Lately, it seems like craft beer is everywhere, and that’s a good thing. Brisbane is lucky enough to be home to more locally brewed beers than ever before.
Some of the local breweries don’t just stop with their beers, either. There’s mouth-watering food to go alongside them, too. Here’s a list of some of the best Brisbane craft beer breweries, as well as a few that are worth a day trip, not to mention some tips on what to order.
Green Beacon Brewing Co
26 Helen Street, Teneriffe
This was the first craft beer brewery to hit Fortitude Valley. Coming out of a warehouse, Green Beacon is a mix of wood and industrial décor with a huge open space, perfect for a function, or just to sit around and make your way through the 12 taps worth of beers brewed right in front of you.
Every day they have a different food truck to sample, not to mention the seafood platters, charcuterie and cheese boards they make themselves, which you can nibble on as you enjoy the atmosphere. There’s also a wine list, for those not so keen on beer.
Beer to try: Windjammer IPA
Food to try: Seafood Plate
Newstead Brewing Co
85 Doggett Street, Newstead
Not exactly inconspicuous, seeing as the bright red logo is plastered over the building, Newstead Brewery is one of those places that makes you feel at home. With a decent menu to flip through, including some tasty pizzas, Newstead boasts 12 beers ready to make your ‘hoppiest’ dreams come true.
There’s live music on Sundays, and every Tuesday a brand new tap take over which showcases beers from other craft beer breweries in Australia or around the world. There’s a full cocktail list, fantastic wine choices and spirits to keep everyone happy.
Beer to try: Three Quarter Time Session Ale
Food to try: Buffalo Wings
Brisbane Brewing Co
124 Boundary Street, West End
Brisbane Brewing Co popped onto the scene a few years ago, born from Brisbane Brewhouse in South Brisbane. Straight away when you enter from the bustling Boundary Street, you’re transported somewhere new.
Don’t expect to get a seat on the weekends, as this place is usually packed out. The menu may explain why. Along with some pub classics, you’ll find a whole array of different kinds of platters to share, and some amazing desserts, which you will not want to share.
Beer to try: Pavlova Lova – Belgian Blonde Fruit Beer
Food to try: Brewers Platter
Catchment Brewing Co
150 Boundary Street, West End
Just a hop, skip and a step away from Brisbane Brewing, you’ll find the new kid on the block, Catchment Brewing Co. Owned by two local beer-loving families, the first thing you’ll be blown away by is just how huge this place is. There’s an upstairs complete with balconies overlooking Boundary Street, and a huge back deck that’s home to live music come the weekend.
The food is not just your average pub grub either. The beers are changing constantly, with guest taps, and new Catchment brewed beers popping up every few weeks. Don’t forget to sample some of the whiskeys and definitely take a look over the well put-together wine list.
Beer to try: Colonial Ale
Food to try: Chef’s Daily Special
88 Limestone Street, Ipswich
While not technically in Brisbane, it’s worth a mention. Set inside a 100-year-old heritage listed building, 4 hearts have tried hard to make the place architecturally beautiful without disturbing the old features, and they’ve succeeded. Enjoy a tasting paddle of beers outside in the sun, or sit inside as you chow down on a diverse and tasty menu.
Do include a trip to the bathrooms, as they’re worth feasting your eyes on too. This place doesn’t shy away from being family friendly, either, as they have a kids menu too. Definitely don’t miss the Wednesday rib night!
Beer to try: Pale Ale or Coal Miners Stout
Food to try: Smoky Barbeque Beef Brisket Burger
All Inn Brewing Co
189 Elliot Road, Banyo
Set inside an old shed, All Inn Brewing might not be everyone’s cup of tea — or pint of beer, rather — but once you’re in, you’ll be staying. Picnic benches and lots of locals add to a bright and happy atmosphere, not to mention a diverse range of beers to try. They keep their customers happy with rotating food trucks, and live music. While they’re only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as they need time during the week to brew the beers you’ll be drinking, it’s well worth the trip into Banyo.
Beer to try: Ruby Amber Ale
Don’t mind a little bit of travel? Try these craft beer breweries that are a little out of the way, but well worth the trip.
14 Traders Way, Currumbin
Balter Brewing’s logo is a smile, and that just about sums the place up. It’s happy, friendly, and full of good, brand new beer (seeing as they’ve only been open a month or two).
Expect the beers to be fit for a day at the beach, and prepare for food trucks that roll in on weekends. Mick Fanning is a part of this brewery, so you might catch him around — just don’t make any shark jokes.
Beer to try: XPA
Bacchus Brewing Co
1/2 Christine Place, Capalaba
For anyone who likes dessert and beer, you’re in for a real treat here. Bacchus not only does magnifcent Pale Ales, IPAs and brown ales, but then there’s a Lamington Dark Ale, Snickers Chocolate Ale, and an award winning Peanut Brittle Gose.
There’s made to order pizzas to help wash it all down, too. It’s worth the effort just to try a Jam Donut Beer.
Beer to try: White Chocolate Raspberry Pilsner
Beard and Brau
180 Beaudesert Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub
With two locations, Beard and Brau is growing fast. The brewery is up on Mount Tamborine, and the restaurant, the Malty Grain, is just at the base.
A menu of Australian style Tapas is a perfect pairing to some of the most unique beers in Australia — a Chocolate Vanilla Porter, a mulberry tart Berliner Weisse, and possibly the best Amber Ale on the market.
Beer to try: Bon Chiens Farmhouse Ale
Food to try: Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks
Fortitude Brewing Co
165 Long Road, North Tamborine
Fortitude is taking the craft beer scene by storm. Up on the mountain you’ll find this brewery tucked between a restaurant and a cheese shop. This means you can enjoy food from the restaurant, and some fresh cheeses, as you sip your way through a tasting paddle of Fortitude beers!
Beer to try: Drifter Summer Ale
Food to try: Pepperoni Pizza
Where’s your favourite craft beer brewery in Brisbane? Let us know in the comments below!
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