Backstreet Christmas Day 11: Local Drinks


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!

Newstead Brewing Co

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 nine beers and one cider, and brew a seasonal lager each season, as well as one-off, small batch, limited release beers and collaborative brews.

Beenleigh Artisan Distillery

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 source their molasses from Australia’s only remaining family-owned sugar mill. Doesn’t get much more local than that! They offer tours and tastings, and you can also to sign up for their Rum Club to enjoy limited edition releases, exclusive tastings, and more.

Husk Distillers / Ink Gin

1152 Dulguigan Road, North Tumbulgum NSW

The vivid purple of Ink Gin 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 and Cellar Door is open Wednesday-Sunday and they offer distillery tours, or you can buy online.

Brouhaha Brewing

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.

Range Brewing

4 Byres St, Newstead

A small batch brewery 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.

Ballistic Beer

53-55 McCarthy Rd, Salisbury

1/208 Montague Rd, West End

37 Sinnathamby Blvd, Springfield Central

In 2015, Ballistic’s founder began searching for a site for a new brewery, eventually settling in Salisbury. Their core range of beers are traditional in style and brewed year-round, and they also have seasonal releases of special single-batch brews, experimental brews that push the boundaries. Shop their beers online, pay them a visit, or find them via their stockists.

Felons Brewing Co

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.

Brisbane Distillery

Cnr Jane St and Montague Rd, 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.

Brews Brothers

31 Wellington Rd, Woolloongabba

This microbrewery in the Gabba has a menu of more than 220 beers that you can brew with them – read more about it on their website. They also offer brewery tours, workshops, and vouchers.

The Catchment Brewing Co

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.

Aether Brewing

340 Melton Rd, Northgate

Wholly owned by Dave and Annie Ward, Aether Brewing were recently awarded the Royal Queensland Beer Awards Champion Small/Medium Brewery and picked up 4 gold medals and champion amber/dark beer for their Black As Your Heart IPA. Drop in, or visit their online bottleshop.

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