When we stumbled upon new Brisbane bar and restaurant Brisbane Brewing Co., we knew we’d found a gem.
Brisbane Brewing Co.'s charms could be succinctly summed up thusly: we love it because the beer is great, the vibe is chilled, and the food’s even better. But you’d probably like some more detail than that, no?
Extending their turf to West End, the craft beer masters and local brewers that brought you Brisbane Brewhouse—which has thrown off its shady, shady past as The Clarence Corner Hotel and is now a south side venue well worth a visit—have opened this new Brisbane bar and restaurant slashie, and if the Friday night crowd is anything to go by, it’s a winner.
Hidden down a very West End appropriate laneway adorned with twinkling lights and in a converted carpark, Brisbane Brewing Co. is the perfect combo of industrial-cool and comfortably casual, making it an ideal post-work or weekend hang out.
Serving up classic but fresh pub fare with a chef-ly twist, when it comes to the food, there’s more than enough on this well-rounded menu to satisfy beer lover and gourmands alike.
Self-described as ‘Oktoberfest-meets-New York Deli-meets-South America gastronomy’, the food clearly straddles various cuisine styles, but to good effect.
Featuring generous charcuterie-style share platters, parmys, hoagies and Americana pulled meats, plus some nods to more refined French dishes like duck a l’orange (in the form of twice cooked duck leg with a blood orange reduction), we were particular fans of the beer battered barra, and the 12-hour smoked Angus brisket.
The freedom to choose two sides, with every main, from the salad and hot sides was a nice touch too. The maple bacon popcorn and jalapeno hushpuppies are our picks.
When it comes to the beer, we have it on good authority (some particularly excitable beer snobs aficionados we know) that Brisbane Brewing Co. is one of the best in the game, with 11 craft beers on tap at any one time—including the excellent product of the onsite microbrewery—plus more than 50 bottled craft beers loaded in to the fridges.
A carefully selected wine, cider and cocktail list round out the drink offering.
Comparisons to beer-loving West End neighbor, Archive are inevitable, and we predict Brisbane Brewing Co. will have Brisbane’s bar lovers swooning just as hard as they do for Archive.
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Image credit: Esteban Rivera