Breweries of Brisbane

30 March 2016

No longer is a pint of beer simply a pint of beer, or a schooner simply a schooner. One must ask where the wheat came from, how and when the yeast was added, and where it was brewed.

Brisbane has jumped on the craft beer train with a few super-passionate people gutsy enough to open their own breweries.

Read on to find good food, great venues, and most importantly, cold beer. Cheers!

Newstead Brewing Co

Take a lofty steel warehouse, add a microbrewery, pub and restaurant and you’ve got Newstead Brewing Co. This boutique brewpub has 12 taps on offer, with eight brews direct from the tanks. Feeling peckish? The kitchen pumps out gastropub feasts fit for craft brews.

Green Beacon Brewing, Newstead

A hop, step and jump from Newstead Brewing Co, Green Beacon also falls within an area fondly dubbed "the brewmuda triangle". Set in a rustic Teneriffe warehouse, the brewery creates a core range of six preservative-free beers, plus seasonal rotaters. Pair your craft brew with fresh Queensland seafood, or keep an eye on Green Beacon’s social media to see which food truck will be making a special appearance. 

Brisbane Brewing Co, West End

Brisbane Brewing Co.

Head through the wrought-iron gate and down the laneway off bustling Boundary St in West End. This hideaway bar and brewery is an urban gem with its airy and green beer garden and intimate nooks and crannies. Head along for live music, grazing plates and of course, beer. Sample the brew house’s award-winning preservative-free beers (made using just barley, yeast, waters and hops), have a chat with the head brewer Simeon Bonetti, or go for a tour. Brewed right on the premises, it doesn’t get much fresher than this!

XXXX, Milton

XXXX Brewery Tours

How could we forget the state’s iconic beverage? The giant XXXX brewery in Milton offers tours that journey through the brand’s 135-year history, from the very beginning to becoming an iconic brew. To quench your thirst, the 90-minute tour ends with a tasting session. 

Four Hearts Brewing, Ipswich

Pumpyard Bar & Brewery Ipswich

Four Hearts Brewing runs "The Pumpyard" in Ipswich and serves house-made brews and tasty food to hungry locals. Not your average watering hole, the heritage-listed building constructed in 1910 is set on the site that was originally the first water source for Ipswich in the mid-1800s. At the bar, you will find eight to 10 taps, five supplied direct from the brewery tanks.

Bacchus Brewing Co, Capalaba

At Capalaba, the trek to Bacchus Brewing Co is worth it for the brews. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the chocolate beer, Weis Beer (inspired by the ice-cream with raspberry, toasted coconut and vanilla), or The Kraken (rum-infused American IPA). The brewery is open to the public for drinks, and often has different food trucks parked outside on weekends.

Brews Brothers, Woolloongabba

Brews Brothers is one big experiment in beer brewing – and you’re invited. If you’ve always wanted to make your own, join the brewers club. It’s free, the club brews on Thursday and they pay you in beer. What a win-win. If your definition of being "hands on" with beer means wrapping your hands around a cold one, head in for a taste test. Every Friday from 4pm the place offers cheaper samples and free snags. 

All Inn Brewing Co, Banyo

At All Inn, it’s all in or nothing. The brewers only make full-flavoured ales, free from additives, unfiltered, unpasteurised and finings free. At the Nudgee Brewery Bar expect to find live music on weekends, rotating food trucks and the beer of the month. The brewery is only open to the public Friday and Saturday noon-9pm, and Sunday 2-7pm.

James Squire, South Bank


South Bank’s first brew bar, The Charming Squire honours the life of James Squire – the infamous, yet charismatic, rogue convict-turned-brewer who inspired the creation of award-winning and flavoursome beers. The massive space situated under the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre offers a full dining menu or large selection of bar food to keep you satisfied.

Fortitude Brewing Company

Fortitude Brewing Company pride themselves on the perfect session beer. It's the kind of beer you can sit on all day, where the last mouthful will have you reaching for another glass. The range of session beers are true craft beers created from the finest quality ingredients with no expense spared. Find them stocked at the Pig N Whistle on Eagle St, Riverbar and Kitchen, The Gresham and Statler and Waldorf.

Catchment Brewing Co

If you like some fresh seafood as you sip, Catchment Brewing Co is the place for you. There's a range of oyster and mussel dishes on the menu (the Killer oysters with smoked ham and bourbon sauce are particularly good) and all match superbly with a frothy brew, so try them with a Catchment Colonial Ale. The brewery is housed in an original, two-storey Art Deco-style building in West End, so the beer and history are both on tap.

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