If you thought craft beer was just reserved for dive bars and hipsters dressed in boyfriend jeans, you’ll be happy to know Brisbane Airport has its own craft beer scene brewing within the Domestic and International terminals.
Flowing through the bar taps and stocked on the shelves of fridges across both the Domestic and International Terminals, you’ll find brews from as close as 13 kilometres away (Newstead Brewery and Green Beacon), along with brews from Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales.
If you’re looking for a place to grab a glass of liquid gold at Brisbane Airport, hop(ps) to it with this guide.
Where to grab a beer at the Domestic Terminal
1. The Lord Lamington
The Gold Coast water might be famous for its surf, but when a Hawaiian-born brewer married a local lady, they found a way to use the crisp waters for beer making and Burleigh Brewing Co was born.
Leave the Sunshine State with a taste of it on your lips at The Lord Lamington (Central Terminal Satellite) and order a pot (or two) of Mid-Tide or 28, made with care by Burleigh Brewing Co.
2. Glasshouse Bar
Calling all plane spotters – Glasshouse Bar is where you need to go for a brew with a view.
You’ll find it between Gate 39 and 40 in the Virgin Terminal, promising front row seats of the planes arriving and departing while you wait to hear your boarding announcement.
Depart the river city with a pot of Rivercity Lager from Felons Brewing Co.
3. The Market Place
You might not be about to sail the seven seas but there’s always time to channel your inner Pirate while you wait for your luggage to arrive, with a South Australian-made Pirate Life IPA at The Market Place (Virgin end).
No need to stand around the carousel like everyone else. After all, Pirates are known to do what they like, when they like, wherever they like.
4. Graze Grill & Bar
If you find yourself with a Departure Gate between 16 and 21 in the Qantas Terminal Satellite, head to Graze Grill & Bar to taste what was crowned Australia’s fastest selling beer (2016), Wild Yak Pacific Ale.
If Pacific Ale isn’t your brewski of choice, switch to a Fat Yak - their Pale Ale that sold one million cases in its first year and was crowned Australia’s best beer by the public when it launched.
You can also enjoy both beers at Bar Roma and Velocity Café and Bar, a short stroll to Gate 22 to 25.
5. Wasabi Warriors
Want a beer to wash down your sashimi?
Roll your in-cabin bag straight to Wasabi Warrior near Gate 32 in the Central Terminal Satellite and grab an Asahi for a Japanese inspired pre-flight meal and drink.
6. Fonzie Abbott
When your travel companion suggests coffee, but you want a beer – why not have both?
Head to Fonzie Abbott near Gate 41 (Virgin Terminal) and grab yourself a Great Northern, a beer created to quench the thirst of north-Queenslanders since 1927.
Where to grab a beer at the International Terminal
7. Burger Urge
Burgers and beers go together like strawberries and cream, and you’ll find the iconic duo on the concourse of the International Terminal.
Make tracks to Burger Urge and get into international mode before your flight and order a Peroni Nastro or Leggera to drink with your Boston Cheese.
8. Corretto Café & Bar
Nothing says Bon Voyage like a brew (or two) with loved ones at Corretto Café & Bar.
Located before security lines, it’s the perfect place to make the most of their company before stepping beyond the yellow gates to head overseas.
While you’re there, make like David Attenborough and do your bit for the environment by ordering a Kolsch, Pale Ale or Pacific Ale from Four Pines Brewery - an ocean friendly and environmentally conscious brewery from the northern beaches of New South Wales.
9. Windmill & Co
Did you even go overseas if you didn’t post a photo with a pre-departure drink at Windmill & Co?
With uninterrupted views of all the action on the tarmac, there’s no better place to grab a photo for your Instagram feed to make your followers double tap with envy.
Serving local brews from Newstead Brewing Company and The Burleigh Brewing Co, kickstart holiday-mode with a final taste of Queensland.
10. Brisbane River Grill
Brisbane River Grill’s Eagle Street Pier waterfront restaurant is synonymous with beer and its sister restaurant in the International Terminal is no different.
For a Brisbane local before you depart, grab a pot of Green Beacon Windjammer IPA.