Aether Brewing

Apparently, the three most important factors to look for in a property are location, location and location. But what are the most important factors to look for in a brewpub?

Location’s one of them, for sure. And, in the case of Aether Brewing, it’s fair to say they hit the spot marked X. The founders somehow managed to snag a spot directly next to Milton train station, within a trendy dining precinct, in the shadow of new residential buildings and within spitting distance of Park Road, everyone’s favourite faux-Euro strip.

It’s also close to Suncorp Stadium, thus inundated every time there’s a major event there, and shares turf with The Scratch, Newstead Brewing, Brewski and Fritzenberger, making for a mean bar crawl that’ll have you sampling some of Brisbane’s finest liquid gold. And, speaking of gold, it breathes the same air as the Castlemaine Perkins Brewery, whose flashing red XXXX stands as a monument to Queensland’s love of beer.

But a stellar location is hardly the main factor in assessing a brewpub; Won’t somebody please think of the beer?

Thankfully, the Aether crew has thought of the beer, with a rock solid core range that moves from the obligatory mid-strength through various hop forward styles to the rum-soaked vanilla featuring Event Horizon Porter and has amassed a handy collection of Craft Beer Awards medals to boot.

Then, in a kind of extended-core-range, they have the likes of the Boos ESB, Pitchfork Saison, Black As Your Heart Black IPA and an alcoholic ginger beer with chilli and lime.

Aether was overwhelmed by the huge demand for its beer from the day they opened, so Jimmy and co-owner and head brewer Dave Ward had to think on their feet fast. The outcome saw them brew a chunk of their core range beers at a friend’s brewery in Maleny, which keeps their taps flowing and allows them to bottle and can just enough to keep the crowds happy. As of November 2017, they also have a CANimal machine – dubbed El Canerator – that allows punters to take home a litre of fresh beer from any one of the brewpub’s taps.

The move to off-site brewing also gives them more scope for brewing limited releases at Milton, meaning they’re constantly unleashing a barrage of seasonals, special releases and collab brews. This includes the usual suspects (stout, amber ale, IIPA, etc), but also lets Dave bring his inner foodie to the table – a white truffle wheat beer, lavender saison, passionfruit and blood orange NEIPA, pistachio and hazelnut brown ale and even a bone marrow double Irish red ale have all spent time in Aether’s tanks.

At any given time, there are 12 taps pouring at the downstairs bar, usually consisting of the core range, a cider and ginger beer, and a mix of Aether specialty brews and guest taps. (Not to mention a range of bottled beers, non-alcoholic options, spirits, wine, and cocktails. Special mention to the abundance of whiskies and the beer cocktails!)

What about the food, though? Well, it kind of looks like your standard brewpub offerings, until you look closer and realise it’s jacked up a notch. The “Monsters Under The Bread” section includes a Wagyu Meatball Cheeseburger and a Rosti Sandwich; their Aether Big Smoke Platter is a force to be reckoned with; and any venue that serves up beer battered chips, onion rings, and sweet potato fries to beer lovers is clearly in tune with the deepest desires of our hearts. Long live deep fryers!

And the staff? As well as general helpfulness and great customer service, this is one of those places where the staff are genuinely happy to be there – they’ll chat all things beer with you while you’re deciding what to imbibe; Dave’s always open to talk you through the brewing process and share his latest ideas and Jimmy will just pull up a stool and have a drink with you. Everyone and everything in the joint has been shaped by Jimmy and Dave’s down-to-earth nature, so you can’t help but feel that you belong.

And how can you truly appreciate a brewpub unless the atmosphere is memorable? The bar downstairs has an “industrial laid-back chill” feeling: high-contrast black-on-white walls; the labels adorning the five hectolitre brewing tanks are in towering words; a network of black and steel pipes lining the ceiling like tracks on a railway map; polished copper bright beer tanks; modern black folded steel stools and bar; and backlit laser-cut metal plates listing the beers available on each tap. The dining area upstairs is decked out with cork floors, copper cutlery, and padded lowback seats, giving it a slight 70s vibe. And the function room out the back, aptly named the Barrel Room, is home to barrels, fairy lights and pinball machines.

