Lachie Finch – Your Mates Brewing Company


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Unkle Hingy’s Barber Shop – Mate of the Month | Your Mates Brewing Co.

Say g’day to our mate Hingy, owner of Unkle Hingy’s Barber Shop and our first ‘Mate of the Month’.

Whoever coined the phrase ‘money makes the world go round’ is a peanut. It needs to be changed to ‘mates make the world go round’. As a company that was built on the back of mates helping mates, we support this phrase change 100%.

As our network of mates continues to grow, we keep seeing incredible acts of mateship, both inside and outside of Your Mates Brewing Co. We believe these acts are worth celebrating, so today we’re launching our (da da da daaa) ‘Mate of the Month’ series.

In one sentence – the ‘Mate of the Month’ is our monthly feature on a mate of Your Mates who has done something legendary, mate. So without further ado, here is the first ‘Mate of the Month’!

Our Mate Unkle Hingy

Meet our barber mate Hingy, owner of Unkle Hingy’s Barber Shop in our hometown, Caloundra. With 10 years’ experience in the industry, Hingy knows his way around a dome. A long time mate of ours, he’s been keeping us clean and mean for about five years now.

Most recently, Hingy set up shop in our brewery offering free beard trims to Dad’s on Father’s Day. This selfless act of mateship to Your Mates and to the Dads who were here celebrating has earned him the deserving title of Mate of the Month.

“Father’s Day way such a vibe, it was great seeing so many people step up and trim their beards for a good cause. Had a blast setting up in the brewery that’s for sure!” Hingy said. 

Hingy serves Larry tinnies to his clients while he sharpens their pencils, so we weren’t surprised with his answer to what his favourite YM drop was.

“Mate it’s got to be the Larry!” he said.

Your favourite Larry locale?

“There’s not many better places to crack a Larry or two than on Moffs cliff on a Sunday arvo!”

Not wrong Hingy!

When he’s not lowering ears, Hingy spends his time skegging around Kawana looking for a bank or ‘G’ing up the boys to tip a few in’.

For all barbering services and wedding enquiries, you can get in touch with Hingy via his shop number – 0428 828 175.

To check out some of his handy work head to his Instagram account @unklehingysbarbershop.

Cheers to you Hingy!


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The best last minute Father’s Day gift for difficult Dads | Your Mates Brewing

Struggling to find your old boy the perfect Father’s Day present? We’ve got you covered!

Why are Dads so notoriously difficult to shop for? Because more often than not, they’re selfless legends. They froth over every gift given to them, even if they aren’t actually that stoked. Pair of socks, ‘wow thanks mate! (got heaps of socks already kid)’. Carton of Crownies, ‘just what the doctor ordered! (yeah because the taste makes me sick)’. New espresso machine, ‘can’t wait to try it out tomorrow morning! (what’s wrong with Blend 43?)’.

Their simple appreciation for receiving gifts makes it hard to figure out what gifts they actually want. If this sounds like your Dad, ecstatic over every present he receives, we have the solution for you.

If your Dad likes good beer, good food and good times, the best present you can give him is a ticket to our Father’s Day ExBEERience.

What’s included? Glad you asked.

  • Exclusive Father’s Day brewery tour with Your Mates founders, Hep and Mcgarry
  • Beer tastings throughout tour
  • Your Mates merch pack which includes t-shirt, stubby cooler and sticker pack 

To buy tickets and for more info, hit this LINK.

Tickets are limited and we expect to sell out, first in best dressed!

If you don’t think the brewery tour is for your Dad, we have a bunch of other awesome stuff happening at the Brew House on the day, including:

  • Free beard trims from Unkle Hingy’s Barber Shop
  • Free arts and crafts with Surfrider Sunshine Coast – this one is going to be epic, we’re repurposing old wetsuits into stubby coolers
  • Smoked meats with the The Bovine Technicians
  • Arcade games in our new arcade room 

As you can imagine bookings are highly recommended! Book HERE.

