Today, there is no shortage of great Brisbane beer. Like the rest of Australia’s beer scene, Brisbane’s beer scene has come a long way in recent years. With the general standard of public tastes improving and a greater variety of locally crafted beers, it’s an exciting time for beer drinkers in Brisbane. This is not just because of the new arrivals on the beer scene and its steady spread outwards from Brisbane, but also with a number of existing breweries set to expand.
Queensland alone has over 60 craft breweries on top of the big breweries like XXXX and Great Northern Brewing Co with many of these being located in and around Brisbane. With so many breweries it is no surprise that there is such an array of local beer on offer that will surely please every beer drinker’s tastes.
Despite Queensland’s strong craft brewery scene, Queensland, like the rest of the Australian craft breweries have a number of challenges to contend with when it comes getting their beers in front of eager consumers. These factors make it even more important to go direct to the breweries to experience their local and seasonal brews, which is why we have listed some of the Brisbane’s best below.
Brisbane Craft Breweries
This reasonably new brewery creates and serves nine Aether brews in-house, along with three guest drops. Some of their signature beers include Aether Hop, Skip & Jump IPA, Viktor Imperial Red, Horizon Porter and Boos Bitter
Based in Banyo, they make full flavored ales that are free from additives, unfiltered, unpasteurized and finings free. Their ales include the Lucy – Session Ale, Ruby – Amber Ale, Betty – Porter, and Penny – Pale Ale.
These guys pride themselves on designing their brewery to produce the freshest, fullest flavored, delicious tasting beer. Ballistic has four key beers of different styles, with everything from their Australian Psycho IPA, Dirty Word Lager, Pilot Light Table Beer, and The Grandfather Strong Oaked Ale.
Brisbane Brewing Co. is a boutique craft beer brewery and bar with a range of award winning craft beers are brewed on site. From here you can enjoy their Sunset Light Golden Ale, Brisbane Pale Ale, Brissy Pils Organic Pilsner, Walker Texas Ranger American India Pale Ale.
Catchment Brewing has a core range, which reflects the kind of beers they like to drink on a regular basis. Their small brewery also allows them to experiment and craft small, one-off batches that change with the seasons. Core beers include a Bright Ale, Pale Select, and the 500 IPA.
Green Beacon is Brisbane’s oldest brewery, opening in January 2013. Like many others, it was started by a couple of young friends who wanted to create quality, handcrafted local beers aimed at the discerning drinker. Their core range includes the 3 Bolt Pale Ale, 7 Bells Passionfruit Gose, Cross Knot Kolsch, Half Mast India Session Ale, Mainstay American Amber Ale, Penny Porter, Wayfarer American Wheat, and the Windjammer India Pale Ale.
Newstead brew a variety of chemical and preservative free beers. Their core range include, a 3 Quarter Time Session Ale, The Mayne Thing Golden Ale, Liquidambar Amber Ale, Out & a Bout Pale Ale, Two to the Valley India Pale Ale, 21 Feet 7 Inches Porter, The Belmont Saison, The Nundah Hefeweizen, Paddington E.S.B, Toowong Dubbel, and the Jono Cider.
As you can see, these last two breweries have a number of more beers in their core range as they are the two biggest craft breweries in Brisbane.
Popular Brisbane Beer Varieties
The most popular beer style in modern Australia is lager, however, as you can see from these popular craft breweries, Brisbane beer drinkers also are big fans of a variety of ales. With most of these breweries producing a pale ale, amber ale, IPA and a session ale, it is clear that the local beer scene loves an ale.
Not only are there many great breweries, bars and bottle shops to get your locally produced beer, but there is also a few beer festivals popping up to celebrate this sparkling amber liquid.
Beer isn’t all Brisbane is brewing up. There are also many great Brisbane coffee roasters, which you should definitely check out.