International Beer Day | Gourmand & Gourmet

Raise a glass for International Beer Day

As chronic sufferers of FOMO we understand how picking your venue to celebrate International Beer Day is a tricky one. But it’s just around the corner on August 4th so the time for decisions is nigh!

With so many great breweries and bars around the city it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the choice. We wish we could make your life easier and give you a definitive answer, but we’re an indecisive bunch too, so to help all of us, we’ve planned a tour for you. So book your uber and hop to it!

Newstead Brewing | Newstead

We recommend starting this journey on a full stomach, and we personally believe starting with a pizza from Newstead Brewing. Choose from classics like Margherita, or get adventurous with Cajun potato, pickled jalapeno and bacon. But let’s not forget the real hero – beer, and Newstead have twelve on tap – six of their own brews and six rotating. Since you’re in for a long day of eating and tasting, we suggest the 3 Quarter Time Session Ale if you want to pace yourself, or for something unique – The Toowong Dubbel.

Green Beacon | Tenerife

Now that you’re stuffed full of pizza, take the short walk to Green Beacon, home to some of the best beers and seafood Brisbane has on offer. The team at Green Beacon has taken their shared knowledge from years spent overseas in big, bad cities New York and London, added some hops and yeast and brewed up the big, bad shed that is Green Beacon. Choose from Mooloolaba King prawns, oysters and Moreton Bay bugs, or just get the whole lot. Pair your seafood feast with one of Green Beacon six core beers. We love the 3 Bolt Pale Ale, or for something different the Mainstay Amber- a New Zealand hop with black current, pine and citrus aromas.

Aether Brewing | Milton

Trek across the city and find yourself at Aether Brewing. The brewery has only been open since late 2016 but has already gained a reputation for delicious food, and interesting beers. Graze on braised chorizo and baby octopus, or panko crumbed smoke brie filled mushrooms whilst you enjoy beers like the Event Horizon Stout with a spiced rum and vanilla kick, or the malty Aether Red Giant Red Ale.

Brisbane Brewing Co | West End

It’s time to make like The Village People and go west. Hidden away down a laneway in eclectic West End you’ll find Brisbane Brewing Co. The team pride themselves on their preservative free beer and have five staple beers that are constantly on tap as well as three seasonal beers. Grab one of their famous Brissy Pills beers and a Brewer’s Platter and settle in for the afternoon snacking on brisket, pickles, bread and cheese in their al fresco beer garden. Bliss!

Catchment Brewing Co | West End

New kids on the block Catchment Brewing Company was dreamt up by friends whilst their actual kids hung out at Kindergarten. Built on the basis of community and bloody good beer, and inspired by the idea that West End was too rad not to have its own brewery they set about carving out their own piece of Boundary Street. After the day you’ve had, we think it’s time to get back to basics – and what better way than with a porterhouse steak, hand cut chips and IPA beer gravy?

Sit on the balcony overlooking Boundary Street, bright ale in hand, and congratulate yourself- you just won International Beer Day. 

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the gourmand who is bubblier than a bright ale.

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