Meats for Mates highlights importance of mateship and conversation in battle against men’s mental health issues.
‘It all starts with a conversation’. It’s a simple action with huge impact in tackling a complex issue.
This was the lasting thought from our inaugural Meats for Mates event at the Brew House. Between the laughs, unbelievable feast (cudos Cotton Tree Meats), cracking beer and entertainment (take a bow Toddy Widdicombe), there was a strong feeling and message of mateship and support.
Statistics show that six Australian men take their own lives every day due to mental health issues. You could ask anyone and they would have a mental health issue story to tell, whether it involves themselves personally or someone they know.
Despite increased awareness, many people, in particular men, still attach a negative stigma to seeking help for mental health problems.
This hard to shake stigma is why conversation has become such an important tool in battling this issue. While it is not a complete solution, a conversation is, at a minimum, an excellent starting point in helping people to seek necessary help.
If the conversation is initiated by a trusted mate, a bloke suffering from mental health problems is far more likely to open up and begin their journey to recovery.
Check up on three mates right now, you never know what could be happening beneath the surface – seriously do it!
We are stoked to report that the event raised over $10,000 for four amazing local charities that are doing outstanding work in the mental health space, including:
Your Mates Brewing Co. are one of the fastest growing independent breweries in Australia – located in one of the most amazing spots in the country. With great results in the Hottest 100 and recently being awarded ‘Best New Brewery’ at this years’ Queensland-wide Beeries Awards, demand continues to exceed supply and we are looking for an assistant brewer to join the team in preparation for our busiest Summer yet!
Our focus in production revolves around safety, consistency and setting the standard for quality beers brewed in Australia. Our team goal is ‘To make every batch of beer, the best we have ever made! (& have a good time doing it!)’. We are a small team and there is plenty of opportunity to grow with the company for the right applicant.
Our brewery is 100% independent and company culture is one of our highest priorities, we work hard and froth on what we do. The right applicant will exemplify those values and become an important member of the Your Mates Family!
When we first launched the Brew House, we had a clear vision for the food we wanted to create. It had to be fresh, locally sourced and most importantly, be the ideal feed for the everyday punter.
When we thought about what the everyday punter considered important when eating out, two major ideas arose.
It had to compliment a session of Your Mates beers
It had to be affordable without losing out on deliciousness and quality
Since opening, our kitchen team has worked hard at developing a daily menu and weekly specials with these 2 things in mind. If you would like to check out the regular Brew House menu, hit this link. If you’re hungry, stop reading now or get the keys ready to drive to the Brew House. We’re about to dive into the weekly specials.
Time – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
What – $3 tacos with scrumptious fillings including pulled beef, pulled pork, vege and battered fish, as well as fresh taquitos and house made sangria.
Parmy and Pot Night
Time – 5:30pm – 8:30pm
What – $20 for a parmy and pot with your choice of topping. We’ve been getting some huge hype around this night and we’re not surprised, it’s a helluva feed. To find out which toppings are available to choose from, click HERE.
Burger and Beer Lunch Special
Time – 11am – 3pm
What – $15 for a burger and beer, you really can’t go wrong! Choose from our Buttermilk Chicken Burger, Wagyu Beef Burger, Classic Cheeseburger, Mushroom Burger and Crispy Pork Belly Burger. Includes fries.
We have been getting absolutely smashed daily over the last few weeks, so we highly encourage bookings to avoid waiting for a table.
Ah the school holidays. A roller coaster of emotions occurring 4 times a year that tests family relationships and often leaves parents questioning the meaning of life. Growing up in a family of four boys, I know first hand the kind of ruckusing that goes on during these ‘holiday’ periods. Cars turn into Slipknot mosh pits on long drives, lounge rooms into the UFC octagon and the front yard into a footy field with games more brutal than Game 3 of the 1997 State of Origin (cattle dawwwwg!).
I take my hat off to parents for their ability to keep their offspring entertained for up to 4 weeks at a time. It’s a monster effort. They deserve the world, or at a minimum, a stress-free cold beverage and killer feed.
