July 4, 2013 by 250 Beers
I was fortunate enough to be present at the opening of a new craft beer bar last night (Wednesday 3rd July)…Cardigan Bar opened it’s doors to the Sandgate public just 10 days out from the start of Queensland Beer Week.
Nestled rather snugly between a bicycle store and a cafe specialising in crepes, Cardigan Bar brings a burst of fresh air to this tranquil, laid back outer northern suburb of Brisbane. Joining the ever-growing list of bars in and around Brisbane tapping the delights of craft beer, owners Chris and Abby see this venture as a very exciting move. So do I as they’re not a million miles away from 250 Beers HQ.
Sandgate and its surrounds are known for being home to an older generation – a retirement mecca. This is rapidly changing with the continued growth of Brisbane. A younger generation is looking to move away from the City but still within reach and anywhere in the upper echelons of the Shorncliffe train line fit the bill perfectly. Oh, and there’s easy access to numerous beaches and waterways to boot.
Cardigan Bar will attract various age groups that’s for sure – not just that younger generation of late twenty-somethings. Being just 35 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD (courtesy of my favourite train operator) and 30 minutes by car from the north (Caboolture), the bar is easily accessible to everybody.
The place is kitted out very simply but it still emits a relaxed feel. The lane-way vibe of Melbourne that Brisbane is trying to achieve with its own emergence of lane-way bars is here at Cardigan Bar for all to see and embrace. The inclusion of outdoor seating too only enhances the chilled-out and friendly ambience.
With four taps that are currently pouring home-grown liquid talent from Bacchus Brewing, I couldn’t help but dive face first into a White Chocolate Raspberry Pilsner (4.9%). This beer won the People’s Choice Award at GABS a couple of months ago. It was my first chance to try it and it was well worth the wait – and very much worthy of the accolades.
Owner, Chris, informed me that they are vowing to only tap beers that are brewed within an hour and a half of his establishment. This is a fantastic statement and an extremely cool selling point!
I had the car with me so I had to limit myself to only one more beer. It was a tough choice between the Mosaic IPA (7.0%) and the Oatmeal Stout (6.0%). I settled on the IPA and was immediately rewarded with floral and tropical notes that the Mosaic hop brings.
I had the pleasure of chatting to a few Sandgate residents that arrived around the same time as me (at 5pm for the opening). Every single one was excited to have Cardigan Bar on their doorstep. If people are already talking like that within 20 minutes of Cardigan Bar rolling up the shutter, then there’s a future in Sandgate for Cardigan Bar for a long time to come.
And do you know what? I didn’t see one, single cardigan.
Cardigan Bar, 198 Seymour Street, Sandgate, QLD 4017.