Aether Brewing

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

When Aether Brewing opened in 2016, it did so in one of Brisbane’s craft beer hubs: the inner suburb of Milton. It was next door to a busy train station, adjacent to a trendy dining precinct, and in walking distance of a sports stadium.

But as the above quote makes clear, good beer transcends space and time. So while Aether’s original location was the right place at the right time for the brewery to make its mark on the beer scene, it wasn’t the be-all-and-end-all. When the brewery’s owners decided to part ways in the beer world in 2019, Aether made the shift to its production facility in Northgate. This new command centre meant more space, more equipment, and more beer - a must for a brewery that had been overwhelmed by the huge demand for its beer from the day they opened.

As well as being a production brewery, the Northgate location - known as Aether HQ - includes a down-to-earth taproom where the people of the community come together. Aether had somehow managed to capture this feeling when they were in bustling Milton, but it’s magnified even further out in the suburbs. The staff know the locals by name - and know the dogs by name, for that matter - and treat them as friends. And that warm sense of belonging is something the locals have embraced. As Aether’s taproom manager put it: “For some, it’s something they always wanted to have. For others it’s something they didn’t know they wanted.”

It’s not just those who live in the area who frequent Aether HQ - the brewery remains on the train line, keeping it accessible to from the city and a couple of nearby suburban breweries. So it’s not surprising how visitors from all around come for the beer and stay for the vibe. As you step inside, you’re greeted by a green wall on one side and a scattering of wooden barrels serving as tables on the other. But it’s the bar straight ahead that grabs the attention: suspended lights in the shape of glowing hop cones hanging above the bar, barrels stacked on barrels cellaring beer overhead, and a wall of glossy white subway tiles showing the handwritten tap list.

Aether rocks a core range that moves from a midstrength New Zealand Pilsner and smashable lager, through the award-laden duo Pitstop Pale Ale and Hop, Skip & Jump IPA, to a black IPA and blackberry sour built for maximum impact - and a ginger beer to boot. If you noticed a few less common styles within that core range, don’t be surprised - Aether regularly eschews the common. The brewery was one of the early adopters of NEIPAs in Australia, one of the first to use hemp in beer (and a IIPA at that), and has released a double Irish red ale with bone marrow. The brewers at Aether don’t just think outside the box; they throw the box into the brew to see what’ll happen. Expect to see some weird and wacky flavours coming through in their special releases.

Once the friendly bartender has served up your beer in a funky tasting glass (ribbed for your drinking pleasure), you’re then free to wander further into the matte-black and stainless steel wonderland. Explore far enough and you’ll find the long tables nestled deep in the heart of the brewery, surrounded by towering brewing tanks on all sides, safe from the bustle and busyness of life outside the brewery. From here, you can appreciate the beer machine in all its glory - depending on when you’re there, you may see the brewers swinging off valves, or may simply get to appreciate the 3000L brewhouse at rest, the tanks like so many dormant metal giants.

While the brewery crew are focused on making beer full of love - and in constant pursuit of that elusive perfection - with Aether, it always comes back to people. “Beer’s only as good as the company you keep,” they say. When you rub shoulders with the Aether team, you’re guaranteed good people, but that’s obviously not the end of the experience. Take home a few 4-packs and taste the love with the people you love.

Mick Wust

Name
Aether Brewing
Address

340 Melton Road
Northgate
QLD 4013

Phone
(07) 3368 1608
Open Hours

Friday 3-7pm
Saturday & Sunday 12-7pm

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Aether Brewing Regulars

Aether Brewing Chaotic Good NZ Pilsner

Tapped December 17th, 2019
I’ve only played Dungeons & Dragons once; it’s all fun and games until you’re reckless and don’t listen properly and your character dies early on in the game. But I’ve seen enough memes to know that “Chaotic Good” is a reference to the D&D Alignment Chart, which maps out characters according to their morals and worldview. Chaotic Good are happy to break the rules and do things their own way, but are ultimately good-hearted folk. Think Michael Scott from the Office, or Marvel’s… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pilsner
ABV
3.3%

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 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 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 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 The Mayor Lager

When Aether was situated in Milton, they first released this lager as “The Mayor of Milton”. The classy character on the label - a toothy-grinned skeleton wearing a bowler hat and a fancy coat - clearly ranked above any other Milton lager, or any other character smiling and wearing a suit and hat. Now that Aether is located in Northgate, this character is simply known as The Mayor. He still has a little natural cloudiness about him. He still has the clean malt sweetness of a Euro lager. He still… Read more
Style
Lager
ABV
4.3%
Bitterness
23 IBU

Aether Brewing Ginger Beerd

Ginger Beerd personified is a grizzled ship’s captain wearing a sailor’s cap, smoking a pipe, and sporting a tinge of ginge in his beard and eyebrows. Just one look into his weathered face tells you he’s not afraid of rough seas, and he expects you to be able to handle them as well. When you first look at a glass of Ginger Beerd, it looks a little blurry, and you wonder if your eyes are out of focus. But that haze is a testament to the use of real Queensland ginger - and plenty of it - which… Read more
Style
Ginger Beer
ABV
4.3%

Aether Brewing Specials

Aether Brewing Creature Of The Night Peanut Butter Stout

Tapped August 8th, 2019
We’ve seen a few peanut butter dessert beers in recent times, and often they’re sticky and syrupy, and fattened with lactose. If you’ve a sweet tooth, they may be just the thing you’re looking for. But what if you want the peanuts, you want the chocolate, you want the thick mouthfeel… but you want to ease off the sweetness? This is where Creature of the Night comes in. It’s thick - the dark head rises in slow motion, because even air struggles to wend its way through the viscous body.… Read more
Style
Peanut Butter Stout
ABV
7.0%

Aether Brewing Dryad Pét-Nat Sour

Tapped August 8th, 2019
There’s a skill in blending sours to achieve a rich complexity of flavours, and there’s a skill in achieving complexity without blending. Here, Aether has nailed the latter with a beer-wine hybrid that holds layers and layers. Dryad began with a malt bill made up of half Golden Promise and half Australian wheat, then was spontaneously soured with 1,000 litres of freshly picked and pressed pét-nat riesling juice from Latta Vino in Victoria. While it didn’t spend any time in barrels, the dark… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrid
ABV
7.0%

Aether Brewing Roughneck Strong Pale Ale

Tapped January 31st, 2019
Aether brought out an earlier version of Roughneck at the start of 2018 as a maltier and floral counterpart to their core range Pit Stop Pale Ale. Now it’s back with a vengeance: with the alcohol content upped to 5.8 percent ABV and the tag "strong pale ale"; they've put it into tinnies too. This isn’t a beer to add to the many bright, tropical pale ales around at the moment. Instead, it carries almost amber ale characteristics (though it’s still the shining gold of a pale ale), with… Read more
Style
Strong Pale Ale
ABV
5.8%

Aether Brewing Written In The Stars Sour Boysenberry DIPA

Tapped January 31st, 2019
When it comes to special releases from Aether, the phrase: "Expect the unexpected" comes to mind. In the past, they’ve served up a smoked cherry double choc brownie stout, a Tom Yum gose, and even a bone marrow double Irish red ale to keep us on our toes. So, when it came time to christen their new brewhouse in Nundah, it’s no surprise their first brew was something experimental. But, if you think you can predict what the first sip of a sour boysenberry double IPA will taste like, you’re… Read more
Style
Sour Boysenberry Double IPA
ABV
8.8%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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
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