TOP DROP: Brewmaster Bert Kangler watches on nervously as Roy Auld samples his lager.
TOP DROP: Brewmaster Bert Kangler watches on nervously as Roy Auld samples his lager. Campbell Gellie

First brewery in region opens at Baffle Creek

BAFFLE Creek is now home to an experienced brewmaster and Gladstone's only local brewery.

It has taken a year and $350,000 for German couple Bert and Bea Kangler to assemble their brewery and produce the first batch of Baffle Beer.

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Brewmaster Mr Kangler has 23 years experience in Bavaria. But he chose Baffle Creek as the home for his own company.

"There are 735 other breweries in Bavaria, but here we are the only one," he said.

"We are between two cities - Bundaberg and Gladstone."

"We decided on the name because it should be regional, local and remain a small brewery."

Six 40-foot containers were used to transport the German brewing equipment, machinery to manufacture parts, and all of Bert's tool boxes.

Baffle Beer Brewery is planning to produce three beers - ale, pale lager and a pilsner.

Mr Kangler said he would follow the Reinheitsgebot, or the German beer purity law.

"We use malt, water, hops and yeast to make our beers. (There are) absolutely no additives," he said.

Bavarian Helles pale lager and Euleilah Ale from Baffle Beer Brewery.
Bavarian Helles pale lager and Euleilah Ale from Baffle Beer Brewery. Baffle Beer Brewery

The beer is already available in the local Baffle Creek Tavern.

"And we are looking at other places once we have produced more."

"It was a relief to start because I am finally working for my own brewing company.

"I can drink as much beer as I like, but never at work."

DID YOU KNOW?

Lager takes 6-7 days to ferment at 10 degrees Celsius, but breweries can feel the pressure to make more.

If they change the temperature to 14 degrees Celsius it will ferment quicker, but the characteristics in the flavour won't be as good.



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