visit and request to join. We’ll see you there.

Operation Brewery Book coming soon

operation-brewery-coverOur book about starting Black Hops has been completed and is off to the printers. Our Pozible backers will be getting the book first and we’ll release it to the public shortly after. We are also stoked to announce that the one and only Hendo has written the foreword for the book. We can’t wait to unleash the book into the wild.

Here is a blurb from the back cover and a few early comments about the  book.

In July of 2014, Dan, Eddie and Govs sat at a bar talking shit about making beer. Two years later, they’d opened their own brewery on the Gold Coast in Australia called Black Hops. It’s been an epic journey, from “the little situation” in China, to a collaboration with the biggest entertainment franchise on earth, and finally – launching a brewery.

Operation Brewery tells their story and gives you every last detail on how to build your own brewery on a budget.

“Great resource and super inspirational!” Nathan Pierce from MicroBrewr
“Loved it and was laughing out loud reading it.” James Graham from The Crafty Pint
“I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked on the Black Hops story, and I don’t even drink beer!” Ben McAdam
“If you’re looking to open a brewery, read this first!” Nat Burcher
“The boys have done an amazing job. This is a great story and a complete guide to starting your own craft brewery.” Stuart McVicar

To be notified when we launch, please check out

Black Hops in Bottles


With the brewery operation in Burleigh now in full swing, we thought it was time to get busy bottling our brews for our Pozible campaign. We were recently able to test out the bottling machine and pumped out a few cartons. Once we’ve sent out all the cartons to our Pozible backers, we’ll look at bottling more beers to sell at our taproom.

Welcome James Barry

Last but not least, Black Hops welcomes James Barry to the fold. James has taken on the role of Sales Manager, getting the Black Hops brand out there and into drinking establishments from The Sunshine Coast all the way out to Toowoomba and down to the Northern NSW area..and everywhere else in between!

Welcome aboard James, we look forward to having you start with us in August!

We’re Hiring – Black Hops Brewing Sales Rep Gold Coast Part Time

  • Part Time – 3 days a week (view to go full time)
  • Area – Northern Rivers NSW & SEQ (Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunny Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba)
  • Remuneration – Negotiable depending on candidate
  • Closes – This Friday 8 July.

Black Hops on a mission to find a Sales Rep


Black Hops Brewing is located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast and is the latest craft brewery to hit South East Queensland. We are looking for an energetic, focused and motivated person to represent our ever-growing portfolio in the Northern Rivers and SEQ areas.

The Mission:

To increase our presence in our local area and bring Black Hops beer to the people. The position will initially be 3 days per week plus the occasional weekend beer festival/event/tasting. We are looking for someone to grow with our brewery and there is potential for a full-time position down the track.


You will need a passion for good beer and excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, a proven record for business to business sales (preferably in the liquor industry) and the ability to “Always Be Closing”.


You will need to possess; a current open drivers licence and suitable vehicle (a car allowance will be included), Qld RSA and despite the rumours – a beard is not necessary.


If successful, you will be our FIRST EVER employee so put on your A-game because this could lead to a long standing full time position. Send your resume telling us why you are the person we are looking for, being creative and limiting cliches will be appreciated to [email protected]. If you have questions feel free to call or message Eddie on 0418 772 796. Closes this Friday 8 June.

Black Hops at Good Beer Week 2016

We can’t wait for Good Beer Week to kick off in Melbourne. Here is a run down of the events we are involved in. If you are in town, hit us up for a beer!

All week – Pint of Origin QLD at Fitzroy Pinnacle


Pint of Origin is one of the great and enduring Good Beer Week events, providing a road map to great beers from around the country and the world that ordinarily you might not get to drink.

We are bringing along our Beach House and accompanied by other Queensland brewers Bacchus Brewing, Newstead, Green Beacon, Balter, Croft, Brisbane Brewing Co., Beard & Brau  and more.

JOIN USHere is a link to the Facebook Event.

