1) Green Beacon
Green Beacon’s founders, Marc and Adrian, are on a mission to bring a new spirit (not the liquid kind) to the beer scene, championing beer that’s great because of its flavour and story, not because it’s touted as craft beer. Having travelled extensively, including stints in New York and London, the duo wanted to bring back some of those far-flung influences and plant them at 26 Helen St in Teneriffe. Green Beacon beers are canned for maximum freshness; brews to glug include the 3 Bolt Pale Ale, the Cross Knot Kolsch and the Penny Porter.
2) Brewhouse Brisbane
Drop into this craft beer bar and grill-house on Stanley Street for exemplary drops brewed just down the road at Brewhouse’s West End brewery. There are eight beers on tap, including the Brisbane Pale Ale, a Brissy Pils and Sunset, a light golden ale; the bar also serves other breweries’ craft beers, wine, cocktails and co. Match your drink with something from the Oktoberfest-meets-New-York-Deli-meets-South-America food menu (popcorn prawns, the chicken parma or a burger starring pork shoulder, perhaps). The bar is set in Brisbane’s popular Woolloongabba entertainment precinct in an iconic Brisbane pub, which has been serving drinks for 127 years (you’re clearly in good hands). There’s a bottle shop too, if you want to take something home.
3) Bacchus Brewing Co.
Find out why Bacchus has won more awards than we’ve had perfectly pulled pints by paying a trip to its friendly, family-run micro-brewery at 2 Christine Place in Capalaba. All of Bacchus’ beers are made in single-keg batches on a steam-jacketed multi-vessel brewery, which enables the crew to make up to 12 different beers a day and, on average, more than three new beers every week. (We hope they rest a bit on weekends.) There are 15 dedicated taps to try, plus a bewildering array of bottles. Come and watch the brewers perfecting their craft during the day; add a just-baked pizza to your drinks round if you’re here Friday to Sunday.
4) Newstead Brewing Co.
Newstead Brewing Co. started life in a steel warehouse that was built by Skennars coaches in the 1940s. The warehouse gained a new identity as the Doggett Street Studio in the 1980s; today’s boozy occupants have retained as much as possible of the building’s original charm. The brewery’s production brewery and pub is a short walk away on Castlemaine Street, where you’re likely to meet the talent behind the brews, including head brewer Dr. Kerry Claydon and senior brewer Jarrett Bravo. Don’t miss the Spring Lager Tindebox, the Belmont Saison or the Jonno Cider. Pick from 12 draught taps at 85 Doggett Street, or a whopping 32 at the Castlemaine Street pub. Newstead Brewing Co. offers simple, tasty food to accompany its brews; there’s also a bottle shop for booze runs.
5) The Charming Squire
The Charming Squire on Grey Street is inspired by Australia’s first brewer: a convict-turned-beer-boffin by the name of James Squire. This working brewery in Brisbane’s buzzing South Bank precinct serves the James Squire craft beer range; it’s also home to a clever chef. The bar is a vast industrial-style space, all steel, glass and glitter. The Brewer’s Pantry Menu includes tempting pizzas, Wagyu-stuffed sandwiches, honeycomb hotcakes and more. If you like the sound of all of the above, the Charming Squire’s beer club might be for you...
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