Bar Stuff Episode 5 – Embassy Craft Beer Bar


April 3, 2013 by 250 Beers

I headed to Brisbane’s CBD for a spot of liquid lunch today. I had one destination in mind – the Embassy Craft Beer Bar on the corner of Elizabeth and Edward Streets. At only two days old, it’s Brisbane’s newest craft beer bar. Possibly Australia’s?

I first visited the Embassy Hotel (which is what it was called then) a few years ago when it was a run-of-the-mill, average (and very sticky) bar. Despite loving beer, I vowed never to return. That was until earlier this year when news first broke that it was being transformed into a craft beer joint.

Let me tell you, the place has been given an enormous breath of fresh air. In fact, it’s more of a gust than a breath.

Day two seemed to be going very well. The bar is up and running with a tap selection that really does point Queensland in the right direction. It shouts the fact that there is a hugely positive shift towards craft beer and it’s happening right now in the Sunshine State’s capital.

Admittedly, the move to transform from a grotty hole to an elegantEmbassy Craft Beer Bar work in progress space is a big gamble for brothers and new owners Demetri and Alex in a City still dominated by drinkers of daft beer versus drinkers of craft beer. However, from what I saw of the tapped and bottled beer selection, people will come and people will come back. The fridges are stacked out with local brews from the likes of Holgate, Temple, Feral, Nail, 4 Pines, Sunshine Coast, Bridge Road, Mountain Goat, Kooinda, Red Hill, Stone & Wood and Two Birds as well as a sturdy selection of international beers. Better still, there wasn’t a XXXXing XXXX in sight!

There are 16 taps and a hand-pump (five of the taps and the hand-pump will rotate). I had a Feral Hop Hog, a Holgate Road Trip and a Feral White while I was there.

If somebody had said to me a year ago that there would be 17 barrels of non-mainstream beer pouring in Brisbane’s CBD in 2013, not only would I have laughed in their face and pissed myself a little bit, I would’ve made a citizen’s arrest and sent the fool off to a lunatic asylum. Ironic that the boys opened a day after April Fools Day.

Embassy Craft Beer Bar MenuThe food menu is extensive and simple. You won’t need to re-mortgage your house to eat there with the most expensive food item around $20. Chef Rob Campbell’s contemporary range of American-style food will encourage more people to sit and enjoy the new surroundings which are very rustic. Thankfully, the old fireplace remains and provides a homely feel as do the huge amount of leather bench seats.

It’s a very exciting time to be in Brisbane at the moment and I’ll be back to visit Embassy very soon. Support these guys and remember, Brisbane, “THINK CRAFT BEER, NOT DAFT BEER.”

Good luck Demetri and Alex. Somehow, I don’t think you’ll need it.

Embassy Craft Beer Taps 03.04.13

Embassy Craft Beer Taps 03.04.13 (click for larger view)

Embassy Craft Beer Bar, 214 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.

07 3221 7616


4 thoughts on “Bar Stuff Episode 5 – Embassy Craft Beer Bar

  1. […] I’m pleased to introduce a good friend of into the firkin hot seat this week – Demetri Conias from the Embassy Craft Beer Bar… […]

  2. […] was running late too. I had to hot-foot it across town following a blog-related, covert meeting at The Embassy. Details […]

  3. […] hard work driven by the Conias brothers – Demetri and Alex. They are hoping to emulate their Embassy success having witnessed that venue flourish after what had to be a rather large gamble. Converting […]

  4. […] craft portfolio on show – Little Creatures, White Rabbit etc. – think maybe Brewski or The Embassy. As a bit of a beer geek myself I’ve actually got nothing against a bar of this nature. Yes, […]

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