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BNE May/June 2015 |

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Craft beers are no longer new in Brisbane with the city now awash with

boutique breweries making some great – and sometimes very curious –

beer. Not sure where to start?

Matt Kirkegaard

plots a journey for all tastes,

from beginner palates just discovering craft brews to beer lovers looking to

test their taste buds…

Boutique

brews

Bris-style

BRISBANE BREWING CO.

BRISBANE PALE ALE

Brisbane Brewing Co. has a new

home and brewery bar in West End.

Its Brisbane Pale Ale highlights

a common style amongst craft

brewers. At 4.4 per cent it’s a touch

lower alcohol than many mainstream

beers but offers up fruity aromas of

citrus and passionfruit from the hops

used late in the brewing process. At

124 Boundary Street, West End. See

www.brisbanebrewing.com.au

NEWSTEAD BREWING COMPANY’S

INDIA PALE ALE

When you’re ready to step up in flavour, Brisbane’s

newest brewery’s India Pale Ale is classic craft beer style,

a showcase of how modern brewers are using hops to

really deliver flavour and a healthy whack of bitterness.

The fuller malt body keeps the bitterness in balance

with a good example like this one. At 85 Doggett Street,

Newstead. See

www.newsteadbrewing.com.au

ALL INN BREWING CO.

RUBY AMBER ALE

Recently established under the direction

of Scottish-trained head brewer Harley

Goodacre, this is where you should start

your malt journey. As its name suggests

Ruby Amber Ale is a deep red but don’t

be afraid of beers with colour. This has

nutty caramel and balanced bitterness

and none of the burnt toast many

associate with ‘dark’ beers. Find it at

189 Elliot Road, Banyo. See

www.allinnbrewingco.com

BACCHUS BREWING CO.

WHITE CHOCOLATE PILSNER

The crazy inventiveness of some

brewers has turned notions of

traditional beer on their head with

their experimentation. Bacchus’ White

Chocolate and Raspberry Pilsner

is a traditional pilsner infused with

chocolate and raspberry to create

something very different but still

popular. Find it at Unit 1,

2 Christine Place, Capalaba. See

www.bacchusbrewing.com.au

GREEN BEACON BREWING COMPANY

CROSS KNOT KOLSCH

One of the first new breweries in the current renaissance,

Green Beacon has really hit its straps as both a brewery

and a place to enjoy the beer. Start your journey with

their Cross Knot Kolsch, a German-inspired and very

approachable ale that shares many flavour cues of a lager,

but with body and light fruitiness coming through the

use of ale yeast. Find it at 26 Helen Street, Teneriffe. See

www.greenbeacon.com.au

HIPWOOD BREWERY PILSNER

Brisbane’s oldest small brewery, based at Spring Hill’s

International Hotel, has been recently renamed in honour

of an early Mayor of Brisbane. It makes a variety of beer

under new brewer Jason Cleighton-Hills but as you embark

on your Brisbane craft beer journey, the traditional pilsner

is a great start. A lager but with a touch more body and

bitterness than mainstream versions, and very enjoyable.

Find it at 525 Boundary Street, Spring Hill or see

www.internationalhotel.com.au/drinking/hipwood-brewery/

Matt Kirkegaard is an award-winning beer writer, educator

and presenter. See

www.beermatt.com