Brisbane’s beer scene is exploding faster than you can say “cheers.”
Whether you’re a born and bred local or just in town for the weekend, one thing you’ve got try is Brisbane’s selection of craft beers. With so many new breweries and beers popping up all over town, narrowing down the list of where to go and what to try can become a real testament of the mind, body, soul and liver. To make life easy for you, we’ve curated our ‘Golden Mile,’ (which admittedly, is technically less than a mile; the first and last stop are only 1.2 km in distance – you’re welcome).
First Stop: The Scratch
Located on Brisbane’s best European-wanna-be wine ‘em and dine ‘em restaurant strip, The Scratch is fiercely independent with no tap contracts in sight. Their beers are sourced both locally and internationally and a carefully selected draught and bottle range highlights the many styles of the craft. Food at The Scratch is BYO, although they do offer seasonal cheese boards. Beers range from $8-$11 and we recommend trying the BrewDog Elvis Juice Grapefruit IPA from Scotland. An American IPA with a bitter edge from grapefruit pith, it has a caramel malt base with a full frontal citrus overload.
(07) 3107 9910
8/1 Park Road, Milton
Mon 4pm-12am, Tue-Sun 12pm-12am
Second Stop: Aether Brewing
Opening late last year, Aether Brewing is split over two levels and is a brewery, bar and restaurant all in one. The bottom bar is stocked with an expansive range of wine and spirits plus 12 beer taps pouring nine Aether brews and three guest drops that change regularly. Meanwhile, upstairs boasts a smaller bar with six fixed taps and table service. If you fancy live music, head there on a Friday or Saturday. For beer we recommend the Aether Brewing Hide & Seek Pilsner or Oatmeal Porter (North Queensland vanilla beans are soaked in a rum blend for five months before the fermentation process).
35 Railway Terrace, Milton
Third Stop: Brewski Bar
If the large, glowing IPA sign suspended from the roof doesn’t get your immediate attention, then a range of over 200 bottled beers should. And with eight constantly rotating taps, there is always a brand new brew to try. From brilliant saisons and sours to IPAs and imperial stouts, their extensive range of tapped and bottled beer will keep you hydrated for the rest of the crawl. Go for the KAIJU! Aftermath, an Imperial IPA.
(07) 3369 2198
22 Caxton St, Brisbane
Mon 4pm-12am, Tue-Thur 12pm-12am, Fri-Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-12am
Fourth Stop: Fritzenberger
The guys behind Harajuku Gyoza and Nitrogenie are now bringing us burgers, frites and beer. Fritzenberger has its own on-site microbrewery (because what burger and frites combo isn’t significantly improved with an ice cold beer?) and is pumping out everything from lagers to experimental coffee IPA. On offer they also have a well-selected range of local and international bottle and tap beers. We suggest having the classic cheese burger ($10) with maple syrup candied bacon ($2) plus a Young Henrys’ summer hop ale to wash it down.
(07) 3506 3656
52 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Mon-Thur 11:30am-12am, Fri-Sun 11:30am-1am
Fifth Stop: Statler & Waldorf
Statler & Waldorf is a real pub experience with a collision of real pub character and real pub food. Boasting a rotating roster of microbrews on tap including selections from Victorian brewhouse Holgate, their wine list and spirit selections are, like their beers, well thought out. The space itself is spacious with exposed brick and an industrial fit-out. Make sure to try the All Inn Brewing Co’s Lucy Session Ale with subtle fruit and pine notes.
Statler & Waldorf
(07) 3368 1932
25 Caxton street, Brisbane
Tue 4pm-12am, Wed-Sun 11am-12am