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The 10 Best Craft Beer Breweries in Queensland

Balter microbrewery pub in Currumbin. Image by Alizada studios via Shutterstock.

Feeling thirsty? Froth up your weekend plans with a visit to one of the top 10 craft beer breweries in Queensland!

Whether you like a cold and light lager, or a rich and decadent stout, we can all agree that there’s no better way to sample a new craft beer than by heading down to the brewery where it was made.

So, whether you’re planning a beer crawl or simply looking for a refreshing day out, here’s our pick of the 10 best craft beer breweries in Queensland you must visit in 2021!

Balter Brewing Company
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Balter Brewing Company

Voted Australia’s best craft brewery and Queensland’s favourite craft beer bar, Balter Brewing Company focuses on the fact that enjoyment in life comes from doing what you love. Balter Brewing takes pride in their beer, and it certainly shows. From their success in these awards and the many others their beers have won, Balter Brewing Company is one to love.

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14 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters, QLD 4223
Green Beacon Brewing Co.
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Green Beacon Brewing Co.

Green Beacon Brewing Co. is a proudly independent brewery built on quality and integrity. Their focus is on flavour, balance and consistency, and promise that their craft beer provides a safe anchorage in any port. One of the best craft beer bars in Brisbane, their core range includes a pale ale, lager and stout, while their season range changes periodically.

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26 Helen St, Teneriffe, QLD 4005
Black Hops Brewery
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Black Hops Brewery

Michael McGovern (Govs), Eddie Oldfield and Dan Norris started a brewing company from a conversation over beers which since then has taken off and continues to grow. Today, the three friends now have award-winning craft beers that are unpasteurised, gluten-reduced and and made with no preservatives in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. Weekend plans sorted.

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15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
Newstead Brewing Co., Newstead
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Newstead Brewing Co., Newstead

Newstead Brewing Co. was born in a 1940s steel warehouse which provides the perfect setting to produce their 100 per cent Brisbane-brewed, six-core-range beers. In their own words, their craft beer offer a little bit of something for a lot of people; and they have been doing so since December 2013.

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85 Doggett St, Newstead, QLD 4006
Burleigh Brewing Co
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Burleigh Brewing Co

Burleigh Brewing Co was born in 2006 to Peta and Brennan in the laid-back town of Burleigh Heads, less than a 30-minute drive from the Gold Coast. Since then they have expanded their team and are creating world class local beer. Their ethos, “balance, character, soul” is embodied in their beer, which has been lovingly crafted and reflects the beliefs that Peta and Brennan share.

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2 Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads, QLD 4220
Newstead Brewing Co., Milton
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Newstead Brewing Co., Milton

“In between a rock and a hard place in Milton sits our production brewery and pub,” is how Newstead Brewing Co. introduced their newer and slightly more shiny brewery. Serving food, beer and providing lots of big machines to gawk at, this craft beer bar in Brisbane is the right place to relax in the afternoon, beer in hand.

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67 Castlemaine St, Milton, QLD 4064
Ballistic Beer Co
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Ballistic Beer Co

With their business grounded in the belief that everyone deserves a quality crafted beer, Ballistic Beer founders David and Lachy agree great beer and a great place to drink is what they want their craft beer brewery to be. Now, their core series – including an IPA, a lager, a XPA and a pale –  are loved by locals and in high demand.

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53-55 McCarthy Rd, Salisbury, QLD 4107
Brouhaha Brewery
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Brouhaha Brewery

In the hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterland is a town called Maleny, which is the home of Brouhaha Brewery. With a strong focus on community and local produce, the love for craft beer is strong within their four walls, from the chefs to the bar staff. Encapsulating the best of Queensland-made beer, Brouhaha Brewery is a must-visit this weekend.

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6/39 Coral St, Maleny, QLD 4552
Bacchus Brewing Co.
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Bacchus Brewing Co.

Award-winning micro brewery Bacchus Brewing Co is known as having some of the most interesting and flavourful beers in Queensland. They specialise in bespoke brewing for the trade and public, reproducing favourite styles, developing house brews, reviving ancient brews and simply creating “one off” unique beers for the bar and events around the country.

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1/2 Christine Pl, Capalaba QLD 4157
Brisbane Brewing Co
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Brisbane Brewing Co

This boutique brewery and bar off West End’s legendary Boundary Street is locally famed and loved. Award winning craft beers set the tone and are complimented by their innovative food menu. The Brisbane-based craft beer bar combines an airy beer garden with an open-plan brewery, creating the perfect vibe to enjoy their brews.

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124 Boundary St, West End, QLD 4101
Looking for more? Support local brewers with Byron Bay’s newest low alcohol ale or try your luck on our ultimate beer quiz. If you’d like to discover more things to see and taste in Queensland, then look no further than the state’s top 10 waterfalls to visit, or our pick of the unique getaway gems that you cannot miss!
Feature Image: Photographed by Alizada studios. Image via Shutterstock.
This article was first published on December 9 2016. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on May 14 2021.
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