After opening in November 2016, Aether Brewing promptly inserted itself into the heart of the Brisbane beer community and has barely stopped for breath since, what with their involvement in the Beer InCider festival, Brewsvegas, CRAFTED Beer + Cider Festival and wave after wave of collaborative brews.

But, when you’re dealing with something as important as they are, there’s no time to waste.

“In Greek mythology, Aether is the fifth element, which holds the universe together,” says Dave. “Obviously… that’s beer.”

Mick Wust

Name
Aether Brewing
Address

35 Railway Terrace
Milton
QLD 4064

Phone
(07) 3368 1608
Website
Hours

Tues to Sun: 11am to midnight

Tours

By Appointment

Current Crafty Cabal offers

Free schooner with any food purchase at Aether Brewing

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On tap at Aether Brewing

Aether Brewing Regulars

Aether Brewing Event Horizon

If you ever get the opportunity to head into space and look into a black hole (that’s the dream, right?), you won’t actually see anything. That’s because nothing – not even light – can escape it. That phenomenon is known as an event horizon and is discussed at great lengths by physicists and sci-fi lovers alike. So it feels like a huge call to name a dark beer Event Horizon; if the physicists and sci-fi geeks were to inspect it, they’d probably have a lot of scoffing to do. Luckily, most… Read more
Style
Stout Porter
ABV
6.7%
Bitterness
42 IBU

Aether Brewing Hop, Skip & Jump IPA

Of Aether’s core range beers, this is the one that’s received the most attention. In the current beer climate, an Australian brewery always tends to be judged on its pale ale and IPA, and this IPA has not been found wanting – it brought home a silver award from the Craft Beer Awards in 2017 and is the favourite beer of regulars at Aether’s brewpub in Milton. It’s a West Coast style IPA, juggling stone fruit and citrus flavours with resinous hop characters. The rich, almost creamy mouthfeel… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA
ABV
6.4%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Aether Brewing Red Giant Red Ale

This beer’s name brings together the Ancient Greece/fantasy theme of some of Aether’s beers and the astronomical theme (see Event Horizon). It seems to be referring to a huge dying star, but the picture on the label appears to be a dragon’s eye. (Just Google "Aether red giant" and "Smaug eye" and you’ll see the similarity.) Either way, this beer is clearly in powerful company. Perhaps the Magnum and Mosaic hops are leathery wings, beating down as the dragon breathes out… Read more
Style
Red Ale
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
38 IBU

Aether Brewing Hide & Seek Pilsner

Despite all the attention hop-forward beers have received in the past decade, there are still many beer lovers who’ll declare their love of a good pilsner above all else (usually accompanied by a string of stories about the time they went to Germany or passed through the Czech Republic). This Old World Pilsner is a light straw colour with grassy aromas. It’s full of refreshing flavours: a touch of sweet malt and citrus zest, followed by the earthiness brought by a good balance of Czech Saaz… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.0%
Bitterness
27 IBU

Aether Brewing Pit Stop Pale Ale

A pale ale in a brewery is like the comic relief character in a movie – not the reason you came in the first place, but might easily become your favourite part. Pit Stop is a little cloudy in appearance, but clean drinking from beginning to end. There’s a subtle malt background, but the New World hops (Galaxy, Azacca, and Mosaic) do the lion’s share of the work, bringing a whack of tropical fruit and citrus to the aroma and flavour. A solid bitterness rounds it out, ensuring you’re not left… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
40 IBU

Aether Brewing Average Ale

Fact #1: It’s a very Australian thing to be self-deprecating and poke fun at your own achievements as much as you’d ever criticise anyone else’s. In line with this, there’s a trend among Australian craft brewers to be self-deprecating about their own beers. Fact #2: While a number of brewers take pride in the amount of flavour they’re able to get into their mid-strength beers, a fair portion of the craft beer community will mumble that mid-strength beers are lame. Fact #3: It’s common… Read more
Style
Mid-strength
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
28 IBU

