Newstead Brewing Co

The beer scene around Brisbane and South East Queensland has utterly transformed itself from a place of few microbreweries and even fewer places in which to drink a craft beer to one of the most vibrant and diverse in Australia. Playing a major role in that transformation since opening the doors of its industrial-meets-refined-dining brewery in December 2013 is Newstead Brewing Co.

Instantly forming a mini-crawl for beer lovers alongside Green Beacon and Tippler's Tap (since relocated to the Southbank) within the Newstead suburb of central Brisbane – itself utterly transformed and now home to a growing number of residential apartment blocks and creative businesses – it quickly found fans for its beers. What's more, visitors were drawn to the unique dining experience within the former coach warehouse: an experience that's as good as at any brewery in Australia.

The two men largely responsible for these twin appeals are Mark Howes, the cellular biologist and fastidious home brewer turned fastidious pro brewer, and Michael Conrad, a man with a storied background in high end hospitality. The former set about taking his finely honed recipes from home onto a commercial scale; the latter, working alongside architects, brought his fine dining nous to bear on creating a welcoming restaurant that sits between the open kitchen and 12-tap bar pouring a mixture of their beers and guests' on one side, the brewery on the other, and underneath what they have tagged, totally appropriately, "Big Ass Fans”.

Milling around in the background and filling out the directorship are Mark's parents, Peter and Heather. While Peter’s background is in business management and his passion lies in wine, he is ever so slowly being exposed to and appreciating the world of craft beer. Between them, these not-so-silent partners bring more than 30 years of growing a small business to the table and keep Mark’s and Michael’s heads out of the clouds.

The quality of Mark's beers was apparent early on (he brewed 96 batches of home brew in the 12 months leading to Newstead's opening). And, in combination with the work of Michael's hand on the hospo side – not to mention the insatiable desire for good beer amid Brisbane's flourishing beer scene – they ensured people were quickly flooding through the doors and bars were demanding Newstead beers for their own taps.

Their quickfire success – and Mark's inability to say no when gypsy brewing mates such as Brewtal Brewers and Croft Brewing come asking for tank space – did raise one significant problem, however: they quickly exceeded brewing capacity. For, while putting their brewhouse and row of fermenters along one side of their warehouse space creates a visually arresting site for visitors, it limits them to no more than 40 kegs per double batch brew. Thus, having initially met demand both at home and interstate via Sydney contract facility BrewPack and their mates at KAIJU! in Melbourne, they opened a second site in Milton, home to a serious production facility and impressive venue in the shadow on both Suncorp Stadium and the home of XXXX.

Managing growth has done little to affect the beer's quality. Their 3 Quarter Time Session Ale took out the trophy for Best Specialty Beer at the 2015 Craft Beer Awards shortly after their Two to the Valley collected gold at the Australian International Beer Awards, with the former striking gold again in 2017. They're both beers that, as with their stablemates and the rest of the Newstead look and feel, place themselves as part of Brisbane's heritage.

All the while, the open door policy continues as arch-collaborator Mark invites brewers and bar owners into the brewery; for Brewsvegas 2015 alone, he brewed nine separate collaborative beers and the arrival of the production facility means there's now tanks at Doggett dedicated to gypsy brewers, collaborations and experiements.

With such a work ethic and a business suffused with a spirit that embodies the best of the beer world, it's little wonder Newstead has come so far so fast.

Name
Newstead Brewing Co
Address

85 Doggett Street
Newstead
QLD 4006

Phone
(07) 3172 2488
Website
Hours

Seven days: 10am to midnight

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Newstead Brewing Co Regulars

Newstead Brewing The Ballymore Queensland Lager

Tapped March 6th, 2018
Think of the last time you went to the rugby – or just about any sporting event, for that matter. You went to watch the game, but it’s never just about the game. You wanted to get caught up in the buzz, the atmosphere, the excitement of it all. So you brought your mates, you wore your team colours, you got a pie and some “hot” chips… and you grabbed beer. Your mates were fun, your jersey helped your team score (that’s how it works, right?), the chips were tolerable… and the beer was… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Lager
Strength
3.5%

Newstead Brewing Two to the Valley IPA

While the Porter may have been the first of Newstead's core beers to take our fancy, the Two to the Valley IPA has evolved into a beast that's giving it a good run for its money. It has everything you'd want from a bold American style IPA: hop aromas that flit from piney and tropical to herbaceous, plus tropical, kaffir lime like hop flavours and an aggressive, resinous back palate bitterness. It seems that those who know a thing or two about beer like it too as it won one of not very many golds… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
5.9%
Bitterness
75 IBU

