It’s fair to say there’s not another brewery in Australia like Bacchus. Whether it’s the number of new beers they release in a calendar year – more than 120 last time around – or the way in which they do it – carrying out concurrent brews on multiple small systems – they’re unique. As are many of the beers they brew too, from rum cask-aged Baltic porters to ales with macadamia and honey and the rather idiosyncratic Cock Ale (containing chicken, in case you’re getting nervous).
If it sounds like something a particularly active and creative home brewer might get up to, then it is, kind of, as Bacchus is based in a giant home brew supplies store and its multiple brewhouses were originally used for a “brew your own beer” business. It was taken over in July 2010 by Ross Kenrick, himself a successful home brewer who was looking for a premises for his Craftbrewer business, who promptly set about putting together a team to create the huge array of beers that flows through their 27 in-house taps, fills their wort kits for home brewers, and finds its way onto a growing number of taps around Queensland and, on occasion, further afield. They brew beers for a handful of contract brewers and venues too, including 4 Hearts Brewing, and will even brew them for you if you’ve got a recipe in mind and would like to turn it into 50 litres of beer.
Alternatively, you can buy a selection of Bacchus beers in five litre mini-kegs from their Capalaba home, where there’s much else to buy too, whether you’re a home brewer of any standard or someone looking to deck out a bar with goods from The Pub Shop. There’s a vast collection of pretty much every piece of kit you could wish to get your hands on and a staggering amount of ingredients too. When The Crafty Pint called in, there were more than 100 grains, 140 different hop products and 110 yeast strains in stock; little wonder the brewers there are able to knock out so many new beers in a year…
Please note: the beers listed as regulars below are those regularly pouring from the 27 tap at the brewery.
Bacchus Brewing Beers
- Bacchus Falconer's Flight
- Bacchus Zythos IPA
- Bacchus Obama IPA
- Bacchus Cunning Ninja's Imperial IPA
- Bacchus Red Bellied Black
- Bacchus Brown Eyed Girl
- Bacchus Cougar Wit
- Bacchus Dubbel
- Bacchus Bohemian Pilsner
- Bacchus Oatmeal Stout
- Bacchus Nelson Sauvin Summer Ale
- Bacchus Celtic Red Ale
- Bacchus Schwarzbier
- Bacchus Bushfire
- Bacchus Black Goat Ale
- Bacchus Belgian Pale Ale
- Bacchus London Porter
- Bacchus GMT +10 IPA
- Bacchus APA
- Bacchus Queensland Ale
- Bacchus Amber Ale
- Bacchus Hibiscus Saison
- Bacchus Rum Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter
- Bacchus Belgian Mocha Coffee Stout
- Bacchus Sticke
- Bacchus Big Red (Cock Ale)
- Bacchus Gose
- Bacchus Smokin' Mountie
- Bacchus Choccy Woccy Stout
- Bacchus War & Peat
- Bacchus White Chocolate Pilsner
There are no specials
Bacchus Falconer's Flight
Brewer’s notes: This big American style IPA is crammed full of a single variety of hops called “Falconers Flight”. The aroma & flavour is an explosion of tropical stone fruit & citrus. The rich malt backbone balances the hop intensity perfectly.
Style: US IPA
Bacchus Zythos IPA
Brewer’s notes: This big American style India Pale Ale (IPA) is crammed full of a single propriety hop blend called “Zythos” (Meaning beer in Greek). The aroma is a heavenly mix of citrus & pine that follows into the flavour.
Style: US IPA
Bacchus Obama IPA
Brewer’s notes: Australia’s first commercial Black IPA, crammed full of citrusy American hops, this beautifully balanced Black IPA is an explosion of tropical stone fruit flavours with layers of sweet ginger, caramel & coffee.
Style: Black IPA
Bacchus Cunning Ninja's Imperial IPA
Brewer’s notes: Dangerously sessional Imperial Black IPA. Intense aroma of piny citrus mixed with ginger nut & marmalade leads into similar flavours combined with a peppery spiciness. The finish is long & bitter.
Style: Imperial IPA
Bacchus Red Bellied Black
Brewer’s notes: Raise your glass to the light & this beer shows off it’s beautiful red underbelly. Intense tropical piny aromas lead into fruity tropical flavours with hints of honeydew melon & ginger. Dangerously sessional, due to a unique subtle tartness derived from our secret spice ingredient. Beware it’s bite.
Style: Imperial Red Ale
Bacchus Brown Eyed Girl
Brewer’s notes: American style Brown Ale. Big citrus hops balanced by malt with hints coffee & dark chocolate.
