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 and, as of late 2014, pick them up in bottles too. Late 2014 also saw the home brewing business moved down the road to allow Bacchus to open a brewery bar, open all week and staffed by the brewers as they go about making their crazy drops.
The Bacchus approach has found favour all over the country too, with a beer – the Raspberry White Chocolate Pilsner – winning the People's Choice award at the 2013 GABS festival in Melbourne and Bacchus shortlisted for Champion Small Brewery a year later at the Australian International Beer Awards.
Please note: the beers listed as regulars below are those regularly pouring from the taps at the brewery. You'll find many more each time you visit.