Newstead Brewing 24 Feet 7 Inches Porter

This was the beer that first caught the attention of the Crafty palate on our first visit to Newstead in its early days. Their Porter takes its name from the devastating flood that hit Brisbane in January 1974 instead floods your palate with a bold array of dark malt characters. Within its red-tinged, nigh on black body you'll find all manner of burnt nuts, soft roasted barley, cocoa, demerara sugar, a hint of Tim Tam and a dry, dark chocolate, bitter finish.… Read more
Style
Porter
Strength
5.2%
Bitterness
54 IBU

Newstead Brewing Liquidambar Amber Ale

Just as Mark Howes likes to pack more hops than the average man into his lower ABV ales, it appears he's a fan of ramping up the malt character in his amber too. For a start, this beer named after a gum tree pours with the sort of colour that makes you (well, those of us at Crafty Towers anyway) want to dive straight in: a burnished deep chestnut glow that will have you salivating like Pavolv's dog. It's the result of a mix of six malts, which also deliver flavours and aromas of Werther's Originals,… Read more
Style
Amber Ale
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
16 IBU

Newstead Brewing Out and a Bout Pale Ale

A beer named in tribute to the area in which the brewery is based and the man whose name is given to the street in which Newstead stands, is a pale ale with a punchy bitterness beyond that you'll find in pretty much any of its Aussie peers. The hops delivering said bitterness are of the American variety, delivering pine forest aromas and flavours with some citrus poking its nose through atop a soft, lightly sweet malt base there merely in a supporting role.… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
46 IBU

Newstead Brewing Mayne Thing Golden Ale

A beer that shows you don't have to strip all malt and hop character out of a beer in order to call it a golden ale, Mayne thing may be the beer designed as the entry point in Newstead's core range but it's got plenty going for it. Not least the bright and lively citrusy and tropical hop aromas emitted form its clear golden liquid. There's a touch of sweet malt in there too, straying into caramel territory, but mainly it's about the Citra and Galaxy hop combo, presented cleanly in a beer in which… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Newstead Brewing 3 Quarter Time Session Ale

The first time we encountered Newstead's 3 Quarter Time, there was reluctance to give it a go. Not because there was any fear that it would be terrible, but because it was not long after 9.30 in the morning and we had a long day on the road ahead visiting breweries and venues around South East Queensland. We'd called into a Brewsvegas at which men were enjoying a brewing, BBQing and barbering workshop at Brewski. "It's only 3.4 percent." "Oh, OK then." And weren't we glad we were… Read more
Style
Mid Strength
Strength
3.4%
Bitterness
35 IBU

Newstead Brewing Co Specials

Newstead Brewing Fresh Eleanor Harvest Ale

Tapped April 16th, 2018
Most breweries that brew a fresh hop beer have their hops delivered by cold courier – after all, they need to brew with them within a couple of days of them being harvested to reap the benefits of using fresh hops. So, when Newstead Brewing was told there had been a logistical mix up and their Galaxy hops wouldn’t be delivered in time, there was a tense moment: had they missed their opportunity. But, if you know the personalities there, they’ve never been the sort to be easily defeated. It… Read more
Style
Fresh Hop Harvest Ale
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Newstead Brewing The Nundah Hefeweizen

Tapped January 1st, 2018
Nundah’s become a little bit more fancy in recent years – specialty coffee and French fusion restaurants, anyone? But it’s traditionally been a working class suburb, first colonised by the Germans, home to strong and silent workers who get in, do their job (and do it damn well), then go home to rest up so they can do it again tomorrow. This is The Nundah Hefeweizen, one of the Newstead's four yeast-driven seasonals. It’s powerful and efficient, without being overpowering. It takes a reliable,… Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
18 IBU

Newstead Brewing The Belmont Saison

Tapped November 1st, 2017
By volume, lagers are very much the beer of the people in Australia. But if you’re looking for a beer that’ll satisfy your thirst so you can get back to work under the Australian sun, the saison is an under-appreciated style. The Brisbane suburb of Belmont has a long history of farming, and those poor blighters probably had no idea what they were missing. The Belmont, one of Newstead's seasonal releases, each of which features a different yeast as its star character, looks unassuming – clear… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Ale
Strength
6.4%
Bitterness
19 IBU

Newstead Brewing The Zoo v.5.0

Tapped February 21st, 2018
Over the past few months, we'd been a little surprised at the lack of limited release beers from Newstead given how often they tended to fly out of their original Doggett Street home. But, we figured, they've been pretty damn busy: settling into the new Milton facility, launching the core range in cans, overseeing a PhD project (of which more on the latest soon), forging partnerships outside the beer world, and so on. Turns out we just weren't paying close enough attention. The brewing team – and… Read more
Style
Wild Corn Ale
Strength
7.8%
Bitterness
34 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Doggett Street

