Wade Curtis of Peak Crossing with his newly brewed beer, 4 Degrees Pale Ale.
Wade Curtis of Peak Crossing with his newly brewed beer, 4 Degrees Pale Ale. David Nielsen

Man launches new brewing company

AFTER allowing his beer obsession to ferment for a good five years, Peak Crossing brewer Wade Curtis thinks he has found a winning formula.

The 35-year-old dad began a home-brewing crusade soon after returning home from a trip to Europe and America in 2001.

Having indulged in an array of exotic beers, Mr Curtis could barely hide his disappointment when he came home.

“I returned to find Brisbane a beer desert by comparison,” he said.

“There are too many mass-market, boring beers out there that all taste the same...”

Through the establishment of his own company, Four Hearts Brewing, Mr Curtis hopes to inject a bit of flavour into the lives of beer appreciators.

He will launch his American-style pale ale 4 Degrees Pale Ale at the Platform Bar in Brisbane on December 15.

“It’s well-balanced, full-flavoured, hand-crafted American pale ale,” he said.

“It’s aimed more at your craft beer market – people who like to drink less but drink better.”

The brewer brand name comes from the four basic beer ingredients – water, hops, malt and yeast – and is also a reference to Mr Curtis’s wife and three children.

The beer name – 4 Degrees – is a reference to the ideal serving temperature.

Brewed at a facility at Capalaba, east of Brisbane, the final product came as the result of years of trial and error.

The brewer used his friends and family as taste testers in the pursuit of a unique and great tasting ale.

It is the only beer made under the Four Hearts name, with Mr Curtis keen to start off slow, build a following and grow his brewing business organically.

Long term, Mr Curtis hopes to capitalise on the beautiful views of the Scenic Rim by starting a brewery or brew pub in the area.

He said the craft beer market was growing and, with more jobs and people coming to Ipswich, there was definite potential.

“It would be nice to see some Ipswich people at the launch,” he said.

“There’s no entry cost – just come and try the beer.”

4 Degrees launch

WHEN: 6pm, Wednesday December 15

WHERE: The Platform Bar, 270 Ann Street, Brisbane Central Station



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