All Week – Cryermalt Trade Hub Upstairs at Beer Deluxe


The Cryermalt Trade Hub is set to take place again upstairs at the Festival Hub at Beer DeLuxe. The Trade Hub is designed to focus on the business aspects of the craft beer industry. It will hold a mix of trade talks and industry events including a crowd funding workshop that we are participating in.

We will have our Beach House and 30 Cal on tap there for the week.

JOIN USCheck out the Trade Hub page here

Saturday 14th – Cavalier Open Day


The Cavalier Open Day will once again be held on the first Saturday of Good Beer Week. Back for its third instalment and held at the Cavalier Brewery, with no expense spared to bring you a day packed full of more craft beer than you can poke a stick at. What better way to kick of the week!

Over 40 beers available for tasting from 14 different breweries (including us), hosted by the funny man Sean from Killer Sprocket and Heath from Cavalier Brewing.

There’ll be the chance to meet the brewers, live music by Rattlin’ Bones Blackwood, private charter bus pick up and drop off, delicious food, table tennis, giant Jenga and games, prizes, giveaways and all sorts of other cool stuff you don’t want to miss out on.

We won’t have arrived in Melbourne just yet, but we’ll have our Beach House on tap.

JOIN US  – Check out the Facebook event here.

Tuesday 17 May – Crowdfunding Your Beer Business Cyer Malt Trade Hub Beer Deluxe


Dan is heading along to the Pozible crowdfunding workshop at the Cryer Malt Trade Hub on Tuesday. After running a successful Pozible campaign this year, the Pozible team asked us to come along and join in.

The Pozible guys will be running through how to plan your project, tips for running your campaign, and pretty much everything you need to know to drop a successful campaign on Pozible.

They’ve asked a few successful craft beer campaigners to come along (us being one), to talk about their first hand experiences with crowdfunding.

Budding campaigners are welcome to pitch their beer brand to the audience and also bring a batch to get feedback from fellow campaigners.

JOIN USEntry is free, rock up on Tuesday and say hi, more details here.

Thursday 19 May – AIBA Awards Dinner


Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is the largest annual competition of its kind in the world judging both draught and packaged beer.

This year will be our first time at the ABIA’s and we are the first brewery to enter every category! As Govs said on our last podcast, it’s nice to be recognised… by ourselves.

Here is what we’ve entered:

JOIN US – Registrations are closed but if you are going, let us know. More here.

Friday May 20 12pm – Beer & Startups Presented by Cryermalt and Crafty Pint


Are you thinking about starting your own brewery? Perhaps you’ve just started out and want to scale up.

If so, the Brewery Startup Panel in the Cryermalt Business Suite during Good Beer Week is designed for you.

The The Crafty Pint will be hosting a diverse panel of industry experts for a two-hour discussion and Q&A on starting a brewery: what do you need to know? Who do you need to speak to? What pitfalls await?

Join Jamie Cook (Stone & Wood Brewing), Brendan Varis (Feral Brewing Company), David Cryer (Cryermalt), Steve Henderson (BrewCult), Tim Wills (Premier Stainless) and Dan Norris (Black Hops Brewing) upstairs at the Festival Hub (Beer DeLuxe Fed Square) from 12pm on May 20 before joining them at the AIBA Exhibitor Tasting.

JOIN USPlease register your interest here. Successful applicants will be notified before Good Beer Week.

GABS 20, 21, 22rd May


GABS, known as one of the best beer events in the world will run over 3 days from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of May. This will be our 3rd year attending and we are pumped to pass our 13th place last year.

Our Assault Trifle is tasting amazing and we can’t wait for you to try it. We will be there for the Friday and Saturday sessions.


Bring. It. On….

Black Hops at Brewsvegas 2016

Can’t believe we are back here again, Brewsvegas starts this week!

Brewsvegas is a grass roots, community minded celebration of Brisbane’s burgeoning craft beer culture. We’ve been involved since we started and we’ve ramped up our events this year

Here is a quick run down of what we are involved in during this crazy week that is Brewsvegas.