After navigating the murky waters of Brisbane council bureaucracy, it’s finally official: Stone & Wood will be opening a new brewery in Fortitude Valley this spring.
The new dropped via a press statement on their website, and people are already frothing.
The Brisbane brewery has been on the cards for a while, but the owners Jamie Cook, Brad Rodgers and Ross Jurisich took a while searching for the right space, and then getting the plans through council. It’s not easy when your new venue fits 600 litres of beer and 90 thirsty punters.
“Setting up our own brewery in Brisbane has been in the works for a while,” the guys say. “Within a couple of hours of our original home in Byron, we consider this to be a part of our local area. Queensland’s capital is a thriving cultural city where many of our customers (some of which have been with us from the beginning) and drinkers are.”
The new location? 99 Bridge Street in the Valley. The building is a red-brick stunner: a heritage-listed former warehouse and motorcycle shop, soon to be slinging Stone & Wood’s regular craft line-up, plus some limited-edition beers, brewed right on-site.
The plan is to run beer workshops, community events and S&W merch sales out of the cavernous space.
“Ultimately, the brewery will be about drawing drinkers to Fortitude Valley with something uniquely Stone & Wood,” the statement says. “We imagine this to be a place for casual mid-week work drinks, Friday afternoon knock-offs and weekends out in the Valley. Like our brewery in Byron Bay, it’ll be a place to slow down and connect.”
“We originally hoped to open the brewery earlier, but due to the nature of working with a heritage-listed structure, the opening date was postponed so the building’s owner could undertake rectification work needed to install a working brewery.”
There’s no exact opening date yet, but the guys have committed to ‘spring’. Keep an eye on their social channels for all the details. We’ll be covering the opening big-time when it goes live.
Image credit: Kaitlin Maree Photography for Urban List