Not keen on the brewery? Why not grab a few beers from one of our stockists around the Sunshine Coast and share them with Dad. To find where you can buy Your Mates, use our Beer Locator.

Happy Father’s Day in advance to all of the Father’s (and Father figures!) reading this, hope you have a cracking day!


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Horizon Festival has your Father’s Day weekend sorted | Your Mates Brewing

The Sunshine Coast’s Horizon Festival is back with a stacked lineup of cultural and arts experiences. Woo!

Back for its fourth year, the Horizon Festival is the Sunshine Coast’s premier culture and arts event. Running from the 23rd of August to the 1st of September, it boasts an incredible array of visual art, music, poetry, film, fashion, performing arts, street art and creative workshops.

Horizon Festival’s Marketing Coordinator, Jess Abraham, said acknowledging the traditional custodians of the Sunshine Coast region is an important “recurring theme” for the festival.

“We deeply believe in showcasing First Nations culture and artists; from traditional work from established artists to emerging contemporary creatives,” she said.

“We are proud to have an incredible First Nations Producer, Alethea Beetson, who has produced some really brilliant work for Horizon 2019.”

Ms Abraham said the Horizon Festival is a “celebration” of arts and culture that connects artists, industries, audiences and the Sunshine Coast community.

“Horizon is not only about showcasing the incredible artists we have here on the Sunshine Coast, but also bringing exceptional art and experiences to the Coast to showcase our region,” she said.

If you’re on the Sunshine Coast this weekend and looking for something awesome to do, this weekend’s event list is looking red hot! You can check out the full event guide here.

Heaps of the events are just up the road from the Brew House so feel free to stop in for a beer and feed while you’re out and about (maybe make a day of it with Dad hint hint).

Make a booking and get directions here.

Heading to Noosa this weekend? Hit this link to see how to do a day in Noosa Your Mates style.


How to Noosa | A day with Your Mates

A Your Mates guide to Noosa, one of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic locations and beaches.

Located about two hours’ drive north from Brisbane, Noosa is a small coastal town heaving with life. It possesses a unique mix of casual sophistication, like a fine-dining restaurant that allows pluggers, or like one of those tuxedo t-shirts. In other words, it’s got something for everyone.        

With the Noosa Craft Beer Festival looming, we found ourselves with a bit of Noosa fever. Too eager to wait for the weekend’s frothy festivities, we jumped in the car and punched it up there from the Brew House, arriving within the hour.

A beautiful sunny sky and cheeky pulse in swell steered us away from Noosa and towards our first stop of the day, Coolum Beach. Situated about 20 minutes down the road from Noosa Heads, Coolum is one of Noosa’s less populated neighbours. While it doesn’t hold the same fame as Noosa’s renowned point breaks, it has some awesome surf spots. When the surf on the Sunshine Coast is pumping, we highly recommend checking Coolum or one of its adjacent towns (Sunshine Beach, Yaroomba, Peregian Beach, etc.). They’re often just as good as Noosa with half the crowd. 

Coolum also has a lovely supervised beach if you’re with the kids, complete with BBQs, parks and an epic skatepark. It’s also across the road from the Main Street which features great cafes, restaurants and bars. See which ones stock Your Mates here.

We checked the surf at Point Arkwright and were buzzing to see a fun little wave sliding across the headland. We hit the water and scored a fun session with less than 10 people out. It was thirsty work and before we knew it we were on our way back to Noosa heading for stop number 2.

Parking in Noosa can be a pain for the inexperienced. It’s a paradise pie and everyone wants a slice. Our general rule of thumb is to first do one lap around the National Park carpark to see if you can jag a miracle park (sometimes you get lucky). Failing this, take a turn down Alderly Terrace and check around the back streets. Mitti Street leads downhill towards the First Point and has gifted us tonnes of parks on busy days in the past. 

If you’re with the kids and want to enjoy Noosa’s patrolled Main Beach or Hastings Street, your best bet is to do a few miracle laps around the car park adjacent to the Noosa Surf Club, and then head to the Lion’s Park car park. A few spins around this car park and you’ll find a slot in no time. 

