White Brick Brewing

Brisbanites are notoriously unwilling to travel to get anywhere. Apart from commuting, most people resist driving more than 15 minutes to get somewhere – if it’s farther away than that, it’s too much hassle. (Sorry, Grandma.)

And, as the population keeps sprawling outwards, more people are living farther from the city centre, which means they're also further from the cluster of breweries inhabiting the inner suburbs. In short, it’s getting harder for some people to get to good beer.

As of November 2017, White Brick Brewing has been doing its best to help resolve this issue by taking beer to the people: serving up its brews to those on Brisbane's northern fringe.

It’s located in North Lakes, a young suburb quickly gaining a reputation as a thriving hub of culture in the outer northern suburbs. The region has long been crying out for good beer, and White Bricks’ founder Adam Gibb stepped up to provide it.

After two decades living in the area, and almost as long homebrewing, Adam developed an appreciation for fresh beer, and a steadfast loyalty to his local community. When he decided his neighbourhood deserved better beer than the offerings of the nearby pubs and taverns, he realised he could bring his two loves together by starting White Brick.

The beers bearing that name are all about approachability and impeccable balance. The brewery's most popular drops include the mid-strength Plantation Pale Ale and the crisp Petrie Pilsener – tasty beers that you don’t have to think about, and also accessible for those who generally enjoy commercial lagers.

They also offer a couple of styles that are seldom seen in an Australian brewery’s core range: the Brickworks English Mild Bitter, designed to sate the Brits who live in the area and intrigue those for whom malt driven beers are a novelty; and the Rothwell Radler, a German style beer infused with real lemon and offering a mere 2 percent ABV that's there to quench your thirst with a mix of sweetness, bitterness and tartness.

Between the core range and whatever small batches are available at any given time, there are always eight beers pouring, making the tasting paddle an efficient way to go if you’re finding it difficult to choose. Or just do what some of the regulars do: walk in, sit down and work through every beer on tap.

Adam gives credit where credit is due, openly praising his head brewer, Steve Hollis. Since White Brick is a relatively small operation, Adam knew he’d need a brewer with a wealth of experience, and he could hardly have done better on that front than Steve. He brings with him a quarter century with Lion, including six years at the company's craftier end.

“Steve has a phenomenal amount of knowledge,” says Adam. “He brews incredibly balanced and consistent beers. And he’s great to work with. What he brings is bang-on exactly what I needed.”

Steve also brought with him a quiet, understated manner, one that belies his brewing skill. He singlehandedly runs the three vessel 15hL Spark system, plus a pilot system installed for brewing limited batches and experimental beers. And, on a green note, the entire brewhouse is solar-powered, only drawing electricity from the grid when they turn the kettle or hot liquor tank elements on.

As much as Steve enjoys punchy IPAs and strong stouts, he knows the importance of making the right kinds of beer for the area, so he’s intentionally developed (and continues to develop) a range of beers that appeals to a broad spectrum of beer appreciators – perfect for North Lakes.

White Brick’s focus on the local area goes beyond bringing them locally-brewed beers – it starts with the the names of the beers.

“North Lakes is relatively new,” says Adam, “so we’ve tied all the names to the area, people who founded the area, things like that. And it makes a great talking point for a lot of people.”

They also support the local community and businesses where possible; all the soft drinks come from a local company, as does the jerky they sell. White Brick is involved in various neighbourhood events and groups, and has become a hub for homebrewers in the area, including hosting homebrew competitions.

What the locals appreciate most, though, is having a place in their suburb that serves excellent beer. If a customer wants to take beer home, White Brick offers growler fills (and sells double-walled stainless steel growlers), fills 19L Cornelius kegs, and sells the core range beers in cans.

But the brewpub itself is a place for people to gather. Adam, Steve, and the other staff are always willing to have a chat, giving the venue a friends-serving-friends vibe. And the aesthetic is pared-back and beer-centric: quotes and facts about beer adorn the walls; there are several thick stretches of black pipe with plants growing from them; and, of course, the brewing tanks provide a gleaming backdrop that reinforces the freshness of the beer being served.

“We’re in suburbia,” says Adam. “The majority of our market are people who are just looking for a good quality beer… and that’s what we’re brewing.”

