Follow this craft beer trail through Brisbane City
Put aside an afternoon to tackle this craft beer trail hopping you between breweries, bars and bottle shops in Brisbane City. Sure, these days you can walk into any pub, bar or restaurant and order a local craft beer (which we think is great, by the way) – but this guide focuses on the bars and pubs that turned a love of craft beer into an obsession. At every stop along this route find beer specialists and spots cracking the tops off truly special brews. Cheers to that!
Kicking off with the big beer-brewing warehouse, start or end your craft beer trail in the CBD at Felon’s Brewing. Borrow a picnic rug and settle with your mates on the grass outside, soaking in the sunshine and cheery riverside vibes, or explore the historic warehouse with a tour of the brewery itself. Felons taps its own house-brewed beers made right here on premises and the best way to try them all is with a tasting paddle.
Crafty credit: Felon's is the only micro brewery in Brisbane City.
This heritage-listed bar transformed into a craft beer spot years ago and has been going strong pairing tasty ales with gastropub eats. Drop into the rustic, industrial styled space and knock back a draft from one of 16 taps – pouring everything from local favourites to unique and rare brews. Embassy also keep more than 100 bottled varieties too.
Crafty cred: This place has a traditional hand pump too – that’s a special tap where staff have to hand pump the liquid amber manually.
It was Australia’s first venue to put the focus on ‘drink miles’. What does that mean? Well, when you order a beer (or otherwise) at this tiny, historic spot the menu lets you know just how many kilometres away the drink was brewed. For craft beer, they keep it under 180kms by road with taps rotating weekly to feature different local brewers, like Newstead, Revel, Black Hops, Green Beacon, Balter and All-Inn.
Crafty cred: JMH sometimes pours its own craft beer creations.
Next door to the Nomads hostel and 100m from Central Station, the Northern Sydney brewery has popped up a pub in the centre of the city. Sticking to their eco ethos, the bar is clad in reclaimed wood. On the bar six taps pour the craft brewery's top beers, with even more bottles found ini the fridge. Ask about the beer-inspired cocktails.
Crafty cred: 4 Pines is a craft brewery and this is their "keller door". Need we say more?
Bringing a taste of the U.S. of A. down under, Buffalo Bar does two things well – craft beer and chicken wings. Kick back in the beer garden or in front of a sports screen with a special American bottle – these guys have the Abita Turbodog Brown Ale, Brooklyn Bel Air Sour, plus Brooklyn Lager, Sierra Nevada beers and more.
Crafty cred: American craft beers imported to the heart of Brisbane.
Super Whatnot is for no-fuss after-work drinking. Kicking in Burnett Lane since 2011, the small bar is a staple in the City. Step inside for good beer and good vibes. Here you’ll find bottles from Brisbane breweries Green Beacon, Aether, Ballistic, Newstead and Slipstream Brewing plus many more.
Crafty cred: The only beer here comes from small, craft brewers.
Smash together two fitted-out shipping containers and call it a bar, add five independent street-food kitchens with various flavours of the world, and set the whole thing up with 24-metres of uninterrupted riverfront views. Boom. That’s Riverland.
Crafty cred: There’s 16 beer taps and even more bottles to find your perfect craft beer match.
Mr Edward’s offers that classic ale house experience with gastropub eats and draught beers. Partnering with the OG of craft beer, Coopers, find the South Australian brewery on tap plus a fridge full of local Queensland and interstate craft bottles and tins.
Crafty cred: Taste weird interstate ales, like a the lo-fi citrus ale from Otherside Brewing, or a Sparkke ale from female brewers in Adelaide.
While this heritage-listed bar with its leather chesterfield lounges and rich mahogany furniture seems more likely to make you order a glass of whisky and wine, don’t overlook the nationally awarded drinking hole for a beer. There’s a huge list of local Queensland and interstate craft breweries, with everything from basic summer ales to dark stouts and fruity sours.
Crafty cred: Holds interesting drops like Brouhaha’s strawberry & rhubarb sour and Hop Nation’s ‘The Punch’ mango Gosè.
A hop, a skip and a free CityHopper ferry ride away, Sea Legs Brewing is just over the Brisbane River in Kangaroo Point. We thought it was worth a mention as this place brews its own beer and it’s easy to catch the no-cost little red ferry boat across from Eagle Street Pier and back.
Crafty cred: Do try the award-winning tropical lager, dry hopped gose or breakaway IPA.
Drop into this craft beer, wine and gourmet goods purveyor for a takeaway craft selection and knowledge like no other. The self-titled ‘craft beer experts’ can help you navigate an extensive range of local, national and internationally sourced craft brews. Why? Because they make time to know the head brewers and owners of small productions around the country.
Crafty cred: Buy or bring your reusable glass growler or squealer for a refill at its craft beer taps.
With a handy location right next to Central Station, this bottle shop stocks everything from basic Aussie lagers through to crates of craft beer – making it an essential stop for any takeaway beers. From Balter to Ballistic, Brouhaha to Black Hops, find tins or bottles from Queensland’s top craft breweries lining the shelves.
Crafty cred: If you want to take a case of 24 craft bottles or tins to smash in the sunshine at home, this is the spot to come.