From pale ales to porters, there’s no denying that us Brisbanites love beer. In fact, Brewsvegas, the annual week-long beer festival that spans the entire city, is one of the biggest events on the Brisbane calendar every year! Whether you’re cracking a cold one after a long work week or just enjoying our fine weather with a stiff drink in hand, nothing beats a locally brewed beer. And, with Brisbane’s microbrewing scene flourishing into something incredible, there’s never been a better time to get off your sofa and out to a beer garden!
In the interest of research, we did the legwork and drunk our way around town, all to find the best Brisbane breweries that you should have cracked a cold one at. Bottoms up!
Newstead Brewing Co. | Newstead & Milton
If you haven’t hit up this BNE favourite, then you need to cancel your weekend plans and make your way to the 1940’s warehouse this brewery calls home. Having operated out of their Newstead brewery since 2013, the folks here know a thing or two about brewing a delicious beer (in fact, we bet you’ll like it so much that you’ll want to fill up a growler to take home with you). Their menu offers a wide range of beers so that even the fussiest drinker in your crew will find something to tickle their fancy. If you’re not sure what to try, you can’t go wrong with their biscuity Two To The Valley India pale ale.
Hub Brewing Co. | Geebung
It doesn’t get any more local than this. Hub Brewing is a Geebung based microbrewer dedicated to creating delish handcrafted brews. With eight taps rotating their impressive selection, you’ll always find something new to try (or even an old favourite). Plus, they are also famed for their super cool brewing masterclasses that let you brew your very own beer or cider. You get to do all the fun things (choose your brew, select ingredients, and brew the beer) and they take care of the tricky things (like fermentation). Sign us up!
Bacchus Brewing Co. | Capalaba
The Bacchus Brewing crew are known for being creative and experimental types, unafraid of risky flavours and quirky brews. Not just ones to venture outside of their comfort zone, they choose to break down all walls entirely. Seriously, some of their more wacky brews include a Snickers flavoured amber, a stout infused with fresh smoked oysters, and their famous white chocolate and raspberry pilsner. They also sell all the tools you need if you’re keen on brewing your very own bev, so swing by one day to tap into their knowledge (and maybe one of their newest kegs).
Green Beacon Brewing Co. | Newstead & Geebung
Green Beacon is often credited as the brewery that launched Brisbane’s microbrewing scene, thanks to their innovative brewing and stellar bevs. Whether you like an amber ale or a strong stout, everyone’s tastes are catered for at Green Beacon. If you’re not sure where to start, their Wayfarer is easily one of their more popular brews, or, take the road less travelled and sample one of their famous seasonal and special releases. Their Barbary Coast winter seasonal is a game changer.
Brisbane Brewing Co. | West End
This West End hitter has nailed the art of craft beer brewing while still maintaining that local feel we want from our breweries. With a bright, airy beer garden and slick interiors, Brisbane Brewing Co. is easily one of the more picturesque breweries on this list, however, it’s their wide range of tap beers that will have you returning time and time again. Their Brissy Pils, a herbal and fresh pilsner with a crisp, bitter finish is the perfect drink to sip on a hot sunny arvo. And, with plenty of eats coming out of their kitchen, you can easily spend a whole day here.
All Inn Brewing Co. | Banyo
If you like to debate the finer details of brewing, such as the difference between an American amber ale and an American pale ale, you’ll find yourself in good company at All Inn Brewing. A favourite of the beer connoisseurs of Brisbane, the team at All Inn can only be described as ‘beer nerds’ and we love them for that. Serving some of the biggest and boldest brews in BNE, they consistently raise the bar of craft brewing in Brisbane. Open to the public Monday to Sunday, swing by on the weekend for one of their laneway parties, trivia or comedy evenings, or food truck fests.
The Charming Squire | South Bank
A fave amongst those in Brisbane who enjoy an icy cold brew, The Charming Squire has cemented themselves as one of Brisbane’s best breweries. If you’re strolling down Grey St in Southbank there’s no way you can miss the Squire, as it’s huge in size and always boasts a lively atmosphere. Make your way up to their long copper bar, surrounded by vats of brewing beer, and mull over their offerings for a moment. You’ll easily find something to suit your tastes, whether you choose an old favourite you’ve had a dozen times before, or you fancy sampling one of their limited releases or small batch brews.
Catchment Brewing Co. | West End
There’s a lot to love about this slightly smaller (but still heavy-hitter) brewery in West End. Arriving on the scene around two years ago, Catchment had a lot to prove to the Brisbane locals who already have a lot of breweries to wet their whistle; but, after a couple of sips of one of their on-site brewed beers, we guarantee you’ll be hooked. There’s nothing quite like downing a cold one with the vat it was brewed in just metres away, and with a stunning range of regulars and seasonal brews, you’ll always be tempted to try just one more.
Ballistic Beer Co. | Salisbury
Setting up shop in a World War 2-era shed in Salisbury just over a year ago, Ballistic Beer Co. is an uber cool brewery and bar operating in the southern suburb of BNE. The two blokes behind Ballistic, Lachy Crothers and David Kitchen, are no strangers to craft brewing and both boast a pretty stellar background in the biz. In their warehouse style brewery, you can taste from 12 taps, whether one of their more popular brews or something a little more experimental. Oh, and they also regularly host food trucks over the weekend. How good is that?!
Feature image: Newstead Brewing Co.
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