Our morning surf had left us extremely hungry and parched, so we parked at the Lion’s Park car park and hit Noosa Drive and Hastings Street for a feed. Noosa has a plethora of top restaurants, bars and cafes, which can make it hard to choose a great one. We always stick to our guns and go places where we can get Your Mates beer. Halse Lodge is a restaurant set in a heritage listed Queenslander house. It has an epic beer garden with good food and is open to families. It also has Larry on tap so it was a no brainer for us. There are quite a few other great restaurants and bars with Your Mates beer around the Noosa area, find them here.

Halse Lodge – What a Queenslander!

After munging down a feed and some Larrys, we debated about what to do next. There’s so many cool things to do in Noosa. The beers were flowing beautifully, so in true Your Mates fashion we decided to keep the ball rolling. We used the Your Mates Beer Locator to find where we could snatch a few takeaways and hit Noosa Main Beach. The weather was still bliss, perfect conditions to #crackamacca. 

As the sun began to set we decided it was time to turn it up a notch. Noosa has a thriving bar scene and in our experience there’s no better spot to rip into some beers and good times than at Little Sister. These legends have live music every weekend, heaps of local beers and a pumping kitchen. We finished our day in Noosa here in epic fashion. 

If you’re heading to Noosa this weekend, you’re in luck! We’ll be pouring beers at the 5th Annual Noosa Craft Beer Festival. Held at the Noosa Reef Hotel it’s set to be a stellar day. It’s free entry, kid friendly with local entertainment, food trucks, kids entertainment and fundraising for the Sunshine Butterflies. More info here.

See you there for a brew or two!


Welcoming Australia’s newest food festival to the Sunshine Coast | The Curated Plate

By Lachie Finch | Image by Warwick Gow

Like a meat pie and tomato sauce, a cold mango on a hot Summer’s day, or a bucket of chips at the footy; good food and good beer go hand in hand. So when we heard that the Curated Plate was coming to the Sunshine Coast and Your Mates Brewing Co. would be involved, we were ecstatic.

The Curated Plate is a new food festival that highlights the relationship between chef and producer. Famed for our vibrant, fresh produce, the Sunshine Coast region is an obvious choice for the producer component of the festival. An incredible lineup of chefs have been selected to bring the Coast’s amazing produce to life, including international guest chefs Raymond Blanc OBE (UK), Zaiyu Hasegawa (Japan), Monique Fiso (New Zealand) alongside Australian-based talent Peter Gilmore, Analiese Gregory, Clayton Wells, Matt Stone, Chase Kojima, Darren Robertson, Alanna Sapwell, Nelly Robinson and Troy Rhoades-Brown and more.

I know what you’re thinking. Where can I enjoy the masterpieces these culinary legends create whilst enjoying a Your Mates beer? We’re pleased to announce that our brews will be featured at 4 Curated Plate events this weekend. Here they are from Friday to Sunday:


The Food Fair at Cotton Tree Park

When: Friday, 9 August: 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday, 10 August: 12:30pm – 10:00pm

Sunday, 11 August: 12:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Cotton Tree Park

More Info Here


Good Food Presents Wild Forage Dining

When: Friday 5:30pm

Where: Restaurant on Mooloolaba Beach

Menu: View Here

Beer: Larry Pale Ale


Beer Builds Community

When: Friday 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Where: Cotton Tree Park

What: Your Mates Head Brewer, Mcgarry, will be telling the Your Mates Story and what community means to Your Mates. He will be joined by our Head Chef, Justin, who will also be discussing community and local food collaboration. The boys will be providing some awesome beer and food pairings, should be a hoot!



The Pocket Espresso Bar – The Pocket Long Lunch

When: Sunday 3:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: The Pocket Espresso Bar, Moffat Beach

Menu: View Here

Beer: Mandarin Saison, Sally, Donnie and Larry


If you’re in the neighbourhood for any of the Curated Plate events, don’t forget to use our Larry Locator to find where you can go for a pre or post event beer.

