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Beer economy takes off in Central Queensland on social media

BEER O’CLOCK: Yeppoon man Clint Miles is looking forward to getting back to the good ol’ days of exchanging favours and items for a carton of beer after starting the Central Queensland Beer Economy page.
BEER O’CLOCK: Yeppoon man Clint Miles is looking forward to getting back to the good ol’ days of exchanging favours and items for a carton of beer after starting the Central Queensland Beer Economy page. Allan Reinikka Rokabeers

CLINT Miles will pretty much do anything for a nice cold beer.

In fact, doing jobs for neighbours and mates in exchange for a beer or two was how the Yeppoon council worker was brought up and now he's bringing the good ol' days of beer bargaining back with a Facebook page called Central Queensland Beer Economy.

The Facebook page operates as a site where CQ locals can buy, swap and sell items in exchange for beer instead of cash.

Clint, 33, created the site last month after discovering a similar site existed in Western Australia.

"I was having a conversation with my sister about how doing favours for cartons of beer was still a common thing between me and my mates," he said.

"She then showed me this Facebook page that swapped items for beer and I just thought we needed something here in CQ.

"I think a lot of people still do use beer as a bargaining tool for favours or labour jobs but not as much as they used to, plus it's amazing what you can get done on a Saturday afternoon with 10 cartons of beer.

"I started the page just to see if people would be into it and it's gone off actually with people selling items and buying items for a carton of their favourite beer.

"One guy actually commented on the page and thanked me for starting it because he said all of his dreams had come true."

The father-of-two said one of the main reasons he wanted to start the site was to bring back the "mateship" associated with cracking open a stubby with someone.

"Using beer as a converter just takes the money side out of things and makes everything a lot more casual," he said.

"Everyone puts a huge price tag on money and getting something back in return so if you're wanting to get rid of something and you like beer, this is a win-win situation. Most of the time a carton is around the same dollar amount as what's being sold or an hour's labour, it's just a lot easier to hand over a carton of beer than $50.

"Since starting the CQ page I've created some pages for some places down south because so many people were wanting a page in their area. I think every community or region should have one."

HISTORY OF BEER

The first form of beer, which was cloudy and unfiltered, was created in 4000BC in the Middle East

In 3000BC the Babylonians had up to 20 different types of beer

The world's first food ingredient regulation, known as the German Purity Law, was first introduced in Munich in 1847. The law outlined that beer could only be brewed from water, hops and malt before it was discovered that yeast was responsible for fermentation

Topics:  beer, beer bargaining, beer baron, central queensland beer economy, clint miles




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