Bar Stuff Episode 4 – The Scratch, Milton

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February 6, 2013 by 250 Beers

It’s been a while since my keyboard got a pounding with frantic taps as I proclaim my views on a Brisbane drinking venue.

Previous posts include The Platform Bar in Brisbane’s CBD and most recently Tippler’s Tap in Newstead. I thought it was about time The Scratch got a going over.

Hey, talking of frantic taps…

scratch logoLocated along the bustling eatery/drinkery strip of Park Road in Milton, The Scratch is a two minute walk from Milton train station and offers something very different in comparison to the vast majority of the Brisbane pub/bar/beer scene….fast-moving, rotating taps…on the doorstep of a XXXXing huge brewery neighbour. Brilliant!

Knowing that my glass of beer will taste ten times better than the one he’s holding, I smugly tip my hat and flick a wink back towards this guy every time I go to The Scratch…

If you look closely at his left hand he is actually having a 'scratch'...

If you look closely at his left hand he is actually having a ‘scratch’…

Of course, rotating taps isn’t a new concept in Brisbane. In fact, up until fairly recently before they sold out to the (Lion Nathan-controlled) James Squire brand, The Platform Bar at Grand Central on Ann Street managed eight rotating taps rather well. It’s an excellent crowd pulling idea and something to keep beer drinkers keen. Tippler’s Tap are doing a great job of it right now with 10 taps and a hand-pump.

The Scratch has four taps plus a hand-pump and let me tell you – those taps rotate. In the 10 day period between 11th and 20th Jan 2013 (inclusive) no less than 24 different beers made an appearance. With the exception of an American and two Norwegian beers, 21 of the 24 brews were from a variety of Australian breweries which is really good news. More interestingly, 12 of the 21 (more than half) were from Queensland-based breweries. This is really encouraging. It’s fantastic that home-grown talent can be showcased in this way.

Due to capacity restrictions with the premises, only 60 patrons are permitted inside at any one time. This has sometimes lead to a queue of people waiting outside The Scratch with a ‘one in, one out’ system in operation! Seeing a throng of people waiting patiently outside on a Friday evening isn’t a bad thing. It proves that people are intent on drinking good beer and that it’s well worth waiting for.

The guys behind the bar happily promote ‘try before you buy’ and will let you knock back a tester before you part with your cash. They’ll also give you the low-down on whatever is on tap while you’re there.

The place boasts a very relaxed atmosphere (and a seemingly endless supply of free peanuts) with plenty of comfy seats to rest your backside as you sit back, chill out and enjoy the beers on offer. It should be noted that The Scratch also stocks a long list of all kinds of bottled beers from different countries as well as serving bottled cider, wine and a host of spirits. To accompany the liquid delights is a contemporary cheese menu which should be checked out.

If you’re from Brisbane and love craft beer then you’ll know all of the above because you’ve probably been to The Scratch.

If you’re from out of town and love craft beer then digest the above and put it on your ‘to-do’ list when you’re next in Brisbane.

If you’re from Brisbane and lover craft beer and have never been to or heard of The Scratch – what rock have you been hiding under? Go there. Today. You’re missing out!

The Scratch, 8/1 Park Road, Milton, QLD 4064.


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