February 25, 2013 by 250 Beers
I recently found myself in Grand Central Cellars. It’s a bottle shop adjacent to…guess where…yep, Grand Central Hotel on Brisbane’s Ann Street. Well, strictly speaking, its adjacent to GC’s little sibling, The Platform Bar.
Now, I know what you’re thinking…me? In a bottle shop? How weird.
I was on a bit of a mission at the time. I had two goals. Firstly, it was a Friday afternoon and I was on the hunt for a 6pack of something to quaff that evening. Secondly, the visit was somewhat of a reconnaissance mission; I pop my head into the shop maybe once a month to see if any new beers are being chilled ready to jump from their fridge into mine. My monthly visit is often a waste of time but it doesn’t matter too much as GCC is very close to where I work.
On this particular occasion, I was astounded to see three breweries being represented that I’d never seen in there before.
I should point out at this stage that GCC is mainly stocked with wine. Wine is their forte but they do have a large and sensible range of craft beers. If I have one gripe with the store it’s the price of the beers. They are rather expensive. If I had the time, I’d be able to get the same beers at Archive marginally cheaper but Archive is a bus ride away and I’d possibly be spending the money that I’d save on beers on the bus fare. I’ve never done the maths.
I digress. Now, where was I? Ah, yes, new beers making an appearance.
On show were Kooinda’s Black IPA and Milk Porter, Feral Brewing’s Hop Hog IPA and Nail Brewing’s Nail Pale Ale.
I grabbed some Hop Hog and some Nail’s and then it hit me. The penny dropped.
Just the day before, I’d read a short piece on The Crafty Pint which mentioned that somebody was successfully bringing said beers into Queensland….and there I was staring straight at those beers.
Craft beer drinkers of Brisbane rejoice. We owe thanks to Daniel Rickard.
Daniel is a long-term craft beer lover and saw an opportunity last year to establish a company in Queensland; a company that could provide a solid presence in assisting the promotion and distribution in Queensland of decent beer being produced interstate. So, Calibre Craft Beer Trading Co. was born.
Calibre currently represent Feral Brewing and Nail Brewing (both WA) as well as Kooinda Boutique Brewery and Red Hill Brewery (both from Victoria).
Daniel currently distributes to more than 30 outlets in and around Brisbane and Ipswich. This is great news and enables the Queensland beer drinker easier access to even more diverse craft beer.
Forget Queensland Police or Queensland Fire & Rescue……Calibre is providing a vital service to this state. A new super-hero is helping this state in its fight against drab beer.
For more info and a full list of stockists, check out Daniel’s website www.calibrebeer.com