Couple brew up a worldly drop



ONE doesn't have to travel the globe to experience exotic brews and foreign spirits anymore, thanks to Elliot Hilse.

The 27-year-old beer connoisseur recently bought the Anchor Hotel and aims to change its image.

Through his efforts, the historic pub has already changed from a classic Aussie-dive, to a place of international intrigue.

With over 40 beers from around the globe available, walking into this place is an adventure in itself.

"In Europe there are over a hundred different beers available in an area much smaller than Queensland,'' he said.

"We want to try and emanate that here.''

Of course, Mr Hilse does not just pour beer and give change, he also revels in sharing the background of each brew.

"This beer is from the oldest brewery in the world,'' he said, as he opens a Weihenstephan bottle. "It has been brewing beer since 1040.''

The majority of the beers available at the pub are not available anywhere else in Rockhampton.

And for those who like to have a big night out, there is some relief in knowing all German beer contains no preservatives, hence no hangover.

Mr Hilse also said he eventually plans on re-opening the kitchen and selling authentic international dishes.

"That will probably happen some time in the new year,'' he said.

"We just spent all of our money on renovations, but we plan on doing up the kitchen next.



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