Adoration 4 Adventure’s fun things to do in Brisbane for craft beer lovers. Find the best craft beer pubs, brewery tours, and Brisbane points of interest.
As a Brisbane local, I love giving recommendations to people visiting my city. For my whole life, it has always been a wonderful place to live and now I am happy to see it growing as a tourist destination.
So I have partnered with Expedia.com.au as part of their campaign to uncover the best craft beer in Australia, Kegs of Glory, to put together this guide highlighting the places that really matter – where to find craft beer, Instagram hotspots, and Brisbane points of interest.
This post will help you have a great time with information on:
- Best bars in Brisbane for craft beer
- Beer tour Brisbane
- DIY Brisbane sightseeing and craft beer tour.
Best bars in Brisbane for craft beer
Brisbane Brewing Company
Location: 124 Boundary Street, West End
Brisbane Brewing Company provides a laid back and welcome atmosphere to enjoy craft beers brewed onsite. They use only the fundamental beer ingredients (water, barley, yeast, and hops) and keep their brews preservative-free.
There are at usually at least seven beers on tap, including Brisbane Pale Ale (BPA) and Walker Texas Ranger, both A.I.B.A Silver Medal Winners in 2017.
Location: 35 Railway Terrace, Milton
Aether Brewing is a microbrewery and bar in the trendy, innercity suburb of Milton. They have 12 beers on tap rotating between their core range, seasonal, and guest beers.
Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Aether Brewing has an all-Australian wine list, cocktail menu, and live music every Friday night.
Archive Beer Boutique
Location: 100 Boundary St, West End
Archive Beer Boutique offers both domestic and imported craft beers. Unlike the other mentions on this list, they may not be a microbrewery but they more than make up for that with 22 draught beers on tap. I have fond memories of coming here with friends and trying different labels.
They also have daily events such as trivia, menu specials, competitions, live music (from Wednesday to Saturday), and DJs (on Sunday).
Beer tour Brisbane
Hop On Brewery Tours
If you don’t have much time and want to see (and drink!) as much as possible, then consider taking a tour. Hop On Brewery Tours is the highest-rated and longest-running brewery tour operator in Brisbane, with tours in Gold Coast and Mount Tamborine as well. They run four Brisbane tours with both half day and full day options, including tasters.
Join a Hop On Brewery Tour to learn more about beer while tasting different samples in good company.
DIY Brisbane sightseeing and craft beer tour
The following is a self-guided walking tour that combines Brisbane sightseeing, Instagram hotspots, and Australian craft beer breweries. You can also refer to this map (just zoom in on Brisbane) by the Craft Beer Reviewer who keeps an up to date listing of Craft Beer breweries, brewpubs, and contract brewers around Australia.
West End is an innercity community that is vibrant, progressive, and full of tempting food and drink options. I spent around two years living here and it still holds a warm place in my heart.
For your DIY walking tour, I would recommend starting around lunchtime on the corner of Vulture and Boundary street. There are street art murals around on Vulture, Princhester, and Thomas Streets that you can snap for Instagram. Tourism and Events Queensland created a Google map showing the best street art spots in Brisbane.
To visit pubs that brew on site, check out The Catchment Brewing Co and Brisbane Brewing Company. Both offer a full menu, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch with your pint. Then walk along Boundary Street towards the city and take the time to look at all the colorful and local shops, cafes, and international restaurants that make this neighborhood unique.
If you are up for another beer, stop in at Archive Beer Boutique before turning right onto Melbourne Street.
By now it should be early afternoon, which is the perfect time to visit the Southbank Parklands and Cultural Precinct. As you come down Melbourne Street, before crossing the river, you will see the Queensland Art Gallery, Museum and Science Center, and Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) to your left.
On your right, you have the “wheel of Brisbane”, rainforest walk, man-made beach (it’s nice – I promise!), and green picnic areas. Make sure to stop and have a selfie in front of the giant Brisbane sign. You can see all the Brisbane points of interest in Southbank on this downloadable map.
On Grey Street, you will find your next brew at The Charming Squire. James Squire started brewing beer in Australia in 1787 and now has become a legend, with his story reflected in each of the beer names such as “150 Lashes” and “The Hop Thief”. They now have brewhouses in four Australian states, with the one in Brisbane provided a great atmosphere as well as beer. It is also a working brewery, so you can find out more about the process during your visit.
From Southbank, you can cross by foot into the central business district (CBD) either on the Victoria Bridge or Goodwill Bridge. Both provide spectacular city and river views. The points of interest include Queen Street Mall and the City Botanic Garden. I really enjoy the walk through the gardens, continuing along the river.
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Once you’ve explored the city, you can either go southwest or northeast for the next beer. In Milton, you have Fritzenberger Frites and Burger Brew Pub, Newstead Brewing Company, and Aether Brewing. Newstead Brewing Company also has a location in the opposite direction in Newstead. Close by you will find the Green Beacon Brewing Co.
And for those who want to take it up a notch, end your night in the nightclub district, Fortitude Valley, or the “Valley” as locals refer to it. Whichever option you decide on, you are sure to have a great night of beers and fun.
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