Coast brewery to go under the hammer
SOME might call it the opportunity of a lifetime.
Move to the hinterland, purchase a vineyard and brewery, sit back and sample your product.
If this sounds like something you might be interested in, then listen up.
Eumundi Winery and Brewery owner Gerry Humphrey and his wife have decided to sell their beloved tourist attraction after more than 20 years of hard work.
Best known for its rolling vineyards, live music and craft brews, the Eumundi Winery and Brewery can belong to a lucky buyer for $925,000.
Mr Humphrey, now 77, said the ideal buyer would be young, enthusiastic and most importantly, a beer lover.
"They should be someone like me when I was 20," he joked.
"I started when I was 55 and that was too old.
"It should be someone who likes beer, likes people and likes the science of brewing.
Ideally, a family with a background in hospitality . . . there are plenty of them around."
After a few years deciding whether to continue with the business or to sell it, Mr Humphrey's mind was made up after the death of his close friend and brewer Rudy Hergt. Rudy, who was passionate about brewing lagers and pilseners, worked with Mr Humphrey to try and revive the Eumundi Lager brand back in 2012.
The beer sprang to popularity during Brisbane's World Expo in 1988.
Mr Humphrey said he wasn't sure whether the new owner would be able to continue producing with the Eumundi label but said sticking to Rudy's brewing ethos would hold them in good stead.
"There's a big swing back in the craft brewing scene from these over-hopped ales which are big on flavour and big on hops," he said. "Some brewers get carried away."
Mr Humphrey said interest had been strong over Christmas, with southern holiday makers most interested.
"We've had nine people come through in just two weeks, we have a couple of people interested," he said.
Mr Humphrey made special note of Eumundi residents who'd always supported his business, and the council and various state governments for helping him obtain necessary licences.
"Obviously (I'd like to thank) the support from the local people," he said.
WHAT ARE YOU BUYING?
THE building is about 480sqm on two levels and has a fully licensed production and sales area on the ground floor, with an unlicensed commercial store upstairs.
Mr Humphrey extended the brewing licence by three years in 2015 and has Sunshine Coast Council approval for the business to act as a tourist attraction.
Established as a winery, with intentions of introducing a brewery, the owners had to overcome hurdles to gain licences.
But the site's proximity to Eumundi Markets and highway frontage make it a prime location. Vineyards are not supposed to thrive in hot, humid and often wet country.
According to James Halliday's wine companion, the couple has experimented with 14 grape varieties and three trellis systems and the land is described as being "challenging" for growing grapes.
But by introducing the brewery; hosting weddings and functions; and providing live entertainment, the business continued to thrive during the 2000s.
Mooloolaba Real Estate agent Roger Moore believed a young family, "with a little hard work and love for the vino", could return the vine yard to its former glory.
"And very easily cater for weddings, social and music events due to the amazing backdrop of the surrounding area and position on the tourism route," Mr Moore said.
For details, phone Mr Moore on 0410 039 007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.