German lovers united in creating Baffle Creek beer
WHEN a German couple fell in love with Australia during a 2007 visit they decided they had just what was needed to make a life in their new country - brewing skills.
Now Bert and Bea Kangler have set up their own craft brewery on the banks of the Baffle Creek and have started production.
"We produced our first batch on Australia Day this years," Mrs Kangler said.
"Then we started selling in March."
Mr Kangler managed a small brewery in Germany for more than 13 years and is a qualified master brewer.
Mrs Kangler said during their visit to Australia they thought the Australian craft beer scene was about to take off, and they wanted to be part of it.
So they moved here in February last year and their beer making equipment arrived in five containers and they set up Baffle Beer.
At the moment they produce a pale lager and two different types of ales, a medium and a strong.
But Mrs Kangler said they planned to start producing a dark, smoky lager this week.
The water used to produce the beers is spring water from a bore they had drilled on their property.
"We had it tested in a laboratory, and it is very good and tasty," Mrs Kangler said.
Mrs Kangler said all their beers were hand crafted and brewed naturally, without any preservatives or other additives.
They were made in Baffle Creek to be enjoyed freshly by local people, so they do not have to last while being shipped around the world.
The couple work under the German Purity Law from 1516, which only allows water, malt and hops in beer, while yeast was unknown at that time and was added later.
Apart from the local spring water they use Queensland pale malt and Tasmanian hops.
They are planning to produce more seasonal beers as well as some permanent ones.
"We want to expand the market a bit more," Mrs Kangler said.
"We might start selling online."
Mrs Kangler said their beers were more expensive than mass-produced ones, but were at a medium craft beer price.
Baffle Beer products are available in Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Yeppoon and surrounds, including some country pubs in the hinterland.