Style: American Brown Ale
Bacchus Cougar Wit
Brewer’s notes: A classic Belgian wheat beer, infused with coriander & orange zest. Served cloudy in the traditional manner, this spicy beer has a silky mouthfeel with a slightly tart refreshing finish.
Style: Belgian Witbier
Brewer’s notes: Intense banana melds with complex malty flavours of fig, dried plums & mixed spices.
Style: Belgian Dubbel
Bacchus Bohemian Pilsner
Brewer’s notes: Classic Czech pilsner made from the finest malt & Saaz hops. Floral, spicy with an assertive bitterness.
Bacchus Oatmeal Stout
Brewer’s notes: Rich, silky smooth, full bodied stout, this beer is a meal in a glass
Style: Oatmeal Stout
Bacchus Nelson Sauvin Summer Ale
Brewer’s notes: Intense sauvignon Blanc grape like character in this glorious golden ale.
Style: Summer Ale
Bacchus Celtic Red Ale
Brewer’s notes: Classic Irish red ale. Rich malty, biscuity, roasty, coffee flavours. In the style of Kilkenny but with much greater depth of flavour.
Style: Celtic Red Ale
Brewer’s notes: Silky smooth black lager with flavours of dark coffee & chocolate. A true favourite with men and women alike.
Style: Dark lager
Brewer’s notes: Smoked Rye Schwarzbier, smokey bacon in a glass.
Style: Smoked dark lager
Bacchus Black Goat Ale
Brewer’s notes: Classic English best bitter in the style of a Yorkshire ale.
Style: Best bitter
Bacchus Belgian Pale Ale
Brewer’s notes: Subtle bubblegum & spice aromas combine with rich bready malt flavours in this highly sessional ale.
Style: Belgian Pale Ale
Bacchus London Porter
Brewer’s notes: Authentic 1700’s London porter. Smokey & slightly astringent. The depth of flavour is amazing.
Style: London Porter
Bacchus GMT +10 IPA
Brewer’s notes: Classic English IPA, crammed full of goldings & fuggles hops.
Style: English IPA
Brewers notes: West Coast style American Pale Ale, Citrus aromas & flavours balanced by a nice biscuity malt profile.
Style: American Pale Ale
Bacchus Queensland Ale
Brewer’s notes: Australian Ale using Qld ingredients. Macadamia Honey & Wattle seed. The aroma of passionfruit gives way to a subtle nutty, honey, taste with a dry spicy finish from the wattle.
Style: Fruit / Spiced Ale
Bacchus Amber Ale
Brewer’s notes: American style amber ale, fruity, light & toasty with caramel hints. A real session beer.
Style: Amber Ale
Bacchus Hibiscus Saison
Brewer’s notes: Blood red in colour. Champagne like, rich berry aromas, combine with intense flavours of cranberry, black currant & cherry, giving way to a mango nectar. Silky in texture but finishes dry & refreshingly tart.
Style: Fruit Saison
Bacchus Rum Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter
Brewer’s notes: Baltic Porter aged in bourbon rum barrels & infused with cacao nibs (raw chocolate). Tastes like liquid rum balls.
Style: Barrel-Aged Baltic Porter
Bacchus Belgian Mocha Coffee Stout
Brewer’s notes: Belgian Stout cold infused with Cacao & the finest fresh roast coffee.
Style: Coffee Stout
Brewer’s notes: “Sticke” meaning special, is an Alt beer brewed a couple of times a year in Germany. Devine cigar like aroma, sweet mouth filling malt & a strong bitter finish.
Style: Sticke Alt
Bacchus Big Red (Cock Ale)
Brewer’s notes: Scottish recipe from an ancient 1500s text. An ale containing grapes, spiced with mace & infused with a whole chicken!!!
Style: Spiced Fowl Beer
Brewer’s notes: Ancient German beer style, made with salt & lactic acid & spiced with coriander. Easy drinking beer, slightly tart from the lactic, with the coriander flavour lifted by the salt.
Bacchus Smokin' Mountie
Brewer’s notes: Rich flavours of smoky bacon & maple syrup in this Canadian style breakfast beer.
Style: Smoked Ale
Bacchus Choccy Woccy Stout
Brewer’s notes: Our silver medal Oatmeal Stout infused twice (in the boil & again in the cask) with the finest cacao & chocolate.
Style: Coffee & Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
Bacchus War & Peat
Brewer’s notes: Russian Imperial Stout aged in Single malt Islay whisky barrels.
Style: Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout
Bacchus White Chocolate Pilsner
Brewer’s notes: Who’d have thought that white chocolate & pilsner would be such a good match, this beer is really unique.
Style: Chocolate Pilsner