The Brisbane craft beer scene is bigger than it’s ever been and it’s getting more popular by the day!
Different, and many would say ‘superior’ to your average lager and ales; craft beer is manufactured from start to finish in a small, independently owned brewery. The entire craft beer brewing process takes place in a microbrewery with the taste, flavours and texture all uniquely created by the brewery owner.
Each microbrewery produces a craft beer with a distinctive flavour which is revolutionising the way we drink beer here in Brisbane. Craft beer bars are making beer much more of an experience to immerse yourself in rather than traditionally ‘grabbing a beer’ as we’ve always done before.
With the rise in popularity of craft beer, Brisbane is now home to many microbreweries which brew and produce their own beer and the Queensland capital is the prime location to try a broad range of distinctive craft beers, each one different to the one before.
As locals to the area, here are nine craft beer bars Brisbane is home to which you should make an effort to visit if you want to try some of the best craft beer around!
Brisbane Brewing Co.
Brisbane Brewing Co is located on Boundary Street in the West End and is considered a local attraction for visitors and residents alike. With stylish décor and a spacious beer garden, Brisbane Brewing Co. is a perfect place for a catch up with your mates or to celebrate a special occasion.
Brewski has something for everyone! With over 200 bottled craft beers on sale, and eight different beer taps every day, no two visits are the same! Located on the infamous Caxton Street (number 22 to be precise!), an excellent value menu and an awesome fun and friendly atmosphere awaits!
Green Beacon Brewing Co.
he award winning Green Beacon Brewing Co. won 2016 ‘Champion Medium Brewery of The Year’ and ‘The Champion Specialty Beer’ award for their Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale making this Teneriffe-based microbrewery well worth a visit! With an enticing range of seafood, share plates and bar snacks on the menu, The Green Beacon Brewing Co is the ideal place to spend the afternoon or evening bonding with your mates over a craft beer!
The Scratch Bar
If drinking’s your game, The Scratch is the name…that you’re looking for! Oh, nobody said we were poets!! Beer is our thing and let us tell you that The Scratch can offer you (in their own words!) some ‘damn good drinkin’. One of the crusiest craft beer bars Brisbane has to offer, The Scratch is located in Milton and you can BYO food, take advantage of one of their finest cheese platters, or visit just to take advantage of their rotating draft beer menu.
Newstead Brewing Co.
he Newstead Brewing Co. is located in a funky warehouse style building on Doggett Street and is one not to miss! The impressive microbrewery and restaurant boasts a timber bar, brick walls and it’s maintained its original industrial theme through the decor.
As well as eight of its own craft beers on tap, this craft brewery also has an extensive range of cocktails and an excellent wine list available making this a great place to celebrate all occasions!
Archive consider themselves one of the best Brisbane craft beer providers, and with over 400 different bottled beers from across the world, and 22 rotating beers on tap, they’re definitely worth a visit! Situated in Brisbane’s West End; Archive is open seven days a week from 11am and with a lunch and dinner menu to die for, and live music every Friday & Saturday night; you’ll be glad you made the visit!
All Inn Brewing Co.
On the outskirts of Brisbane, craft beer bar All Inn Brewing Co is our weekend craft brewery of choice! Closed for brewing during the week, the brewery in Banyo is only open to the public on weekends, but the live music, monthly food trucks and the vast array of craft beer makes the trip out of town well worth it.
Ahhh, Saccharomyces; not only the most essential organism in your beer, but also a pretty awesome craft brewery to hang out! Saccharomyces is ‘more than just an ordinary pub’, and the staff there have worked hard to bring you a traditional craft brewery with a contemporary twist. With rotating beer and food menus; you’ll have a different experience every time you visit this Brisbane craft beer bar, located on Fish Lane/Mervale Street.
The Catchment Brewing Co.
One of the newer craft beer bars Brisbane is home to is The Catchment Brewing Co situated on Boundary Street. Founded in 2014 by two local families, this large space has upstairs balconies where you can enjoy one of the craft beers on the ever-changing menu, listen to some live music and watch the world pass you by. With an extensive food menu, a large range of whiskies and wines, this is the newest, yet one of the best, craft beer bars Brisbane has to offer!
Fritzenberger Brew Pub
Over on Petrie Terrace is the Fritzenberger craft brewery. Specialising in, but not limiting themselves to, gourmet burgers, fries and of course; the craft beer! They’re open seven days a week and will even brew your own personalised beer for your celebration or special occasion.
If you can’t make it to any of the craft beer bars Brisbane is home to, but you still want to get involved in the Brisbane craft beer scene; Bacchus Brewing deliver! For just $10 delivery a carton, they will deliver their premium craft beer to you anywhere in Australia! But that aside, if you’re in the area, the Capalaba location is well worthy of a Sunday session so get involved if you can!
Ballistic Beer Co.
Just on the outskirts in Salisbury, the Ballistic Beer Co offers a great location to eat, drink and be merry! You’ll find craft lager on the menu at this beer bar created with the sole purpose to ‘prove the lager haters wrong’! We think they’ve done just that, if you’re more lager than craft beer, don’t miss Ballistic Beer Co!
White Lies Brewing Co.
Located in Sumner, this Brisbane craft beer bar is open Friday through to Sunday and features international food trucks, an indoor putting green and access to some classic games such as Connect 4 and Uno! If one thing’s guaranteed, it’s that you won’t get bored! If you don’t like the food that’s on offer, don’t worry, you can order take away from any of the local restaurants and have it delivered while you enjoy your beer!
With such a large selection of Brisbane craft beer bars, it can be hard knowing where to start. With each one an institution in their own right and giving their patrons a completely different experience than the one before; food, entertainment, location and of course, the craft beers are all unique and the preferred microbrewery of choice is left to the individual.
At Hops and Brew, we’ve created interactive brewery day tours to make sure you see the best craft beer bars Brisbane has to offer, and you don’t miss a thing! Let us take care of the details, so all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy the best craft beer Brisbane is currently showcasing!
Contact us today to book your tour which will take you to some, if not all, of the awesome venues mentioned here. Further details available on request.