These school holidays, our Brew House will allow parents to do just that. We are a 100% kid friendly bar. Our food menu caters to every punter (fussy children included) and our extensive beer and wine menu will have you blowing off steam in no time. Most importantly, we have a fully enclosed children’s area in view of the bar so you can drop your demons over the fence and indulge in some R & R.
Some events to look out for over the coming holiday period:
This Saturday – AFL Grand Final Weekend
Business as per usual with the addition of the AFL GF playing around the venue. Expect an awesome atmosphere, top notch pub grub and delicious beers. Bookings are highly recommended and are filling fast! Booking info below.
Next Sunday (6th of October) – The Queen’s B’day Sunday Sesh
With Monday the 7th being a public holiday, this is the Sunday session to rule them all. Kicking off at 3pm, the Brew House will have live music all evening, $12 pizzas, beer and cider jugs and the NRL grand final on the big screens. It’s going to be all time. For more info click HERE.
To book a table, shoot an email to [email protected]. Parents, we hope to see plenty of you here enjoying yourselves because you deserve it!
Your Mates pack er’ up and send it through the Great Southern Land in a race to make it on time for the Indies Awards.
Your Mates Brewing have been to Melbourne more than a few times, but we’ve never taken the long way down and never taken the longer way back. After a crazy year of construction, beers, openings, brewing and some more beers we took the Independent Beer Awards, aka the ‘Indies’, as an opportunity to get out and see a bit of Australia.
Before we could really enjoy ourselves, we had to drive the 20 hour trip to Melbourne in time to deliver beers the Indies. We packed the Amarok, grabbed just a couple cases of beer and stocked up brisket and house made slaw, prepared lovingly by our Head Chef Jutto and Cotton Tree Meats.
McGarry was first up on the navigation and sent us out on a slight detour so we could get onto some of Australia’s lesser known highways. First stop was Blackbutt and its famous Bakery for a round of pies and homemade custard tarts.
Back into the truck we followed the highway south clocking over k’s and getting a glimpse at the Australian outback as it flew by the window. Just outside of Toowoomba, we couldn’t help but stop by Jim’s Jerky and get something to keep us going.
Turns out Jim was a beer drinker, so we bartered a trade, a carton of Larry Pale Ales worth of jerky with Jim’s daughter, Emily. A solid selection of jerky and biltong on board and we were off down the highway again.
Pulling over a few hours later for a little leg stretch, a cheeky Macca Lager somewhere by Wyaga and to watch the sunset while trying to keep the flies out of our beers. A quick driver swap and we were back on the road for a few more hours, eating dinner at a lonely brightly lit truck stop before finding somewhere to throw out our swags by the highway.
We all woke up on queue as the sun came up with mixed reports on how well everyone slept between the rocky ground, almost zero temperature and the constant sound of engine breaks from the nearby truck stop.
We got back on the road for an hour or so before we reached Dubbo for a coffee and some brekky burgers, then it was full pace to Melbourne. Kilometres, hours and the Australian outback blurred by the windows as we made up ground.
Around lunch time we stumbled onto what was the beginning of one hundred kilometres of Canola fields and figured it was as good a place as any to stop for lunch. We burnt a couple laps in the dirt making sure the truck got extra filthy then found a spot to pull out the awning and fire up the burner. A couple Larrys and some brisket and slaw burgers later, we packed up and kept on south.
From then on it was full pace. We crossed the Murray River into Victoria and some more lush bushland, then straight into Melbourne’s outer suburbs and lagged into some traffic. After an hour of crawling through the CBD, we rolled into our accommodation. Exhausted but stoked, we’d made it in time for the Indies.
Taking the long way gave us a chance to meet some characters and see some of the Aussie outback. We traded beers for jerky, slept by the side of the road and got a feel for what Australia’s really like before coming back to the reality of life as we hit the afternoon traffic in Melbourne.
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’!
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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:
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!