Newstead Brewing continues to forge partnerships with iconic Queensland organisations, with the Nineteen 09 Coastal Ale a beer that joins the Ballymore Lager, created with Queensland Rugby Union, and other joint ventures with the likes of Queensland Rail and Alliance Airlines. This time around, their collaborators are Surf Life Saving Queensland, hence the bold and familiar yellow and red on the cans and decals.
The name refers to the first recorded rescue in Queensland on February 21, 1909, when a group of surf lifesavers pulled four women and a man from a treacherous rip at Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast, and all proceeds from sales go towards supporting volunteer lifesavers. Those lifesavers were involved in the creation of the beer too, from its taste and aroma to the name and appearance.
As for the liquid at the heart of this worthy endeavour, it's the sort of beer you're likely to reach for at the end of a day's shift on a hot beach: lively mandarin aromas and gentle citrusy hop flavours, light in body and with just a lick of bitterness.