For those planning on heading to the Pocket’s Long Lunch, we highly encourage a pit stop at the Brew House to kick off what will be a top notch day. Make a booking here!


Your Mates heading to 2019 Beeries Awards and need your help!

Your Mates have been nominated for Best New Brewery in the 2019 Beeries and are calling on our legendary mates to help us with a vote.


The Beeries are a celebration of the Queensland craft beer industry. They’re kind of like a boozy Aussie version of the Golden Globes, but for craft beer. We’re incredibly grateful and bloody excited to be in the running for the Best New Brewery 2019 alongside some awesome new Queensland breweries.

It’s been a huge year for us and this would be another amazing accolade to add to our successes. We’re also the only Sunshine Coast brewery in the mix so we feel that it’s our obligation to give it our best crack for our fellow Sunny Coast breweries.

The Beeries are held in Brisbane on the 19th of September and tickets can be purchased from this link. We’ve been to the last few and can vouch that it’s a top night. Cheers in advance mates, now let’s take home the bacon!


Finding parmy perfection with Your Mates Brew House Head Chef

A Q&A with our Head Chef, Justin, on why our $20 Thursday night parmy deal is the best on the Sunshine Coast and how parmy perfection was achieved.

The chicken parmigiana. A pub grub feed as classic as your old boy’s Holden Kingswood. Like a Kingswood, it’s just as rare to find a good one. However, in a world of mediocre parmy’s, a beacon of light shines from Your Mates Brew House.

The light burns brightest on Thursday nights, it’s warmth attracting cautiously optimistic parmy lovers who’ve heard of a new parmy and beer deal that only costs a red back. They read the parmy menu over and over, struggling to choose from the four styles, each one sounding better with every read.

Finally they order and almost forget that it comes with a beer, a pleasant affirmation that this really is a cracking deal. Soon after, the parmy’s come out topped to the sky with a beautiful mixture of ingredients. They can’t believe the size of them, “what do they feed these chickens?” one bloke asks. They all dig in, savouring the combinations of flavours, each bite better than the next. They finish in minutes and wash it down with their beers.

They don’t say a word and enjoy the moment, Crowded House plays in the background, laughter and happiness bounces around the brewery. It’s pure bliss they say, it’s parmy perfection.

How did we reach parmy perfection, you ask? It was Justo, spending hours in the lab, in the kitchen, immersed in other cultures, researching, testing and fine tuning the ultimate parmy’s.

We recently tapped into Justo’s mind and got an inside scoop on the thought that went into these parmy’s. It went like this.

So Justo, let’s start with the golden question. What is the key to a perfect parmy? 

Having a quality schnitty is the perfect “base” to an epic parmy……get it? Base??

What was the thought process behind the new parmy’s and what styles are available?

We spent a lot of time researching and developing a range of parmys that combine the different culinary styles of the world, and then thought beer. What would go well with our core range of beers. With some rowdy ideas in the bank, we have finalised the following:

Classic – traditional parmy with smoked bacon

Americana – char grilled jalapeño salsa with pulled pork, cheese topped with beer Battered onion rings and smokey bbq sauce

Mexicano – think parmy and nachos…..Enuff said

Spanish – char grilled jalapeño salsa, chorizo, corn and capsicum salsa

These parmy’s are obviously a taste of the new Brew House menu which we’re super excited about. When will this be dropping to the public and what can punters expect?

The new menu will be dropping in the next week or so. Again loads of collaborations with local producers and we will be adding to it as we get into the warmer months. Having great beer to accompany the menu was a great start, but incorporating it was next level! Looking forward to sharing it with the supporters of Your Mates Brewing Co.!!

Our $20 Parmy and Beer nights kick off every Thursday at 5:30pm.

