Meet Matt Farrelly and Joslyn Erickson, the couple introducing locals to the wide world of craft beer, one back-stage brewery tour at a time.

2When finance worker Matt Farrelly first met travel guide Joslyn Erickson in Central America, they probably didn’t see a future together – let alone a business in brewery tours.

The pair’s early plan was to open a bottle shop together, but some red tape and unexpected hurdles led them down the path of brewery tours.

And they really do mean everyone. The duo spends their days chauffeuring locals, tourists, beer-lovers and beer-loathers around Brisbane and the Gold Coast’s top breweries. The full- and half-day tours are designed to introduce even the biggest beer rookies to the expanding craft beer scene.

3“We get a lot of wine drinkers on the tours who are just coming along for the ride with their beer-loving partner or friends,” Jos says. “We can offer them something like a gose or saison, which can appeal to wine or cider drinkers and, more often than not, they are pleasantly surprised.”

In keeping with the idea that there is a drink for everyone, patrons can tailor their own tour itinerary for special occasions or simply just a fun day out.

Whether it’s a Deschutes Brewing Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Joslyn’s hometown (and the craft beer capital) Portland, Oregon, or the Hop Hog IPA by Feral Brewing in Western Australia which has a special spot in Matt’s heart, the couple stand by the idea that there is definitely one beer brand out there that will make you fall in love with the beverage. Maybe you’ll find it on a Hop On tour?

Cheers! scout asked Matt and Joslyn of Hop On Brewery Tours for their expert opinions on the best beers here on the Gold Coast and from greater Brisbane and here’s what they recommend…


  • Black Hops Pale Ale: This light and fruity pale ale is easy drinking, so much so that it’s overtaken Balter XPA as our go-to fridge beer.
  • Black Hops Eggnog Stout: A completely unique beer that tastes like Christmas. Nutmeg, cinnamon, brandy and vanilla – yum!
  • Burleigh Brewing Black Giraffe: A seasonal release, coffee-infused lager using beans from Zaraffa’s Coffee.
  • Balter Alt-Brown: A light-bodied, easy-drinking brown ale.
  • Beard & Brau Black Snout Milk Stout: A dark, full-bodied stout brewed with lactose, giving it a creaminess and sweetness.
  • Currumbin Valley Look Out!: A gypsy-brewed Double IPA that’s so full of flavour and punch, it’s dangerously easy to drink.


  • 4 Hearts Brewing Red IPA: A sweet malty backbone with a balance of bitterness and a gorgeous red colour.
  • Green Beacon: Their Barbary Coast Black IPA is a seasonal winter release with dark roast malts and punchy hops, while the 3 Bolt Pale Ale is another easy- drinking pale ale that’s often found in our fridge.
  • Ballistic Beer Pilot Light: A mid-strength but full- flavoured beer that can get you through the afternoon.
  • Bacchus Brewing: The Mosaic IPA is one of Matt’s favourite beers – single hopped with Mosaic, this beer sings. The Honky Stonk Woman is another favourite.
  • Newstead Brewing Co: Two to the Valley IPA is resinous and full-bodied, this has become one of Joslyn’s all time favourite IPAs.


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