SUNSHINE COAST | Your Mates Brewing Co. began life in 2014 when mates and craft beer lovers Christian McGarry and Matt Hepburn, after a year spent trying to find a craft brewery that was exactly what they were looking for, decided to quit their day jobs and start their own.
With the help of other mates and locals (hence the name), the duo were able to see their idea come to fruition. Today, Your Mates Brewing Co. is one of the most popular craft breweries on the Sunshine Coast. Their beers have won several awards, and gained national recognition, but the community ethos of the brewery hasn’t changed.
You pick up on it when you step into the Warana brewpub, which opened in 2018. It’s housed in an unpretentious converted warehouse, away from the main tourist drag, filled with locals, and nods to the community.
On tap you’ll find Your Mates’ core range of beers, along with a rotating selection of seasonal and limited brews. The beers tend to be sessionable ones, designed with the Sunshine Coast heat and humidity in mind. The award-winning Larry, a 4.5% ABV Pale Ale, is the most popular beer, with notes of pineapple, passionfruit, and mango. My favourite, Sally, is a 6.0% ABV Pale Ale with flavours of pineapple, pine, and citrus. Tasting paddles are available if you want to try a few things.
If you’re not a beer drinker, there’s a small selection of rotating red, white, rose, and sparkling wines sourced from Qld and small batch wineries. There’s also a few cocktails and non-alc options.
To eat, it’s a selection of brewpub favourites, featuring fresh local produce, sustainable meat, and local seafood. Think low and slow American BBQ, burgers, fish and chips, and a parma. Dietary requirements are well catered for, with several gluten-free and vegan options.
Your Mates Brewing Co.
41 Technology Drive
Telephone: (07) 5329 4733
Sun, Tue – Thu: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 11:00pm