BARREL OF FUN: Amy Nielsen at the Bundaberg Barrel.
BARREL OF FUN: Amy Nielsen at the Bundaberg Barrel. Max Fleet

Tasty trip for tourists

THE Nielsen family's tastebuds were in for a treat when they made their next stop on the NewsMail's Tourist in your Town series at Bundaberg Brewed Drinks' Bundy Barrel.

Dad Lee and daughters Renee, 11, Amy, 9, Kayla, 7 and Brooke, 5, made their way to the giant barrel yesterday for an interactive tour and some taste testing.

"There was a lot of interactive stuff," Mr Nielsen said.

"There's an interesting time lapse video of the barrel being built and you can see it starts with just the bare paddock and then the concreters come in and then the crane comes in putting the beams up."

Mr Nielsen said the tour took the family through several interesting stops including one at a 3D video.

"It was interesting to know they don't put salt in (the drinks)," he said.

"The whole tour isn't very long.

"It's about half an hour all up."

Mr Nielsen said the tour ended with a taste testing of the company's brews such as their famous ginger beer, sarsaparilla, lemon lime and bitters and more.

"It was all very informative," he said.

"The girls liked it."

Fast Facts

- Bundaberg Brewed Drinks was established in Bundaberg in 1960 by the Fleming family

- In 1973 Electra Breweries moved operations from Electra St to its present location at Bargara Rd

- In 1987, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks began exporting their drinks around the globe

- In 2004 Bundaberg Brewed Drinks contracted the planting of its first crop of ginger in Bundaberg

- In 2005 The Bundaberg Barrel was built to show visitors how Australia's number one ginger beer is made

- Today Bundaberg Brewed Drinks enjoys international success, exporting to over 30 countries around the world, including New Zealand, the UK, US, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and South Africa