Hemingway’s on the hunt for local Lager Legend


Karlie Brady


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The first Lager Legend, Darryl Strugnell, at his fence bar. Do you know a local legend who? nominate them now! Image: Supplied.

When times are tough humanity shines and Hemingway’s Brewery FNQ is looking for a local Lager Legend who has gone above and beyond for their fellow human.

Over the past few weeks, Hemingway’s has been on the lookout for people from the Cairns or Port Douglas region who have helped someone in their community in some way, big or small.

Each week a Lager Legend is crowned and their good needs rewarded with a case of Hemingway’s signature lager, Tunnel Ten.

Hemingway’s Marketing Manager, Kim Logan, said they are calling for people to nominate more local legends.

“When everyone's feeling a bit down in the dumps with the way things are at the moment, we thought why don't we reward people for doing good deeds in the community,” Ms Logan said.

“We were first inspired by a man in Cairns who built a bar in his fence between himself and his neighbour so they could social distance but still socialise over a brew.”

And so Lager Legends was born with Darryl Strugnell, the brains behind the fence bar, the first legend crowned.

Since then Mr Strugnell’s unique invention to help neighbours connect at an appropriate distance has inspired handymen and women from around the world to get out the tools and stay connected with those next door, sharing their creations through the COVID-19 Fence Bar Facebook group.

Other Lager Legends winners include Andrew Merchant, a cyclist who came across a fellow cyclist with a tire blow out. Mr Merchant rode home, grabbed his car and came back to pick the stranded cyclist up, drove him to the bike shop then dropped him home.

And Jessica Watson, a physio from Cairns Total Physio who was nominated by a woman whose 90-year-old mother is isolated in a nursing home unable to see her family. The only contact she has is from her physio, Ms Watson, who has not only been assisting her with her mobility but has also been sending photos back to her daughters and enabling further phone contact as the women does not have use of her hands, becoming a crucial link for the family.

Ms Logan said a Lager Legend can be any good Samaritan performing even the smallest of needs, helping out another in a time when the world needs a bit of happiness.

“If there is anyone out there with a good story of someone doing lovely things in the community, we would love to hear about it,” she said.

Send your nominations in by direct messaging Hemingway’s on Facebook or by email to infohemingwaysbrewerycom 

If you would like to purchase your own case of Hemingway’s lager or another brew, Hemingway’s currently have reduced ‘resilience’ pricing in place and are offering home delivery around Port Douglas.

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