Brewer Wade Curtis takes a sip on his 4 Degrees craft beer which is available on tap at The Yamanto Tavern.
Brewer Wade Curtis takes a sip on his 4 Degrees craft beer which is available on tap at The Yamanto Tavern. Claudia Baxter

Backyard brew goes on tap

IPSWICH beer maker Wade Curtis is drunk with excitement now that his creation is on tap at one of the city's biggest pubs.

Since perfecting his drop, 4 Degrees Pale Ale, at his Peak Crossing base last year, the craft beer brewer has been eager to get some of the pubs around the region to sell it.

While he was lucky enough to get the Platform Bar in Brisbane to put the beer on tap in December, the deal didn't last long due to the venue's obligation to the major beer companies.

That's where the Yamanto Tavern comes into the story.

The independent venue is not bound by any particular contracts with the major brewers and is free to put 4 Degrees on tap – which it did on the eve of the first State of Origin match last week.

The local brew went down a treat with beer appreciators and Mr Curtis is now even more ambitious about his future as a creator of tasty craft beer.

“It's basically a pale ale with a kick of malt and hops,” Mr Curtis said of 4 Degrees.

“It's a beer lover's beer and you can enjoy it with a meal if you want.”

Yamanto Tavern manager Peter Coultas said patrons were downing schooners of the beer like it was going out of fashion.

The popular tavern already stocks more than 70 different types of beer from across the globe, as well as 15 different ciders.

“The craft beer market, for us, has just gone through the roof,” Mr Coultas said.

“We are looking at turning our old bottle shop into a dedicated craft beer bar – with no mainstream beers whatsoever – in the next two to three months.

“All it will take is a quick fit out, so watch this space.”

While the recipe for the 4 Degrees beer was created and perfected at Mr Curtis' home at Peak Crossing, 10 minutes drive down the Ipswich-Boonah Rd from the tavern's Y Bar, the beer itself is brewed at a small facility at Capalaba, in Brisbane's east.

Although this part of the operation is done with the assistance of the local brew master, Mr Curtis oversees the whole process from start to finish.

He said he was looking at creating a refreshing wheat beer in time for next summer, but would hold off getting carried away with too many different varieties until he saw the reaction to what he'd already put out there.

“Once a beer goes on tap, people can be a bit brutal in their feedback,” he said.

“But the reaction so far has been positive – I think people appreciate a beer with a bit more flavour and maltiness.

“All I want to do now is get it out there to more pubs and hopefully get it into bottles at some point in the near future.”

Mr Curtis's company, 4 Hearts Brewing, does not have a website, but he is on Facebook and Twitter.


History of beer

  • Beer was the first alcoholic beverage known to civilization.
  • The first product humans made from grain and water before learning to make bread was beer.
  • Hops, the main ingredient in modern beer beverages was not used in brewing until 1000 AD.
  • Modern beer brewing could not begin until the invention of commercial refrigeration, bottling and pasteurization.

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