Bookings are highly recommended and can be made by contacting [email protected] 

Cheers to good beers! (and good parmy’s)


Whale One: Introducing the Sunshine Coast’s Newest Party on Water

By Lachie Finch

Renowned as the premiere whale watching operator in South East Queensland, Sunreef’s Whale One is expanding its operation, adding party boat tour, ‘Oh Buoy It’s Saturday’ to its experiences.

Departing fortnightly from Mooloolaba on Saturday evenings, the party boat cruises through the Mooloolah River while guests indulge in onboard street food, two licensed bars (with Larry on tap) and an onboard DJ.

Sunreef’s founder, Dan Hart, said the Whale One has undergone “huge refurbishment” to transform it into a “venue” on water.

“We more than doubled the size of the bar downstairs and added a bar upstairs,” he said.

“We opened up the boat to allow more room to move and put in a state of the art sound system.”

Mr Hart said these new additions to Whale One will allow for an event “unlike the Sunshine Coast has ever seen”.

According to Mr Hart, the feedback received from last weekend’s launch party was “overwhelming”.

“A real party atmosphere was created and people didn’t want to get off,” he said.

The next cruise is happening next weekend on the 20th of July. Mr Hart said attendees can expect fantastic food and service, “mind blowing” sound and a venue and party “they will never forget”.

The cruise is set to depart the Mooloolaba Wharf at 6:30pm, giving guests plenty of time to enjoy a drink at the Wharf’s many watering holes pre and post party.

Check out our Larry Locator to find which bars around Mooloolaba stock Your Mates.

To book a ticket for the next cruise, hit the link below.



Lend a Hand for one of Queensland’s Best Beaches

One simple thing you can do to help the vulnerable ecosystem of Double Island Point on your next day or camping trip.

Located south of Fraser Island and a stone’s throw from Noosa and Rainbow Beach, Double Island Point is a natural treasure cherished by locals and first timers alike. It’s an excellent spot for beach fishing, surfing, kayaking, hiking, spearfishing, diving, jet skiing and boating. It’s an outdoors lover’s dream destination.

Only accessible by 4WD, Double Island Point was once an isolated oasis. As a kid, our family would tow the caravan to the Cooloola Cove Recreation Area for two, three, even four weeks at a time. The camping area would be dotted with small groups of campers, usually other young families and friendly grey nomads.

A lot has changed as Double Island Point has gained in popularity over the years, particularly the quality and volume of visitors. A large portion of visitors are now younger in age, flogging it around in patrols lifted as high as their egos. They are less interested in the nature and beautiful serenity and more interested in one-upping each other in who can rip the best donut. Don’t get me wrong, there are still young groups there with respect for other people and the location, but these crews are a rare breed nowadays.

The drowning popularity of the beautiful spot has also attracted the masses. When the weather turns it on, on any given weekend, thousands of people make the voyage to the Point, from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and beyond. The vast number of people inevitably brings a few who leave their rubbish and don’t clean up on their way out.

The combination of inconsiderate visitors and relentless visitation has led to a decline in the environmental welfare of the Point and its surrounding areas.

However there is hope and there are people out there who are fighting to preserve this natural gem. Last weekend we were lucky enough to partner with the Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast in their bi-annual Clean Up Double Island Point Day. This event sees over 100 volunteers roll up their sleeves and pick up rubbish left by campers and waste washed ashore.

We were assigned to clean a 1km stretch near the Point and each given a big bag to fill. Within one hour, we had filled 7 bags. There was rubbish in every direction. We had to stop because we had picked up so much that the bags were getting too heavy to carry.

Seeing first-hand how much rubbish was plaguing this pristine environment was a real eye opener. It was shocking to look out at this beautiful postcard ocean scene, and then turn around to see the dunes and shoreline smothered with litter, from bottle caps to lightbulbs to ancient Chinese Pepsi cans.

The efforts of everyone involved in the cleanup saw over 1.5 tonnes of rubbish removed from the beach. We were stoked to play our part in removing litter, as well as quenching the thirst of the volunteers with a karma keg of Larry at day’s end.

