Two million of us have known about it. Now the world has latched on.
Brisbane has been crowned Australia’s coolest city by those young, fab and roaming funsters over at Lonely Planet and we think we know why. It’s not about the rise of the chichi food joints or the boom in glam new bars. Nope, we’ve taken off our beer goggles and got to the core of what makes us cool.
It all comes down to our coldies.
Beer. Ale. Brewski. Whatever you want to call the amber, Brisbane has a slab of craft beer bars and brewing houses to tickle anyone’s tonsils. Take an easy hop, sip and jump and check out these top beer haunts.
The Scratch, Milton
It’s all about the beer at this dive. Popular with locals, The Scratch has no pretention, no dress code or pub bands – it’s all about damn good drinking. Did we mention they also have a BYO food policy (winning!). If you love your independent beers, this is the place to be.
Green Beacon Brewing Co, Newstead
Could it get any better than sipping a freshly brewed craft beer with huge flavour alongside a plate of local Queensland seafood? Green Beacon‘s beers are crafted specially to match food, by a foursome who has travelled the world and come back to their hometown to sow the brewing seeds of change.
Bitter Suite, New Farm
“Beer is life and life is… Bitter Suite” is the motto at this popular New Farm drinking hole. Grab a seat in the beautiful, old red brick building that features seven tap beers and over 55 bottled beers – they’re sure to have something for you.
Tippler’s Tap, Newstead
Fancy a frothy with an American twist? This hearty beer den has 10 beers on tap and one brew served on a vintage English hand pump tap. Soak up the booze with some tasty wings and sliders – a perfect place for a chilled afternoon bevy.
Archive Beer Boutique, West End
This place gives the phrase looking into the archives a whole new meaning. Found on the edge of the belly of pulsating West End, try one of 14 draught beers on tap, or, if you’ve got a few hours, work your way through a menu of more than 400 domestic and imported brews. We don’t know who Murray is, but his Anniversary Ale costs $85 for a 750ml bottle among an interesting menu of reserved beers. Cheers to that.
XXXX Ale House, Milton
Can’t get enough of the amber stuff? How about a tour through the iconic XXXX brewery to learn about the creation of this liquid gold.
Way back in 1878, Castlemaine Perkins established the XXXX brewery and Queenslanders have been loving their brew ever since. The back rooms tour takes in the real, working parts of the brewery including the biggest single packing line in the Southern Hemisphere. The Ale House is also open for lunch. We wouldn’t give a XXXX for anything less.
Have I missed a local favourite? Comment below and share your best Brisbane beer experiences.
Just try not to sound like these guys when you’re ordering. (Warning: Bad language alert!)
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