Black Hops acquires Brisbane craft brewer Semi-Pro

Black Hops acquires Brisbane craft brewer Semi-Pro

Gold Coast-based craft beer company Black Hops Brewing will settle into a new production space in Brisbane following the purchase of Semi-Pro Brewing Co.

The acquisition will expand the group's current production capacity and footprint, with Semi-Pro's 10hL (hectolitre) production space and 100-seater taproom in East Brisbane to be taken over by Black Hops Brewing.

Semi-Pro Brewing owner, founder and brewer Mick Guy will stay on as site head brewer for Black Hops Brisbane, with co-owners Siena Perry and Shaun Stubley continuing to be involved.

"We're really excited about what we can achieve together in the next phase and I personally am psyched to join (Michael McGovern) and the other brewers in the Black Hops production team," says Mick Guy.

"Everyone in the Semi-Pro family is so grateful to all the regulars and locals who have become friends, shared some bloody funny times, and raised a glass with us.

"We're super confident with the Black Hops reputation for a great taproom experience, it's in the right hands to take it to the next level".

For Black Hops Brewing co-founder and CEO Dan Norris the acquisition is a return to his childhood home of Brisbane.

"Growing up in Brisbane I'm personally excited to finally have a Black Hops presence in my hometown," says Norris.

"Black Hops actually launched not far away from Semi-Pro at HooHa bar in South Brisbane back in 2014. We even shared the stage with the Semi-Pro guys in 2016 at the Brewsvegas HooHa bar Amateur Hour event talking about starting craft breweries.

"So, it's serendipitous to work with these legends four years on to create our Brisbane home."

The taproom will close for refurbishment on 26 October and will reopen as Black Hops Brisbane shortly after.

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