The Brewery Townsville Brewing Company Co
Hailing from a rural farming background near Wagga Wagga New South Wales, Sam Lloyd moved to Townsville in 2014 for a sea change. He started working for The Brewery shortly afterwards, where he runs the production side of the brewery, including brewing and bottling.
“The most exciting part of the job is creating new beer recipes and concepts and seeing the firsthand responses of the patrons,” Sam says. “A brew-pub like this is such a great to place for market research. You can literally go and have a beer with people and gather feedback.”
The Brewery bottles and sells Townsville Premium, Light, Diggers and Bandito around town to various venues and bottle shops including Dan Murphy’s.
“We brew seven different beers here, including two Nitro beers, which are Flanagan’s Dry Irish Stout and Ned’s Red Ale,” Sam says. “There are so many factors that take a product from being average to excellent. In beer we talk about body, bitterness, maltiness and aroma among other things, but to have all of these elements balanced so they’re working together is key. If one distinct flavour or characteristic overpowers the others then the potential is lost. I feel the same way about wine and other beverages too.”
Sam says his most memorable beer so far was a pint he had with his dad at the Little Creatures brewery in Freemantle when he was 18.
In beer we talk about body, bitterness, maltiness and aroma among other things, but to have all of these elements balanced so they’re working together is key.
“Up until that point I drank what everyone else I knew was drinking – your typical mass-produced lagers – so that first pint blew my mind,” he recalls. “It really opened my eyes to the potential of hops and the amazing aromas they have.”
From a personal perspective, Sam has a preference for hoppy ales.
“I definitely drink more Diggers than anything but it’s hard to go past the Nitro beers for classic malty dark ales,” he says. “From a brewer’s perspective, I try to understand the characteristics the beer sets out to achieve. I can appreciate beer of any style if it’s done well, even if it’s not what I’d prefer to drink.”
TOP 5 PLACES TO ENJOY A DRINK
01 The Brewery
We make the best craft beer in town.
02 The Heritage Exchange
Expertly made cocktails, great style and atmosphere.
03 The Marlin Bar Tavern
This Magnetic Island icon at Horseshoe Bay is so relaxing as it’s right on the beach.
04 Cbar on The Strand
One of the best locations in town on the water, overlooking Magnetic Island.
05 The TapHouse
Has a great selection of craft beers from around Australia, great food and a fun atmosphere.