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 its Domestic Terminal.
Flowing through the bar taps and stocked on the shelves of fridges of the Domestic Terminal, 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 within the Domestic Terminal, hop(ps) to it with this guide.
1. Newstead Brewing Co
For your last taste of Brisbane before you jet off, pull up a stool at the newly launched (June 2021) Newstead Brewing Co. You'll find it pouring its own take of 'nectar of the gods' from level 2, near gate 38 (after security).
On the menu you'll even find their very own BNE-blend, aptly named Tailwind Lager along with a selection of cocktails best washed down with an Australian-fusion menu.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Ze Pickle
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 burger to arrive, with a South Australian-made Pirate Life IPA at Ze Pickle (Qantas end).
If the wayward Pirates life is not for you, Ze Pickle have a choice of beers on tap, if you'd like to have a touch more control in your life.
5. 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 Coffee Royal, a short stroll away to Gate 22.
When your travel companion suggests coffee, but you want a beer – why not have both?
Head to [email protected] in the Qantas Link area and grab yourself a Great Northern, a beer created to quench the thirst of north-Queenslanders since 1927.
What are you waiting for? It's after five somewhere in the world. Right?
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