Tippler's Tap

Newstead Brewing Westerlies 2017

Tapped June 7th, 2017
As winter returns, so does Newstead's winter seasonal lager. Like 2016's release, the 2017 Westerlies is a Schwarzbier (dark lager) that eschews any New World temptations in favour of old fashioned line and length. Thus, there's a combination of pilsner, crystal and biscuit malts to give the beer its dark brown hue and, so we're told, "subdued toasty flavours, hints of coffee and chocolate". On the hop front, it's an all German lineup – Magnum, Hallertau and Tettnang – that serve up… Read more
Style
Schwarzbier
Strength
4.9%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Doggett Street

Others TBC

Newstead Brewing & 8 Wired Eden

Tapped May 12th, 2017
One of the many wonderful things about beer weeks is the opportunities it gives brewers to come together, share ideas and make beer. It will be happening at many breweries across Melbourne and Victoria during this Good Beer Week and happened during Brewsvegas in March. Arch collaborators Newstead invited Soren from 8 Wired to join them at their Doggett Street home to create a beer together: Eden, a 10.5 percent ABV smoked brown ale. It is, we're told, a modern day twist on a traditional Adambier,… Read more
Style
Imperial Smoked Brown Ale
Strength
10.5%
Stockists

Newstead Brewing's two venues

Newstead Brewing Brewsvegas Beer 2017

Tapped February 4th, 2017
Each year, not only does Brewsvegas bring the good times to Brisbane for a week and a bit of marvellous beer events, it brings out a commemorative beer too. Sure, it's not going to stick around like the mug your gran got to commemorate the wedding of Charles and Di, but you can be sure it's got better taste. For 2017, they enlisted the services of Newstead, who took time out from building a whopping new brewery and showing off all their trinkets on social media to knock out a brew that ticks plenty… Read more
Style
Hoppy Kettle Sour
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
54 IBU
Stockists

Brewsvegas Pool Party

Newstead Brewing

Newstead Brewing The Mod World IPA

Tapped December 9th, 2016
Newstead Brewing already has an IPA in its lineup: the excellent Two to the Valley. It's a relatively delicate, balanced take on the fruity American examples that have driven the style's popularity. If you've tried that beer, then know this: The Mod World one-off brewed with their buddies at KAIJU! is a very different beast indeed. It's tagged a "New Order IPA" and comes bearing the oils and acids from a collection of punchy hops drawn from Germany, New Zealand and Australia. And it comes… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
87 IBU
Stockists

BrewCult Bar

Newstead Brewery

Brewhouse Brisbane

Saccharomyces Beer Café

Lester & Earl

And other good beer stockists across South East Queensland

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Newstead Brewing Wastelands

Tapped September 28th, 2016
Not too long ago, Newstead popped a limited release into bottles for the first time. It was an American stout brewed with their kindred spirits at KAIJU! (and thus more of a black IPA than an American stout). Now they're back in cahoots once more for Wastelands. And once again they've piled in the hops – so many that they're claiming a hefty IPA-worthy 71 IBU [International Bitterness Units] within this red rye ale. Here, there's a blend of Old and New World hop varieties so, while there's some… Read more
Style
Red Rye Ale
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
71 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewery

Brisbane Brewing Co

Brewhouse Brisbane

Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

And find other stockists here

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Newstead Brewing Tokyo Face Plant

Tapped September 22nd, 2016
It's a beer name that instantly suggested: "In joke" and a read through the tasting notes provided by Newstead Brewing would seem to confirm it as something along those lines. Tokyo Face Plant is a collaboration between the brewery and one of Brisbane's best bottleshops, Craft Wine Store, in Red Hill, and appears to have been named after an event involving one of the store's staff, a trip to Tokyo, a face plant, some broken specs and a U2 reference. And the beer chosen to bring those disparate… Read more
Style
Brown Ale
Strength
6.7%
Bitterness
48 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

Newstead Brewing Waimea Single Hop IPA

Tapped September 10th, 2016
Created for Archive's annual Armakeggon event, this is a showcase for relatively new Kiwi hop Waimea. First released in 2012, it's been used here to create an American style IPA with hops – both whole cones and pellets – added in the boil, in Newstead's hopback and then in the fermenter too, in rather sizeable quantities. The brewer's notes tell us that the result is a a beer in which "citrus, mandarin, lemon, pine and spice are all abundant and really showcase what this hop is all about."… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
Strength
6.8%
Bitterness
73 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