Mick Wust

Name
White Brick Brewing
Address

1/9 Flinders Parade
North Lakes
QLD 4509

Website
Hours

Wednesday: 4pm to 6pm
Thursday: midday to 6pm
Fri & Sat: midday to 7pm
Sunday: midday to 6pm

Tours

By appointment

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White Brick Brewing Regulars

White Brick Brewing Plantation Pale Ale

It used to be standard that a small brewery’s mid-strength offering was a pale ale, but that’s no longer a given. Maybe it’s because breweries are willing to embrace more different low-alcohol styles; maybe it’s because pale ales have become so popular that brewers want to toy around with the style more. Whatever the reason, many pale ales now creep up well beyond 4 percent ABV, and reasonably regularly above 6 percent ABV. But White Brick’s holding down the fort with their mid-strength… Read more
Style
Mid-Strength Pale Ale
ABV
3.5%
Bitterness
24 IBU

White Brick Brewing Petrie Pilsener

This traditional Pilsener (made with European style malts and noble hops) is flawless, easy-drinking and, unsurprisingly, a crowd favourite at White Brick. Before you sip, take some time to appreciate the incredible clarity of this one. Then, when you’re ready, enjoy the mild earthy aroma (thank the Saaz hops for that). The taste is delicate, with the low malt profile allowing the fermentation flavours to come through. Gentle lemon notes and bitterness linger for just a moment, before dropping… Read more
Style
Pilsener
ABV
4.8%
Bitterness
30 IBU

White Brick Brewing Rothwell Radler

Chances are you may well associate the radler style with those cheap, nasty bottles we tasted when we turned 18 and were excited that bottleshops sold beer soft drinks. But the infused style was invented by the Germans, the masters of beer, and deserves another visit when it’s made properly. Radlers are a mix of beer and soda and designed to be one of the most refreshing drinks around. They’re also super sessionable – White Brick’s version comes in at 2.0 percent ABV – without being at… Read more
Style
Radler
ABV
2.0%
Bitterness
14 IBU

White Brick Brewing Route 71 IPA

Many IPAs nowadays are all about fruitiness, whether it be citrus, tropical fruit, stonefruit or even adjuncts like passionfruit or dragonfruit or never-heard-of-it-fruit. As delicious as these IPAs can be, it’s always refreshing when a brewery explores flavour profiles that aren’t following this trend. Route 71 uses a combination of tried-and-true hop varieties – Columbus, Chinook, Citra, and Cascade – to bring a different, complex hop character to this beer. It’s darker in appearance… Read more
Style
IPA
ABV
5.8%
Bitterness
55 IBU

White Brick Brewing Brickworks English Bitter

The ordinary bitter style hasn’t really taken off in Australia. But one sip of a well made bitter has you asking: “Why the hell not?” The Brickworks English Bitter challenges those Aussies who have never tasted malt driven beer before and pleases those British expats who now live in the Land of the Lager. This is a beer that’s all about the malt. It begins with the dark red brick colour, promising depth of flavour before the first sip. In both the aroma and the taste the hop character is… Read more
Style
English Bitter
ABV
3.2%
Bitterness
14 IBU

White Brick Brewing Specials

White Brick Brewing Mountie Maulin Brown IPA

Tapped July 27th, 2018
In a world where brewers are getting bolder and bolder with the addition of interesting ingredients to beer, there’s always a question when you pick up a novel-sounding beer: will this be overwhelming? Yet there's no need to be distressed by the style "Maple Brown IPA"; this beer isn’t an assault on the tastebuds with brown malts, cloyingly sweet syrup and punchy hops all fighting for your attention. This is a roasty, chocolate-y brown ale that goes down rather easily, but keeps sharing… Read more
Style
Maple Brown IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
55 IBU

White Brick Brewing Redcliffe Red IPA

Tapped July 27th, 2018
The suburb of Redcliffe was named for its red cliffs. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. And yet, nowadays, very few people who go to Redcliffe get to see the redness of said cliffs. The Redcliffe Red IPA doesn’t have that problem. Everyone who sees it gets an eyeful of bright red, with a hint of copper. The aroma immediately gives away the malts that are driving this well balanced IPA along, showing caramel alongside the more expected hop aromas of red berries. A medium body carries… Read more
Style
Red IPA
ABV
6.5%
Bitterness
65 IBU

White Brick Brewing Griffin Golden Ale

Tapped January 25th, 2018
Griffin Golden Ale may be named after a suburb near White Brick Brewing, but this beer could just as easily associate with the mythological beast that shares its name – golden, hybrid, and majestic. Golden because of the colour and the style, of course, shining a pale gold, almost lemon colour, with a fluffy white head. (Griffins usually have white heads, too! This comparison is going excellently.) Hybrid because it smells strongly of sweet, sticky honey, which fills the nostrils and lifts the… Read more
Style
Golden Ale
ABV
4.5%
Bitterness
25 IBU

White Brick Brewing Samsonvale Stout

Tapped March 1st, 2018
Close your eyes and inhale deeply, and you’ll swear you’re smelling a chocolate porter. But there’s no cocoa to be found here, just a prime example of the characteristics that good malts can impart on a beer. Hold it up to the light and you’ll see a little red shine through – that’s the Aurora malt, and it brings some berry like complexity to the flavour as well. The tiny bit of roastiness and bitterness (which is often front-and-centre in stouts) comes from the mere two percent of roasted… Read more
Style
Stout
ABV
5.2%
Bitterness
35 IBU
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