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10 places to quench your thirst in Queensland

Raise your glass my friends, Queensland beer week is only a few sips sleeps away!

The imminent melody of beer bottles and schooner glasses clinking across the state got us thinking; what are the top-shelf beer experiences in Queensland?

We’ve done the research, trust me, it wasn’t easy (okay maybe it was very easy) and have compiled 10 beer experiences worth adding to your beer-ket list.

1. Tour the spiritual home of Queensland beerXXXX Ale House

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 nearly 140-year-old icon run daily and visitors can see how the beer is made before enjoying their own Milton Mango.

2. Drink beer + help protect the Great Barrier Reef = win-win!

The legends at Bargara Brewing Company teamed up with the Good Beer Co and the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) to develop Great Barrier Beer, donating 50% of profits from this easy drinking IPA to support AMCS’ Great Barrier Reef conservation projects. The Brewhouse in Bundaberg is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a glass or two after a day exploring the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

3. A match made in heaven

It’s an unlikely pairing, but beer and cheese go together like Queen Elizabeth and her corgies. Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland town of Mount Tamborine and match the cheese at Witches Chase Cheese with award-winning beer samples from Mount Tamborine Brewery next door. 

4. The beer brewed with water from a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Photo by Hemingways Brewery FNQ via Instagram

Overlooking the marina at Port Douglas, Hemingways is a microbrewery with a small range of locally crafted beers that use water sourced from Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park. It’s not every day you can explore a World Heritage Site before drinking a beer sourced from its waterways.

5. The town with five pubs

Barcaldine (a.k.a Barcy) is a tiny town near Longreach in Outback Queensland that is famous for having five pubs (not bad for a population of around 2,000 people). Hit up the Shakespeare, Railway, Commercial, Union and Artesian Hotels for a classic Queensland pub crawl.

6. Beers and bulls

The iconic Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton is the home of great steak, rodeos and most importantly, beer. This grand old pub host rodeos every Wednesday and Friday night in their huge 1,0000 seat arena, attracting champion riders from far and near.

7. Archive of ales

Archive Beer Boutique

Photo by Archive Beer Boutique via Instagram

Beer-aficionados won’t go thirsty at Archive Beer Boutique in Brisbane’s West End, with more than 400 different bottled beers and 22 rotating draught beers to choose from. Literally, if you can dream of a certain type of beer, it probably exists at Archive.

8. 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 in Townsville’s original post office building and is flanked by an impressive clock tower.

9. No bitter aftertaste

Cleverly named beer bistro Bitter Suite is a fan-favourite among New Farm locals in Brisbane. 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 local craft beers on tap or one of 55 (mostly) Australian bottled beers that has locals returning on the regular.

10. The outback pub to trump all outback pubsBirdsville Hotel near Big Red Bash

Last but definitely not least is the Birdsville Hotel. It’s stood since 1884 and has endured floods, fires and even cyclones. Simply put, it’s un-Australian to never pull up a stool and enjoy a cold-one at Birdsville’s iconic local.

Please remember to always drink responsibly and never drink and drive.

What’s your ultimate beer experience in Queensland? Let us know in the comments below.