Newstead Brewing Tinderbox

Tapped September 1st, 2016
At the start of each season, Newstead Brewing releases a new lager. For Winter it was the dark and roasty Westerlies and now, for Spring, it's something rather lighter. Tinderbox is a pilsner of the New World variety, one that lines up Kiwi hop Motueka alongside Citra from the US and old school Tettnang. The aim, according to the brewers is to "capture Spring in a glass". And they reckon that means a beer in which the hops have been chosen to "accentuate the citrus character of a punchy,… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
31 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

The Oxford Taphouse

Others TBC

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Newstead & Croft Brewing Once Were Warriors

Tapped August 23rd, 2016
Newstead and Croft Brewing have been at it again, heading into the brewery to knock out a fifth different kettle sour. Once again they've plundered the world of movies for its title too, although following the druggy and psychedelic prior choices: Fear & Loathing, The Naked Lunch and so on, here it's Once Were Warriors, a film that sears itself on your retina rather than wheedling its way into your third eye. Presumably the naming was driven by a couple of things: the choice of a Kiwi hop (whole… Read more
Style
Single Hop Kettle Sour
Strength
6.5%
Bitterness
23 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing

Newstead & BrewCult Milk & Two Pineapples

Tapped August 23rd, 2016
Another collaboration from Newstead Brewing and one that is kind of a tribute to the collaborator too. In hooking up with Hendo from BrewCult, they've offered a nod and a wink to one of his past glories, the GABS People's Choice winner from 2015: Milk & Two Sugars. Where that was an espresso'd and lactosed to the hilt sweet stout, this time around it's a lactosed and pineapple juiced affair, with the base an IPA rather than a stout. While we've not tasted this one yet, if you're after a point… Read more
Style
Lactose IPA
Strength
6.7%
Bitterness
74 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing

The Oxford Taphouse

Brisbane Brewing Co

Brewhouse Brisbane

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Newstead Brewing The Outpost American Stout

Tapped July 6th, 2016
Newstead's brewpub setup must be one of the most heavily frequented by other brewers. With most of their core range production handled under contract, at least until their large second site is up and running in the coming months, they're free to play around at home – and play around they do, not just on their own short run releases but in collaboration with locals such as Croft Brewing and those from further afield, including KAIJU! And it's KAIJU! who has offered Newstead brewer Mark Howes the… Read more
Style
American Stout
Strength
6.3%
Bitterness
62 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing

QLD venues TBC

Newstead Brewing Westerlies Black Lager

Tapped June 8th, 2016
Amid the punishing schedule of one-offs, collabs and experiments to which they treat their brewpub setup, Newstead Brewing always finds room for four seasonal lagers each year. So, as winter 2016 opens across Australia in quite ferocious manner, it's time for their latest. Suiting the mood of many who've suffered at the hands of the weather since the start of June, it's black, with brewer Mark Howes taking inspiration from the Schwarzbiers of Germany this time around. Thus, alongside the pilsner,… Read more
Style
Schwarzbier
Strength
5.4%
Bitterness
36 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewery

Others TBC

Newstead Brewing 4-Way QIPA & Azacca IPA

Tapped May 5th, 2016
What do you get when you put four brewers with a penchant for experimentation and rule-breaking together in a brewery? In the case of the 4-Way, a beer we're told is "best enjoyed seated". Why? Mainly because this collaboration between Newstead, Craft, Dainton and Kaiju! weighs in at 11.5 percent ABV and, with heaps of hops swirling within its beastly body, it's being tagged a "Quadruple IPA". Said hops are Azacca added at 15 minutes, Riwaka at five minutes, Motueka in the whirlpool… Read more
Style
Massive IPAs
Strength
11.5% & 7.3%
Bitterness
200 IBU & 112 IBU
Stockists

Brewski

The Mill on Constance

And a handful of other craft venues

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Newstead Brewing Wet Hop Ales 2016

Tapped April 6th, 2016
Given they're in Brisbane, rather a long way from the ideal conditions for growing hops, it's not that easy for Newstead to brew a wet hop ale. [For the uninitiated, these are beers brewed with hop flowers that are taken straight from the bines upon which they grow to the brewery without going through the usual drying process.] However, the tyranny of distance didn't put them off; in fact, they went and brewed two different wet hop beers just because. Both are variations on beers from their core… Read more
Style
Wet Hop Ales
Strength
4.7% & 7.1%
Bitterness
24 IBU & 45 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