Aether Brewing Specials

Aether Brewing & Bloodhound Bar Hemp Double IPA

Tapped March 21st, 2018
Over the years, many IPAs have been described as "dank", "resinous", "sticky", 'weedy' and plenty of other marijuana-related terms. Hop cones look a little bit like buds and hop leaves can look similar to pot leaves if you squint hard enough. And, since researchers have discovered that hops and marijuana are both in the cannabaceae family, this isn’t really surprising. They’re cousins. The fact they share some traits makes a lot of sense. But sometimes you need to… Read more
Style
Double IPA with hemp
ABV
8.5%
Bitterness
72 IBU

Brisbane Brewing Collective BNEIPA

Tapped March 7th, 2018
Australia saw a lot of New England style IPAs release in 2017, with 90 percent seemingly using the words "juice" or "crazy lazy hazy Swayze" in the title. It makes sense, given NEIPAs are known for their juiciness and for looking like a hazy glass of orange juice. But, when ten Brisbane breweries join together to brew such a beer, they can be expected to bend the rules. Thus it was that members of White Lies, Slipstream, Semi Pro, Helios, Revel, Newstead, Brisbane Brewing Co,… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Aether Brewing Witching Hour Blackberry Sour

Tapped January 16th, 2018
Most beers are good to drink in summer… but some beers were born for it. Witching Hour Blackberry Sour (an occult-ish name softened by a delightful rhyme) is Aether Brewing’s summer seasonal release, and it’s a beer that grabs you right from the moment you see the impressive gothic artwork on the decal or can. The pour isn’t the dark purple of the fresh Queensland blackberry puree that was added to the brew. Instead, the combination of the blackberries and the classic light gold of the Berliner… Read more

Aether Brewing Twisted Vine

Tapped November 30th, 2017
How do you make a fruity New England style IPA even more fruity? Add fruit, of course. At least, that's where a couple of years of experimentation led Aether's Dave and Jimmy. Twisted Vine has had both fresh passionfruit and blood orange added to its hazy mix and is also the first Aether beer chosen to appear inside a can. They reckon it's a beer that "embodies the fresh, bright boldness of a Queensland spring bursting with life" and is one that received an "overwhelming" when… Read more
Style
Passionfruit & Blood Orange NEIPA
ABV
5.5%

Aether Brewing Black As Your Heart IPA

There’s plenty of talk about the absurdity of the name, Black India Pale Ale. How can it be black and pale at the same time? This same confusion sometimes translates to the experience of drinking a black IPA, when the flavours can clash and vie for centre stage. But something intriguing takes place when you drink this brew. The fruitiness of the hops and the roastiness of the malts seem comfortable side by side. This hybrid beverage enters your lips as a tropical IPA, but slides down your throat… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.7%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Aether Brewing Pitch Fork Saison

Picture this: You’re a Belgian farm owner in the 1700s. You need a lot of harvesting and other various work done in your fields, but you don’t have a lot of drinking water to offer the seasonal workers (saisonniers) you’ve hired. What do you give them to drink? You've guessed it: you let the saison flow freely. It’s a good thing saisons aren’t just for farm labourers anymore, because most of us are more experienced with a cake fork than a pitchfork. But this Pitch Fork is accessible to… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Aether Brewing BOOS Bitter

You don’t have to spend long around Jimmy Young of Aether Brewing to hear him utter the word, “BOOS!” It’s one of those exclamations (is it a word? is it a sound effect?) that’s hard to define, but usually makes sense in context. It’s an apt name for this English style bitter, which always makes a whole lot of sense when you’re knocking it back, whatever the context. The two row base malt does all the heavy lifting, bringing the smooth caramel and toffee flavours you’d expect from… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
6.0%
Bitterness
56 IBU
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