Bringing a new beer experience to the Barrington Coast with Forster's first brewery: Local, Independent, Fresh, Everytime. It's the concept that David and Helen Black bring to their brewing at Forster’s iconic Coastal Brewing Company.

In 2016, after 20 years working in the corporate world, my husband David and I decided to open a brewery. We relished the peace and natural beauty of the Barrington Coast where we had been escaping for weekends and holidays for a number of years.

Coastal Brewing Co tap pour
Coastal Brewing Co brewing equipment
Coastal Brewing Co tap pour dark beer
Coastal Brewing Co beer drinker
The brewery centres around the concept of LIFE – Local, Independent, Fresh, Everytime.
Helen Black

After much scouring much of the lower mid north coast for suitable locations we found a former event hire showroom just off Kularoo Drive in Forster to establish the brewery. Not only did we really want to open a brewery, we felt that Forster also needed a brewery.

We spent six months renovating, building and setting up the brewery before opening the Tap Room door with just two beers on tap and no furniture in June 2017. The brewery now has a fully operational Tap Room (with furniture!) and at any given time we have around eight to twelve different beers for tasting as well as drink on premise and takeaway.

Bringing a new beer experience to the Barrington Coast

At The Coastal Brewing Company we cater for the full spectrum of beer drinkers and have produced beers that appeal to those new to sampling different flavours in a beer through to the fully-fledged ale trail aficionados. In our first three years of operation we brought over 30 unique beers to market. We brew sours, ales, lagers, India pale ales, porters, stouts and we have a barrel-ageing program.

The brewery centres around the concept of LIFELocal, Independent, Fresh, Everytime.

Local names as beer names

We take the inspiration for our beer names from the Barrington Coast region. Using local names has proved popular with residents and visitors to the area and we love that people come to the Tap Room, chat and ask questions. Our beers include Cellito IPA, Diamond Beach Pilsner, Treachery XPA and Wallis Weizen and you’ll often hear locals and visitors to the area asking for a Booti KNEIPA or a Ruins DIPA.

The Barrington Coast has a bounty of local produce for you to experience and we look forward to welcoming you to our brewery tap room as part of the Great Lakes Food Trail or during our regular opening hours.

And be sure to keep an eye out for our beers at local restaurants and bars next time you visit.

The Coastal Brewing Company is open to the public Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays and more regularly through holiday periods. See our website for details.

Using local names for our beer names has proved popular with resident and visitors.
Helen Black
The Coastal Brewing Company

The Coastal Brewing Company

The Coastal Brewing Company is a family-owned microbrewery based in the coastal town of Forster, NSW. Following incorporation in 2016, premises fit-out and equipment installation in early 2017, production commenced in May 2017. Being based in Forster and part of the wonderful Great Lakes/Manning Valley, community is playing a big role in the brewery’s strategy and operations. For The Coastal Brewing Company, it’s all about L.I.F.E – that’s local, independent, fresh, everytime. Using all natural ingredients on a 1,200 litre brewhouse, the brewery produces fresh, craft beer for sale in kegs to restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs. Beer is also canned onsite and sold through bottlestores, restaurants and bars. The brewery also has a Tasting Room where it offers brewery tours, a beer tasting experience (using 89mL or 200 mL tasting size glasses) and fills ‘growlers’ and ‘squealers’ for take-away consumption. Six packs and cases of 24 cans are also sold from the Tasting Room. Building on its  L.I.F.E focus, all of the Coastal Brewing Company beer names link to the natural beauty of the Great Lakes/Manning Valley area in NSW. The head brewer is David Black who has a Graduate Certificate in Brewing from Federation University. Prior to establishing the brewery he spent 25 years as a Chartered Accountant with a large accounting firm.  Co-owner Helen Black has 20 years’ experience in marketing and looks after sales, customer care, communications, freight and distribution at the brewery.

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