EXCITING TIMES: Brewmaster Chuck Hahn is looking forward to helping with the relaunch of the Eumundi Brewery at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi.
EXCITING TIMES: Brewmaster Chuck Hahn is looking forward to helping with the relaunch of the Eumundi Brewery at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi. Warren Lynam

Craft beer master to revive the Eumundi lager

UNDOUBTEDLY one of Australia's most prolific brewers and a master of craft beer, Dr Chuck Hahn will soon be serving up his knowledge and experience to reinvent the Eumundi beer.

Famous for creating Hahn and James Squire beers, Lion brewmaster Dr Hahn visited Eumundi today to announce a partnership with the Imperial Hotel to brew the much missed local beer on premises in a soon to be rebuilt brewery.

Dr Hahn said his expertise in brewing will help to create a craft beer unique to the town.

"With craft brewing, it's really a scientific art," Dr Hahn said.

"It's the art that gives you the unique flavours, and aromas, and tastes, and the science gives you the quality and consistency.

"That's what we bring together on those things, to make a really good quality, flavoursome beer."

Dr Hahn said his interest in the small-town beverage started more than 20 years ago when the lager was still being produced.

"I first came up here in 1990 when it was operating," Dr Hahn said.

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"I was always wondering what happened to it. I came up here a couple of years ago, I thought, 'that's fantastic, let's try to put a little brewery in there and rebrew Eumundi lager'.

"We're just rebirthing it here back in the original hotel.

"That's why I was so enthused when we were able to reach an agreement with the owner to put the brewery back in there."

Dr Hahn said the first beer on offer will be a lager with interesting flavours and hops sourced from farms in Victoria and Tasmania.

"We'll definitely have an easy drinking lager; it won't be as hoppy as the James Squire Pilsner, but it will have more flavour than Hahn's Super Dry. It will just be a nice refreshing lager.

"The Australian hop farms, they've made some really interesting hops.

"We'll be using some of those to give it some more citrus, passion fruit, type characteristics."

Once the beer is in production, the Imperial Hotel will look in to hosting brewery tours and craft beer functions.

Dr Hahn said he hopes the new beer will create a buzz with locals and put Eumundi on the map as a craft beer destination.

"We want to get all the people to enjoy it locally," he said.

"You can come here all the time, enjoy the fresh beers directly out of the vats. I think there's a chance for us to use some local produce, too.

"It's that authenticity.

"It's good to start up an original brand that was popular many years ago."

The Imperial Hotel hopes to be brewing the Eumundi Beer in the new year.

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