BACKYARD BREWING: The CQ Homebrewers crew (Back L-R) Jamie Rayner, Wes Primrose, Damian Rigby, David Watson, (front L-R) Andrew Ferry and Josh McLeod drink to their inevitable success against their Casino rivals in the inaugural Beef Capitals Homebrew Beef Beer Brew Off.
BACKYARD BREWING: The CQ Homebrewers crew (Back L-R) Jamie Rayner, Wes Primrose, Damian Rigby, David Watson, (front L-R) Andrew Ferry and Josh McLeod drink to their inevitable success against their Casino rivals in the inaugural Beef Capitals Homebrew Beef Beer Brew Off. Amber Hooker

CQ Homebrewers beef up a hearty drop

THOSE aboard the craft-beer bandwagon would know food pairing has become as essential to the process as the hops and yeast.

But none have done it quite like the CQ Homebrewers, whose latest concoction boasts 2kg of beef, all in a bid to stake their claim as Australia's true beef capital against their Casino rivals.

The friendly competition came to a head at last year's Queensland Homebrewers Conference in Casino when one of the local members suggested it was time to buck all myths and host the inaugural CQ Homebrewer's Beef Beer Brew-off.

"Casino thinks they are the beef capital, we are the ones with all the bulls around so they are wrong," CQ Homebrewer David Watson said.

Though the club are keeping their recipe under wraps, David said the brew's beef element was sourced locally, turned into a stock and infused in the mix, which began fermenting on April 17.

"We skinned the fat off, before adding stock into the boil with the beer," he said of the process.

"We didn't actually put the beef into the beer per se; we put a stock made from the beef into the beer."

The team hope to host the inaugural tasting towards the end of Wholly Cow Month.



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