While efforts like these are extremely beneficial to Double Island Point, they are a bandaid fix and involve massive organisation. We left the beach thinking of how simplistic maintaining the cleanliness of this environment could be.

It’s as easy as picking up after yourself and always leaving with more rubbish than you make. If everyone who visited spent half an hour filling a bag of other people’s rubbish, then mass cleanups would not be necessary.

This is something we will be doing every time we visit Double Island and we highly encourage you to do it too.

Of course we are not so naive as to think that all people will willingly do this. What if were mandatory with camping permits? Imagine the reduction in litter if each camping permit has to collect rubbish bags as they enter the beach access points, and offload these bags as they exit. Just the obligation for campers to pick up bin bags as they enter the beach would result in reduced rubbish on the beach.

It would be a small sacrifice to keep this incredible place healthy for future generations to enjoy just as we have.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, please get involved by heading to our Facebook discussion and leaving a comment.

Special thanks to the following organisations for the awesome trip:

Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast

Cleanwater Group

Ocean Crusaders

Drop Bear Adventures

When you’re next off enjoying one of Australia’s beautiful natural treasures – tag us in your photos to show how you’re doing your part to protect what we all love.

Here’s to a healthy, clean future.  Cheers!


Good Mates – The Board Meeting Surf Charity

We caught up with the Board Meeting Surf Charity, a unique group of surfers and local Sunshine Coast businesses dedicated to donating 100% of raised funds to kids with disabilities and their families in need.

What started as a one off fundraiser to send one young man with disabilities to the Special Olympics 15 years ago, has quickly become a lifeline for many Sunshine Coast families in need. The Board Meeting Surf Charity is a charity like no other and is something Your Mates are incredibly proud to be a part of.

We recently had a chat with committee member and all round local legend, Dave Dawson, about the charity and some of the amazing things it’s been doing for its donees.

There are many charities operating on the Sunshine Coast, what makes the Board Meeting so special and unique?

100% of the dollars raised goes to the kids and families in need. Also being a charity made up of a close bunch of guys, we can actually make decisions in an hour or two from receiving emails from these families, whereas with other charities they may be waiting three or four months to get what they need.

Who does the charity help and why do these people need help?

The best way to explain it is if you have a child with a disability, the Government will help to a certain degree, for example they may hook you up with a wheel chair. However if the chair needs modifications, Mum and Dad have to find the money to pay for this. Then there’s getting a chair lift in their car and the list goes on. So these families reach out to us for help with these expenses.

Who are the legends working behind the scenes to keep the charity running, there must be quite a few considering the increasing number of families you guys are helping?

Behind the scenes we have Bennett Carroll and Guy Gibbons, a team of lawyers who head up our audit, trust and payment division. [Bennett] actually pays an employee to pay all of our bills – our equipment bills, respite bills, etc. So he pays her himself off his own back, separate from the charity. Mark Skinner Advertising is our CEO and is so passionate, along with his wife Bev. He dedicates all of his time and energy at zero cost, as do I with my business, Commercial Fishing Supplies and Salt of the Sea. Also Glenn Corbett from Kook Multimedia and Gordon Barratt from Morgans. There’s a lot of other guys in the mix helping out, but Glenn, Gordon, Mark and myself are dealing with stuff like applications every day – there might be 50 emails a day from families needing help.

How do you raise money to help these kids and their families and how much did you raise at this year’s events?

We have two events, one of them being the surf event we held the other week, where we raised about 26 thousand dollars and had 31 local businesses participating. The judges can be bribed, I think there were a few Larrycans being passed around the judges’ tent. Our other event, which is a luncheon, raised about 35 thousand dollars.

How can people get involved in the charity?

If you’d like to get involved you can find us online at The Board Meeting Surf Charity or on our Facebook page. All donations are welcome and if you’d like to get involved as a local business there’s information on there too.

Big thanks to Dave and The Board Meeting for having a chat to us and cheers to the incredibly selfless work they do.





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