Pubs and clubs roll out the barrels to keep flood victims afloat

More than 500 barrels of beer will be rolled out to more than 220 pubs and clubs across Queensland to help raise funds for flood-affected communities.

Great Northern’s Mick McKeown said the venues across Queensland had volunteered to run the Great Northern Brewing Co. Flood Appeal from March 30th – April 3rd, 2022.

Participating venues have agreed to donate profits from the sale of specially marked Great Northern kegs to The Rotary Foundation Australia Flood Appeal.

“We put out the call, and within a few days hundreds of pubs and clubs volunteered to raise funds for those in flood devastated communities,” Mr McKeown said.

“Great Northern is incredibly humbled by the passion and generosity of people who respond to help their mates when they need a hand.”

“Many of the venues lending a helping hand are only themselves recovering from recent COVID closures.”

“It’s admirable that the pubs and clubs of Queensland are setting aside their own problems and profits in order to help others.”

Breakfast Creek Hotel manager Lance Burrows said their venue would be supporting the Great Northern Flood Appeal.

“The Breakfast Creek Hotel was totally inundated by the floods and as a result we’ve been shut for three weeks,” Mr Burrows said.

“We’ve keen to get back fully operating from this weekend.

To kick off the hotel’s fundraising efforts a free concert will be held out the front Sunday from 12 to 6pm featuring country singing star Adam Brand who has kindly donated his time, with all funds from sales on Sunday to go to flood relief via Givit.

“We are very proud to help raise some much-needed funds for those devastated by the catastrophic floods,” Mr Burrows said

“We all know what it’s like to be caught in strife – be it drought, fire, COVID and now flood – so the right thing to do is help out.

“I don’t think we’ll have any hassle convincing customers to grab a Northern and donate this weekend for those who need our help.”

Mr McKeown said there were many pubs and clubs in flooded affected regions, with a number facing major rebuilds to get their doors open again.

“Great Northern in addition to the appeal has also extended support to flood ravaged pubs,” he said.

“We have teams of experts in flood regions helping hotels to get back to business. Our teams are cleaning or replacing beer lines, putting in new systems and replacing ruined stock free of charge. We’re also donating a couple of kegs to each affected pub to help get them back on their feet.

“Great Northern is a much-loved beer in Queensland so when things are tough, we feel we should give back and lend a helping hand.”

Rotary Foundation Australia Chair, Maurie Stack said: “Through our community-led approach, donations to the appeal will help affected communities to adapt to these climatic changes and to support basic emergency initiatives to help prepare for and prevent this flooding into the future.”

Everyone is invited to get down to their local participating pub or club the from March 30th to April 3rd, buy a beer or just make a donation for our Queensland mates doing it tough.

To find a participating venue or to donate, visit

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