There’s always plenty of champagne and six packs in our family fridge for Christmas (and usually heaps left over for New Year’s celebrations) but here are some local tipples you might like to bring home to the family this year. Cheers!
85 Doggett St, Newstead & 67 Castlemaine St, Milton
Beginning in an old 1940’s warehouse in Newstead (of course) which became their popular, industrial “spiritual home” on Doggett St, and with their production brewery and pub now open in Milton, Newstead has a name in Brisbane for really good beer. They keep their core range of six beers and one cider, and brew a seasonal lager each season, as well as one-off, small batch, limited release beers and collaborative brews.
142 Distillery Rd, Eagleby
If you’re after something a bit harder for the Christmas season, Beenleigh Rum has been brewing for over 130 years, still use the original copper equipment for pot stilling, and still exclusively source their molasses from Australia’s only remaining family-owned sugar mill. Doesn’t get much more local than that! You can also to sign up for their Rum Club to enjoy limited edition releases, exclusive tastings, and more.
26 Helen St, Teneriffe
All of Green Beacon’s Beers are brewed and packed in Brisbane, with no pasteurisation or preservatives. Green Beacon was also recognised as Champion Brewery in their size category three years running by the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA). Champion Small Brewery at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards, and Champion Medium Brewery at the 2016 Craft Beer Awards. They have a core range of beers, plus seasonal and special releases – visit the website to shop, or pop into their location in Teneriffe – they’re now open 7 days from 12pm until late.
1152 Dulguigan Road, North Tumbulgum NSW
Someone said to me that ‘gin is the new craft beer’ and I have to agree. Ink Gin is one of the nicest locals I’ve tried (although I’m not much of a gin drinker and the colour definitely pulled me in!). The vivid purple of the spirit is derived from the butterfly pea plant (and changes colour when tonic water is added!) alongside 12 other botanicals including native plants inspired by bush tucker. Ink Gin was first released in 2015, after three years of experimentation, by distiller Paul Messenger of Husk Distillers which is nestled in the Tweed Valley on the family’s cattle and cane farm. The Husk Farm Distillery is open Wednesday-Sunday and they offer distillery tours, or you can buy online.
6/39 Coral Street, Maleny
Based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, I’ve enjoyed the Brouhaha varieties I’ve tried (the Strawberry Rhubarb Sour made with Maleny natural yoghurt and stewed fruit is my personal favourite). Canned and kegged on site, you can find your nearest retailer on their stockists page or take a day trip up to the beautiful Hinterland and grab it yourself – they’re open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am until late and incorporate a restaurant and even accommodation options.
4 Byres St, Newstead
A small batch brewery and taproom in Newstead specialising in a rotating line-up of hoppy, dark, and sour beers. Striving to explore different flavours and styles, they have no core range but are constantly evolving. Check online of pay them a visit (they also serve up sourdough pizzas if you want to stay for a pint) to see what’s currently brewing.
53-55 McCarthy Rd, Salisbury & 1/208 Montague Rd, West End
In 2015, Ballistic’s founder began searching for a site for a new brewery, eventually settling in Salisbury and, after a year of production, expanding into their flagship Alehouse and Kitchen at West End. Shop their beers online or pay them a visit.
5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
Within the Howard Smith Wharves development, Felons is brewing under the Story Bridge. Meet the beers on their website or pop in to their riverbank brewery to test out the merchandise. They also do gift certificates.
99 Jane St, West End
Brisbane’s first grain-to-glass artisan distillery and Brisbane’s only Gin School, where you can sample gins, rhum (made directly from sugar cane, not molasses like most rum) and botanical vodkas at the tasting bar or brew your own. They also offer gift certificates for their gin school classes.
31 Wellington Rd, Woolloongabba
This microbrewery in the Gabba has a menu of 225 beers that you can brew with them, and the process can be as hands-on or hands-off as you like – read more about it on their website. They also offer brewery tours and workshops.
150 Boundary St, West End
Four core beers and an ever-changing variety of limited edition brews are on tap at this West End establishment, and they also offer brewery tours.