Since the damaging floods of 2011, Brisbane businesses have yet to brave the riverside expansion that would align us closer to Sydney’s world-class harbour precinct. The much-anticipated Howard Smith Wharves development site, located underneath the Story Bridge is rich in local history. This iconic Brisbane venue began construction in the 1930s, alongside the Story Bridge itself, created by the Queensland Government to provide relief work to locals during the depression.
The Howard Smith name was taken from the shipping company that leased the wharves until the '60s, and restorations are now underway to transform this abandoned site into Brisbane’s newest entertainment and lifestyle hub. The hype is real. Designed to connect the New Farm Riverwalk to the CBD, this mammoth project is to be completed in late 2020, but earlier developments are already underway.
Felons Brewing Co., nestled into the towering rock banks, is set to be the newest addition to the much-anticipated Howard Smith Wharves development. Dated to open their doors to thirsty patrons in October, this brewery will join the likes of a Greek restaurant and bar by Jonathan Barthelmess, a Japanese Toko izakaya by Matt Yazbek, as well a 180-seat Asian eatery by Andrew Baturo, with more to be announced down the track!
With their name paying homage to the four European felons that first stumbled upon the Brisbane River in 1828, they seamlessly reflect the heritage and values of the Wharf. Abandoned since the 60s, these heritage listed buildings are rare examples of early infrastructure that are currently being restored by Brisbane’s best.
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This former maritime port is being transformed into a local riverside retreat, and Felon’s Brewing Co. is a big part of that. You’ll soon be able to spend those golden-hour afternoons filled with locally-brewed beer, at Brisbane’s first ever riverside brewery. Alongside their grand opening in October, December will also see a brewery courtyard open to the public. Bevs in the park is always a yes from us. With a focus on brewing natural and balanced fuss-free beers and using only locally sourced ingredients, these fellas are bringing some fresh competition to Brisbane’s brewing game.
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