Sou’West Brewery is the latest destination for hop-heads opening in Torquay

Sou’West Brewery is the latest destination for hop-heads opening in Torquay

Words by Keegan Bennett

The new brewer is set to open its doors in late March 2021

In an area of the world that is quickly becoming known for delicious craft beers, experienced brewer Luke Scott is hoping to enter the foray with Sou’West Brewery. With 21 years of brewing experience working for brewers such as Prickly Moses, Scott is ready to open his own brewery to cement Torquay as a hot spot for Aussie grown beers.

Located at the former headquarters of Quiksilver, who moved to Queensland in 2018, Sou’West is certainly in good company, with Blackman’s also in town and Bells Beach Brewery across the street. Scott says that Sou’West is going to focus on sessionable beers, mainly for on-site consumption at the planned bar.

Many of the beers Scott brewed at Prickly Moses were severed in a similar fashion. The on-site nature of Sou’West’s operations will help to build the community connection that Scott hopes will have people coming back time and time again.

Sou’West is only one part of the planned Surf Coast Social space for local businesses to call home. After Quiksilver was moved to Queensland, a Melbourne-based consortium purchased the Torquay property for a reported $15 million.

Renovations to the property are being done in order to house Sou’West, as well as a café and a set of offices.

Sou’West’s opening line-up or beers is likely to include an Aussie-style lager, an easy-drinking IPA, and a golden ale, all staples of the craft beer scene that has seen such rapid expansion and development over the last two decades.

The bar is set to open in March 2021.

For more updates be sure to follow Sou’West’s Instagram here and the website here.