Hemingway’s Brewery Port Douglas turns four-years-old today.
The popular brewery will reopen for a one night only special event tonight to celebrate after being closed for months due to COVID-19 restrictions.
With restrictions limiting numbers the event has already sold out.
Hemingway’s Marketing Manager, Kim Logan, said while they are not re-opening permanently just yet they couldn’t miss out on celebrating their birthday.
“We wanted to be able to celebrate our birthday with our Hop Head members and locals,” she said.
“The last four years have been just amazing with great support from locals and many regular tourists who visit us year after year.
“We can’t wait to get back to doing what we love which is creating a great place for people to chill and relax after a day on the reef, discovering the Daintree or after a hard day’s work, where they can enjoy a great locally made fresh beer. We hope COVID is just a blip on the radar.”
Ms Logan said the last few months have been extremely difficult, as has been the case for many local businesses.
“We have been able to drive some sales through online beer sales and home delivery and it has been encouraging to watch that side of the business grow but it is very small compared to previous revenue.”
Hemingway’s Cairns venue reopened on 18 June, but the Port Douglas venue will have to wait just a little longer.
“We have been preparing for re-opening, but we are just waiting for the border announcements from the Queensland Government before we make a final decision on when that will happen and what that will look like,” Ms Logan said.
“The team are keen to get back to work as soon as possible. Our venue manager, Chris Barber, has done an amazing job of keeping the team spirits up and communicating to the team about the many changes that have been happening over the last few months with all that COVID has had to throw at us.
“We are very proud of our ‘Brew Crew’ and how they have coped with these unusual circumstances.”
Ms Logan added that if people are disappointed that they missed out on the birthday bash they can sign up to the Hop Heads membership to be the first to get any Hemingway’s news about beer, offers and events.