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Brisbane Brewing Co

Walk past 124 Boundary Street in Brisbane’s West End and you’re met by an ornate set of iron gates featuring intricate hop bines and cones. Eye-catching, for sure. But it’s what lies beyond that is likely to please you rather more.

The team behind Woolloongabba’s Brewhouse Brisbane have worked wonders with their new venue, Brisbane Brewing Co. Pass under the gates and you're led to a courtyard with a welcoming laneway vibe that's one of the most enticing spots to relax once the sun disappears, aided in no small part by delicately poised fairy lights that soften the harsh West End bustle coming from yonder.

That's just the start, however, as the courtyard opens up into a small, open air expanse with an adjoining glass fronted delicatessen counter that serves up an appetising selection of cold meats, salads and a range of cheeses. The temptation may be to stop, stare and indulge there but it's merely the final distraction before you encounter the motherlode: the brewpub that has to be one of the most visually appealing in Australia.

Once inside, it’s easy to forget that just moments prior you were standing on Boundary Street. Soft lighting, timber, black and white floor tiles, a polished concrete bar top and strategically placed foliage combined with the tried and trusted formula of exposed brickwork make the decor simply work, while the warming teal paint covering the wooden cladding is the venue's defining flourish. There’s no doubt about it: Brisbane Brewing Co.'s terrific use of space emits a class unrivalled by most of its peers.

In plain sight is the working brewery itself – set back to one side behind a glass partition – with bright beer tanks located in a purpose-built cold room. They're connected straight to the taps at the bar, offering customers the chance to sup some of the freshest beer in Brisbane.

With ten taps to choose from, including a five-strong core range and three to five seasonals on rotation, Brisbane Brewing Co. tend to tap not only their own beers but also a selection of guest beers too; at time of writing, BBCo are one of only two Brisbane breweries to do so. All tap beers are available as take-aways in 1.89L glass growlers and 1.25L riggers too.

Aside from the delicatessen offerings, the modern food menu boasts larger options too such as hoagies, share plates, beef brisket, beer battered barramundi and chicken parmigiana plus vegetarian options and an extensive dessert menu. Everything is well priced with the average cost of a main and two sides around $25.

In an increasingly crafty part of an increasingly crafty city, Brisbane Brewing Co provides a touch of elegance alongside its brewed onsite beers, with regular jazz evenings, DJs and local musicians completing the picture.

Darren Magin

Name
Brisbane Brewing Co
Address

124 Boundary Street
West End
QLD 4101

Website
Hours

Mon to Thur: 4pm to midnight
Fri to Sun: 11am to midnight

Tours

By appointment

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Brisbane Brewing Co Walker Texas Ranger AIPA

This gold medalist at the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards is their take on the West Coast IPA style. And as we didn't appear to take any tasting notes for it when we called in, we'd best go with the brewer's: "Punching well above its weight with a reckless recipe for fruity, citrusy hop driven disaster, this beer is tempered just in time with its sensitive malty side. There’s a tip of the hat toward the hoppy beers of the West Coast, but this APA is 'Texas-sized' with its resinous… Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Brisbane Brewing Co Brissy Pils

Another beer to pay homage to their hometown is the brewery's resident lager. It takes its lead from the pilsners of Bohemia and then adds a Kiwi flourish in the form of herbal hop Wakaitu. Aside from the herbaceous hop character, this pale organic pilsner offers up a straw like grainy malt character before finishing up dry and bitter.… Read more
Style
Organic Pilsner
Strength
4.7%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Brisbane Brewing Co Sunshine Honey Wheat

Described as "a contemporary Australian take on a classic style", BBCo's honey wheat features more than 50 percent wheat in the malt bill and honey that adds to the malt sweetness of the beer. There are light esters on the nose – the brewer reckons in the form of "hints of orange, musk and jasmine tea", while there's a fruitiness at play from the yeast too in a beer that finishes dry.… Read more
Style
Honey Wheat
Strength
4.7%
Bitterness
15 IBU

Brisbane Brewing Co BPA

The BPA, or Brisbane Pale Ale, is the brewery's take on the Australian pale ale style and uses that most quintessential of new Aussie hops, Galaxy, with its tropical characters. There's a herbal quality to it too, and a lingering, resinous bitterness, the result, we're told, of the use of whole hop flowers infused into the beer via the brewery’s secret weapon: resident “Hopback” - Henry the Hoptapus.… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
Strength
4.1%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Brisbane Brewing Co Sunset

The light beer in Brisbane Brewing Co's range is a summer ale with "a nod to its English heritage" brewed with five different specialty malts and three hops. It's a lightly fruity, grainy affair with a reasonably high bitterness for a low ABV beer.… Read more
Style
Light Beer
Strength
3.0%

Brisbane Brewing Co Specials

Brisbane Brewing Co Gnarley Wine / Party-Guile Sonic Boom / Hefe-rything

Tapped September 8th, 2015
One of the advantages of having your own brewpub – particularly one that's attracting plenty of customers (not to mention having a second venue, as is the case here) – is the freedom to brew as many beers as you like. You don't have to come up with packaging for them (beyond a decal or chalk scribble on a board), you've got regulars coming through the doors looking for something new and, chances are, your brew length is such that even if a beer moves slowly you've not got a huge amount to get… Read more
Style
Barley Wine / Sour / Hefeweizen
Strength
11.6% / 4.0% / 5.3%
Bitterness
60 / 10 / 15 IBU
Stockists

Brisbane Brewing Co

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Brisbane Brewing Co Mild Horses

Tapped August 6th, 2015
They've been keeping busy on the beer front at Brisbane Brewing Co. They recently hosted the launch of the third Band of Brewers collaboration (a Hemp and Corn Dubbel brewed with Newstead and Fortitude) and have a couple of new beers of their own hitting taps too. They make for quite the one-two punch as well: one a gentle, malt led, old school, English style mild, the other a heavy-hitting hop bomb. The first to pour at the venue is the mild, going by the puntastic name Mild Horses. It's a sub-four… Read more
Style
English Mild
Strength
3.9%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Brisbane Brewing Co

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