Boy oh boy do we love a food precinct. The more options to choose from when we head out to eat the better—which is why we’re pretty stoked at the news that Albion is about to score a massive undercover dining, drinking and shopping spot that combines all our favourite things under one roof.
Landing in Collingwood Street, Craft’d Grounds is masterminded by the same people behind Collingwood Black and The Black Market. Taking over a cluster of empty industrial spaces and a forgotten, 100-year-old timber mill, the precinct will feature laneways, street art and a raw, industrial architectural design (think Grounds Of Alexandria vibes), whilst being completely undercover and protected from the Queensland elements.
So what’s going to be inside? Well, as of today, the very first venue is already open, and it's one for the beer lovers. Brewtide, a brand new brewery with a name inspired by the king tides that occasionally wash into some of Albion’s lower lying streets, is now pouring brews from their 20 taps, along with wines, spirits and cocktails from behind the bar.
The massive, timber-lined brewery has been designed so that you can see tanks and brewers brewing up the very beer you’re sipping at the bar. On tap for the opening is their flagship Brewtide Lager, along with several collaborations, like a coffee stout infused with beans from the precincts other newly opened venue, Seven Miles coffee roastery and cafe. Here you can sip on a smooth, caffeinated blend roasted right there in house, and nibble on a selection of sweet treats if you're peckish.
Of course, there's a heap more to come to Craft'd Grounds, including Brass Tacks, a bakery and deli from the team behind Lady Bouchon and Pie Hole, as well as a restaurant, more artisan food tenants and weekend farmers markets.
Craft'd Grounds' co-founder James Rennell said of the precinct, “It’s about a destination that’s humble and gives an appreciation and experience of everything handcrafted, including beer, coffee, modern comfort food, fresh farmers markets, live music, all ‘Made in Brisbane...It’s about feeling dwarfed and in awe watching the brewer at work, tasting Australia’s freshest produce, experiencing the crafts of incredible artisans, and live musicians, or celebrate your most special life moments—all within the one timeless precinct.”
You can see more about Craft'd Grounds and stay up to date with their news here.
If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in the meantime, check out Brisbane’s best restaurants here.
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