Brewski

Oxford Taphouse

The Mill

And other craft beer venues in SE QLD

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Newstead Brewing Saint George! Extra Special Bitter

Tapped March 24th, 2016
It's a little early in the piece for this beer to have been brewed for St George's Day, the national day on April 23 on which some English celebrate their patron saint by getting lairy, suggesting foreigners bugger off back home and occasionally going on a march. Of course, some celebrate it by being genteel, tucking into traditional English fare and knocking back a pint of three of malty English ales, but they tend to be drowned out by the flag-waving, boisterous loons (sound familiar?). Perhaps… Read more
Style
ESB
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
62 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing

Others TBC

Newstead Brewing Tracks: Roggenbier

Tapped March 18th, 2016
They've gone a little fancy with their latest small batch release at Newstead. Not just with the beer but with the way you'll spy it on one of the handful of bars upon which you'll find it. Their policy is to name such releases after old Brisbane clubs and venues, with the Tracks here one that existed in the 1980s. Thus there's a nod to the decade in its decals, which have been quite the mission... "I bought 20 brand spanking new white cassette tapes from Melbourne and had the label art designed… Read more
Style
Roggenbier
Strength
6.2%
Bitterness
42 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewery

Tippler's Tap

Mill on Constance

Hopster

Others TBC

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Newstead Brewing Drought Relief Autumn Lager

Tapped March 2nd, 2016
Four times a year, Brisbane's Newstead Brewing releases a lager – a different one each time. Their most recent summer version was Cyclone Season, a hoppy, bitter take on the pale lagers out of Dortmund. For autumn, they've cranked up the malt and hop profile to create Drought Relief, which they're calling an American red lager. That means lots of caramel and biscuit malts to lend the beer its darker colour and some sweeter malt flavours, as well as a sizeable load of hops to create a "solid… Read more
Style
Red Lager
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
56 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing

The Mill on Constance

And a handful of other beer venues

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Newstead & Croft Sour Series: Naked Lunch

Tapped February 3rd, 2016
Naked Lunch is the title of a drug-fuelled cult novel by William Burroughs, one that spawned a film by David Cronenberg as well as an awesome track by Bomb The Bass featuring Justin Warfield (given a sweet twist in a remix by La Funk Mob) and which has burnt the phrase Mugwump jism indelibly onto the Crafty mind for more than two decades. And now Naked Lunch is taking on a new life as the name of the fourth in the kettle sour series between Newstead Brewing and Croft Brewing. Number four features… Read more
Style
Mango Sour
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
pH 3.6
Stockists

Newstead Brewery

Brewski

Saccharomyces

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Newstead Brewing Cyclone Season Summer Lager

Tapped December 30th, 2015
Even escaping to the other side of the planet for the holiday season, it seems we can't escape the floods. The top half of England is currently under water as Queensland braces itself for cyclone season. Thankfully, the good sorts at Newstead Brewing have been beavering away to create something for their locals to look forward to in the shape of the Cyclone Season Summer Lager. It takes its lead from the lagers of Germany, although not the gentle Helles style from Bavaria that most brewers look to… Read more
Style
Dortmunder Lager
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
23.5 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

Hopster

Hoo Ha Bar

Pourhouse, NSW

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Newstead & Mill on Constance How Sloe Can You Go?

Tapped December 10th, 2015
Such has been the rapid rise of the craft beer scene in Brisbane – both in terms of brewers brewing and sellers selling – it should come as little surprise that two of its key players share a birthday. Newstead Brewing and Mill on Constance both first opened their doors within a single kilometre of each other on the same day and both have enjoyed happy growth and expansion since by, in their words, "serving great local beers, both supported by great food, both run by average people." So,… Read more
Style
Berry Porter
Strength
6.8%
Bitterness
45 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

The Mill on Constance

Fitz & Potts

The Mort Estate (Toowoomba)

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Newstead & Croft Sour Series: Fear and Loathing

Tapped November 29th, 2015
One imagines there was a fair amount of fear around South East Queensland when the weekend's storms battered all and sundry, while there could be a spot of loathing among those who suffered worst at the hands of the gold ball sized hail and ferocious winds. Indeed, The Scratch's cry of "Pucker Up" for its Weekend of Tartness could have easily been replaced with "Buckle Up", but for those who braved the elements and made it to the safe harbour of the Milton bar there was a chance… Read more
Style
Single Hop Sour
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
38 IBU
Stockists

Newstead Brewing Co

The Mill on Constance

Pumpyard, Ipswich

Fitz & Potts

Others TBC

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