August 12, 2013 by 250 Beers
Here at 250 Beers HQ in the outer northern suburbs of Brisbane, things are good. There is no hustle and bustle and we’re not far from some amazing beaches. It’s very tranquil. This is all great but equally kind of shit for a drinker of fine beer such as I.
250 Beers HQ is slap-bang in the middle of XXXX territory. By that I’m referring to the Castlemaine Perkins variety of XXXX not the subtle term used for porn. Although, it could be both. I’m not sure. I mean who knows what the neighbours are up to?
If I walk into a bottle shop up here and utter the words ‘craft beer’ the glares that get thrown my way are devastating. I may as well walk in butt-naked in a pair of high heels…pink ones.
Sometimes, the guy behind a counter might come into conversation and suggest something from the James Squire range, Little Creatures or even Matilda Bay’s Fat Yak. This is generally the extent of craft beer in my neck of the woods.
So, when All Inn Brewing Co. commenced commercial brewing in Banyo a few months back, you’d forgive me for getting just a little bit excited. Something craft for the upper echelons of Brisbane’s north at last.
Since Harley Goodacre took the reigns of 189 Elliott Street and started to brew, Sandgate (also famously ‘north side’) welcomed a new bar in the form of Cardigan Bar. Things were on the up for the likes of me.
Having been very appreciative of an invite to Harley’s launch of All Inn at The Scratch last month (read all about it here), I was equally chuffed with the news last week that All Inn’s brewery bar was about to open to the public.
I headed there after work last Friday. It wasn’t as early in the day as I’d hoped so I’d missed out on the opening day free BBQ. That’ll teach me for putting work ahead of beer.
I had to take it easy on the beers because I was driving but that didn’t stop me reacquainting myself with Ruby (4.4%) within minutes of my arrival.
Apart from being able to see the brewing set-up for the first time and enjoy a couple of beers on a Friday afternoon, the visit also ticked a few other boxes for me. It was interesting to see exactly what Harley had done with what was an old warehouse. He’s put in a whole new floor, re-wired the place and built a cold room to store all of his kegged beer…all on a very tight budget. I’m no expert but I think he’s done a pretty good job.
It was also an opportunity to catch up with Harley on his turf and in a much quieter environment than the hectic Scratch event. He was calmer and seemed a lot more chilled and at home. Having all five of his All Inn girls tapped at the brewery and flowing for all to sample must be a great feeling after nine months of hard graft.
The last box that I managed to tick was that I was on the hunt for some Queensland brewed IPA. I need to road test my new Spiegelau IPA glasses and wanted to include something locally brewed to assist. There isn’t a commercial brewery nearer to 250 Beers HQ than All Inn so I managed to walk away with a squealer refill (a litre) of Pocahontas (5.6%). More on that road test soon.
Before I headed off home to sit in some peak-hour traffic, there was just about enough time for a glass of Lucy (3.5%), the session ale.
I have to say that the beers were tasting even better than they did at The Scratch launch. It’s a shame that I had the car with me or else I would have sampled the other three beers again. Oh, well. It means I’ll have to go back I guess.
All Inn will be firing up the BBQ every Friday afternoon from now on so if you get the chance to drop by, then do so.
…and don’t forget to check out the All Inn Brewing Co. website which is now live.