Ask the locals and they’ll tell you, as little as five years ago you would’ve struggled to find a craft beer in Brisbane. Times have definitely changed in Australia’s third largest city. Once home to the Yuggera and Turrbal aboriginal tribes, then some of the British colony’s worst convicts, Brisbane today is a bustling, hip metropolis of more than two million people – many of whom enjoy making and quaffing a perfectly-crafted brew. So if you’re planning a visit to Queensland’s capital city, here are five breweries you simply must visit.
1. Green Beacon Brewing Company
You’ll find the Green Beacon in a light, airy warehouse in Teneriffe – an easy 200 metre walk from the Teneriffe ferry terminal and amid the cool, heritage buildings of this recently revamped inner city suburb. Established in 2013, the Green Beacon offers a core selection of six craft beers, as well as seasonal and special release brews. Within its core selection is the tasty Windjammer IPA, a bold beer with sweet malt flavours punctuated by a firm lingering bitterness. Order an Aussie pint (20 fluid oz), a schooner (15 fl oz) or a pot (10 fl oz) and expect aromas of fresh lychee, candied orange, resinous pine needles and dried mango.
Find it: 26 Helen Street, Teneriffe
Find out more: www.greenbeacon.com.au
2. Newstead Brewing Company
A short walk from the Green Beacon is the Newstead Brewing Company. Look out for the ‘Driven by Beer’ jeep out front and head inside to choose from a dozen tap beers (six of their own) and a solid range of local and overseas guest beers. Newstead is a popular weekend lunch venue though it’s open 7 days from 10am until midnight.
Find it: 85 Doggett Street, Newstead
Find out more: www.newsteadbrewing.com.au
3. Woolly Mammoth Alehouse
The Woolly Mammoth Alehouse in Fortitude Valley is billed as a contemporary beer hall where you can enjoy a large selection of craft beer, order up a rustic meal, take in some live music and try your luck at novelty games like giant Jenga. The Woolly Mammoth’s craft beer range is an impressive mix of Aussie and New Zealand beers ranging from the rather grunty Kiwi Hop Federation RIPA (6.4%) to the even sturdier Mountain Goat Captain Amylase from Victoria (7.7%).
Find it: 633 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley
Find out more: www.woollymammoth.com.au
4. Archive Beer Boutique
They say the West End’s Archive Beer Boutique is where Brisbane’s craft beer scene began. So it would be remiss not to pop in for a bevvy in recognition of the owner’s inspired vision. They have 22 constantly rotating draught beers on tap and more than 400 different bottled beers (domestic and imported) in the fridge, as well as plenty more available in their bottle shop next door. You’ll find Archives open 7 days, 11am until late.
Find it: 100 Boundary Street, West End
Find out more: http://www.archivebeerboutique.com.au/
5. Saccharomyces Beer Café
Last but certainly not least on the list is Saccharomyces Beer Cafe in South Brisbane. Here you’ll find an ever-changing array of tap beers, ranging from lighter ale varieties (pale ales, golden ales and saisons) through to darker ales like the Baltic Porter, a UK beer by the Smutty Nose Brewing Company. On the menu you’ll find comfort food like burgers and smoked cheddar mac n cheese. Saccharomyces is handy to both the South Brisbane train station and the South Bank ferry terminal. And it’s an ideal stop off if you’re taking in any of Brisbane’s big attractions at the Lyric theatre, the convention centre or Queensland’s world-class Gallery of Modern Art.
Find it: Corner Fish Lane & Mervale Streets, South Brisbane
Find out more: http://saccharomyces-beercafe-hpqi.squarespace.com/