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Cheers to Sam, the man behind the can at iconic brewery

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Cheers to Sam, the man behind the can at iconic brewery


Cheers to Sam, the man behind the can at iconic hinterland brewery

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Sam McKenzie has taken his creativity to the next level, with some edgy artwork for a local brewery.

The 35-year-old has just nailed his latest brief, with his work on the just launched cans of Eumundi Brewery Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

Sam was born and bred in Eumundi and earned his childhood pocket money drawing at the renowned markets. He has gone on to develop a reputation as a successful illustrator and freelance graphic artist.

“I have been drawing ever since I could, drawing throughout school when I was supposed to be doing other stuff,” he said.

“Eventually it got to a point where I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. That’s a kind of blindly stubborn determination, I suppose”.

His style?

“It’s informed by old cartoons and comics and the like, with an emphasis on strong ink-work and bold colours,” Sam said.

“I like to try and make dynamic work, with a sense of personality, and I like messing around with composition and more design-like elements too.”

Head Brewer at Eumundi Brewery, Chris Sheehan, with illustrator Sam McKenzie.

Sam designed the illustrations still used on the background of the Eumundi Brewery Refreshing Lager and Pale Ale cans.

“I was thrilled to get the opportunity to design the artwork for the iconic beer that bears the name of my family home town,” Sam said.

He’s since created a mural within the working brewery, has continued to work on new release designs and feels like he can contribute something to the town in working on the new brew designs.

“It’s really cool to see that the Eumundi beers getting out there throughout Queensland, and beyond,” Sam said.

“The launch of the ginger beer really flies the Eumundi flag, celebrating the local region’s reputation as a ginger-growing hub.

“It’s great to share that Eumundi goodness with beer lovers – and those who appreciate fine art on a can.”

Brewer Chris Sheehan said it was only fitting the Eumundi brews feature such edgy artwork.

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Sam McKenzie’s artwork features on the new cans of Eumundi Brewery Alcoholic Ginger Beer.

“Everything about the Imperial Hotel, the home of Eumundi Brewery, honours art and local artists, and creativity runs through the veins of the village of Eumundi,” he said.

“We want that creativity to shine in all the designs aligned with the Eumundi Brewery, and Sam absolutely gets it right every time – as he has again with the new Eumundi Brewery Alcoholic Ginger Beer,” says Chris.

The Eumundi Brewery Alcoholic Ginger Beer was launched in kegs at the end of 2020 and is now available in 375ml cans.

An easy-drinking, alcoholic Ginger Beer with a sweet clean nose, a very balanced and controlled palate and a pleasant finish that delicately lingers with that delicious burn you love from ginger, 4 per cent ABV (alcohol by volume).

It’s available in 4-packs and 16-pack cartons from The Imperial Hotel Eumundi, Eumundi Brewery’s online shop via Eumundi Brewery, and select Sunshine Coast stores.