Hemingway’s Brewery officially opened on Thursday morning as part of The Reef Marina’s multi-million dollar redevelopment in Port Douglas.
Ahead of this weekend’s Federal Election, the Hon. Warren Entsch, Member for Leichhardt paused briefly on the campaign trail to visit the brewery and congratulate owners Tony Fyfe and Craig Parsell.
“When I officially opened an additional 30 new berths at the Marina last August, work on Hemingway’s had just begun and now, just 10 months on, to see it in all its glory is a wonderful and impressive sight,” he said.
Fyfe and Parsell also own and operate Port Douglas’ sport fishing charter business, Far North Sports Fishing.
“Craig and I envisaged a contemporary meeting place with all the tropical spirit and coastal charm of Port Douglas and its idyllic setting. We want Hemingway’s Brewery to become part of the Port Douglas story – known near and far for its welcoming atmosphere, memorable service and authentic craft beer,” said Fyfe.
Jared Stewart, formerly of Moa in New Zealand, is head brewer at Hemingway’s.
Each Hemingway’s beer reflects a different aspect of the region’s past. The launch range includes the IPA, Doug’s Courage, named for the way heart prevailed over hurt as the town rebuilt after the tropical cyclones of 1911; while the signature pale ale, Pitchfork Betty’s, was inspired by Old Betty Whiting, a former local publican who was best known for brandishing an iron pitchfork against unruly patrons.
Hemingway’s also offers a menu of gourmet pizzas, tapas and BBQ-style food and can cater for up to 650 guests.
The brewery’s top floor, named Upstairs@Hemingway’s includes a bar and event centre oriented towards the stunning views across the marina. The ground floor incorporates expansive garden bar and lounge bar areas.