The countdown is to our very own beer bash with the inaugural Queensland Beer Week from July 16-22.
There’s just over three weeks to go until the collective ‘clink’ of beer bottles is heard across Queensland as breweries, bottle shops and pubs team up to showcase the very best of Aussie beer culture.
But if you can’t wait to crack a coldie then reward your hard-earned thirst with 10 of the best beer experiences in Queensland.
1. Take a tour with a tipple
Get inside the head, the heart and the history of Queensland’s amber elixir with a tour through the XXXX Ale House in Brisbane’s inner-west. Tours of the 130-year-old icon run daily and visitors can see how the beer is made and taste the final product.
2. Bavarian beer in the bush
If the clink of a beer stein and the image of an honest Aussie farmer in a good pair of lederhosen appeals, then head west for the world’s most remote Outback Oktoberfest in Jundah. You won’t go hungry or thirsty with Beer Wenches catering to your every whim, whether it be a big juicy bratwurst or stein of authentic Erdinger beer specially imported from Germany.
3. Get crafty on the coast
You can’t rush a good thing, according to the Gold Coast’s only craft brewery, Burleigh Brewing Company. It takes around a month to perfect their beer brew. Clearly they’re doing something right – their HEF beer was recently judged the Best German Wheat Beer at the World Beer Cup 2012. Wunderbar!
4. A match made in heaven
It’s an unlikely pairing, but beer and cheese go together like Queen Elizabeth and her corgies. Explore the hinterland town of Mount Tamborine and match the cheese at Witches Chase Cheese with award-winning beer samples from Mount Tamborine Brewery next door.
5. Beers and bull riding
The iconic Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton is the home of great steak, rodeos and most importantly, beer. This 116-year-old pub plays host to major national rodeos and features a huge undercover rodeo arena for 1,000 people that attracts champion riders from near and far.
6. BYO (Brew Your Own) beer
Be your own brew master for a day at Brew 4 U in Brisbane – Queensland’s first brew-on-premises microbrewery. Visit the brewery and choose a beer from their list of over 200 different styles. Measure out the ingredients, mix them together and transfer it to the fermenter where your brew will bubble for 2-4 weeks. At the end of the process, take home 50 litres of your very own freshly brewed and bottled beer.
7. Archive of ales
Beer-aficionados won’t go thirsty at Archive Beer Boutique in Brisbane’s West End, with more than 400 different bottled beers and 14 draught beers to choose from. If the reserve selection is more to your taste, for $175 you can try a bottle of Brewdog’s Tactical Nuclear Penguin. With 32 per cent alcohol it’s the world’s strongest beer and should be enjoyed like a fine whisky.
8. Sky’s the limit
The tropical climate of North Queensland has always been associated with cold, thirst-quenching beer. Enter Blue Sky Brewery. Situated in the heart of Cairns, the brewery produces 10 preservative-free, full-flavoured beers including lagers, ales and ciders. Enjoy guided tours from Monday to Thursday where you can sample their stable of beers including FNQ Lager, FNQ Gold, Cairns Gold and Blue Sky Pilsner.
9. Something’s a-brewing
One of Australia’s premier boutique breweries, the Townsville Brewing Company has been brewing six regular beers plus various seasonal releases since opening in 2001. The brewery is housed within the town’s original post office building and flanked by an impressive clock tower.
10. No bitter aftertaste
Cleverly named beer bistro Bitter Suite is one of New Farm’s trendy new kids on the block and becoming a fast favourite for weekend afternoon drinks. Patrons can order hearty fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But it’s their grazing menu begging to be washed down with a choice of seven local craft beers on tap, plus 55 (mostly) Australian bottles that’s winning over locals.