XXXX brewery has confessed it’s been accidentally running its Brisbane Alehouse, bar and restaurant for more than 15 years without a permit.
The brewery has lodged a development application with Brisbane City Council, noting it had been operating without the correct paperwork.
The brewery attracts more than 15,000 visitors each year. The XXXX Alehouse evolved from the success of the brewery’s 90-minute tour, which teaches visitors about the 135-year history of XXXX and concludes with a beer tasting session.
“On behalf of the applicant, Castlemaine Perkins Pty Ltd, we lodge herewith a development application seeking a development permit for a material change of use involving use of part of the existing XXXX brewery building at 185 Milton Road, Milton for a food and drink outlet, shop and tourist attraction,” the application stated.
“It involves The XXXX Alehouse facility, which was established in 2002 but appears to have done so without development approval.”
The development application includes plans that date back to 2003, an engineering, town planning reports including assessment against relevant codes and proposal drawings.
“We’d like to reassure lovers of XXXX that brewery tours will continue, and operations at the brewery will continue as normal,” the spokesman said in a statement to the Courier Mail.
A council spokesman said there were no plans to fine the brewery.
“Brisbane City Council became aware the XXXX Alehouse was operating without an appropriate permit when the brewery contacted Council after discovering the oversight themselves,” the spokesman said.
“Tours of the brewery may have begun as an ancillary use to the brewing operations, however, their popularity has grown and they are no longer considered ancillary.”
XXXX triumphs at international beer “Oscars”
Lion Beer has nabbed five medals at the 2019 International Brewing and Cider Awards.
XXXX Bitter won Silver, while XXXX Gold won Bronze in the International Smallpack Lager section, Class 1 for Lager (2.9-4.4% ABV).
Regarded as “Oscars” of international beer and cider competitions, the judges awarded medals to 133 beers and ciders. Medal winners in the 130-year-old brewing competition ranged from small craft breweries to international brands.
The competition attracted more than 1000 entries from more 200 breweries and cider makers from from 50 countries around the world and was judged by an international panel of 50 judges in nine beer categories.
“It brings me great pleasure to announce the medal winners, and no small measure of pride to be involved in our fantastic industry,” commented Ruth Evans MBE, director of Brewing Technology Services, who oversaw the awards. “These awards are a bastion of excellence, and we are always sincerely impressed by the talent of the medal winners.
“With each round of awards, the standards are pushed ever higher. Competition is fierce, and receiving a medal is an achievement to be truly proud of. My congratulations to all.”