Brunswick and Ann


August 7, 2014 by 250 Beers

The latest Brisbane bar to turn its entire tap list to craft beer and cider is Brunswick and Ann in Fortitude Valley.

B&A logo - Black BadgeJoining established craft-only venues in the Valley such as Kerbside and The Mill on Constance, Brunswick and Ann is the first bar from the famous Brunswick Street Mall to make the wholehearted leap of faith into the realms of better beer and cider.

Brunswick and Ann is located on the corner or Brunswick and Ann Streets (you’d already guessed that though, right?) and is housed in the building that used to be the Bank Bar.

Photo: State Library of Queensland

Photo: State Library of Queensland

The current brick building opened in 1940 as a branch of the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney (CBC) – seen above regally decorated for a royal visit in 1954. The 336 Brunswick Street site has been home to a bank since 1887. CBC merged with the National Australia Bank (NAB) in 1982 and eventually closed this Valley branch (date unknown). 336 Brunswick Street sat empty for a while until it was acquired by local hospitality business – the Pullos Group.

Les Pullos and his family were already firmly cemented in the area having managed RG’s (Royal George) and Ric’s Bar for some time which are both located directly opposite the new Brunswick and Ann. The Woodford Village Hotel and the Samford Valley Hotel also feature as part of the Pullos Group.

There will be 26 taps in total across two levels at Brunswick and Ann – ground floor and basement. The latter still contains the original four walls to the old bank vault which is now a cold room. Expect to see the likes of Mountain Goat, Feral, 4 Pines, Murray’s and possibly even Nail and Sierra Nevada beers make an appearance. Look out for a few special bottles in the fridges too.

Brunswick and Ann will never be a Scratch or Tippler’s and I don’t believe that is Les’ intention. There will be a hint of Lion’s 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, I often drink some craftier beers than what you’ll find inside Brunswick and Ann but everybody’s got to start somewhere so if Brunswick and Ann can help entice some of the vibrant Valley crowd to explore their palates for the first time then I’m all for it. Remember: beer geek not beer snob.

It’s an area of the Valley not yet explored by punters looking for that tastier alternative to the mainstream beer that pours in neighbouring bars so it’s a bold move by Les. However, with a good location, what promises to be an enticing food menu and foot traffic rumoured to be around 20,000 on busy Friday and Saturday evenings, I reckon he’ll do OK.

It’s no real secret that Les had asked me to come on board with him and help with a few aspects of the new bar. I won’t go into too much detail but – like any self-confessed beer geek would – I jumped at the opportunity. However, due to work commitments with my new role in my real job, I had to take a step back with my enthusiasm and overturn my original glee.

Les is a great bloke and I wish him well in his new venture.

The doors get flung open on Wednesday 20th August at 6pm…I might see you there.


7 thoughts on “Brunswick and Ann

  1. I couldn’t agree more. The larger number of big, valley venues switching their taps over to proper beer, the better. It can only benefit the community as a whole.

  2. alex dobson says:

    I think we may have reached a peak for bars solely marketing themselves solely under ‘craft beer’. I am looking ahead to when we create great venues that stand on their own that also sell craft beer and let a few great beer centric venues do what they do. I think there are a few owners and prospective owners out there who might miss the point that people don’t just got to places like Scratch and Tipplers for the beer, it is more than that. New venues can’t create what those guys have with a few dollars and feral hop hog on tap.

    • 250 Beers says:

      I thoroughly agree Alex. I want to point out that Les doesn’t wish for Brunswick and Ann to be labelled a ‘craft beer bar’. My reference to Scratch and Tippler’s was to highlight this.

      • alex dobson says:

        Don’t you find it strange that Les apparently doesn’t wish for Brunsiwck and Ann to be labelled a craft beer bar but then plasters craft beer memes over the venue for marketing. It just seems like a little grab into a market that they clearly don’t understand. Again always keen for great venues and the break up of big beer monopoly of taps but this just seems forced.

  3. Mike says:

    I hear big things are happening across the road from this joint at what was formerly ‘Club 633’ and before that ‘The Mustang Bar’ in regards to craft beer in the valley. Sounds like the new place will outsize anything else on offer in the valley currently, beware the ‘Woolly Mammoth’!!!

  4. Mike on the Coast says:

    Well haven’t things come a long way in the Valley since the only alternative to Lion and CUB was the Elephant and Wheelbarrow who occasionally got in some Pommy kegs. Sounds like a good business plan to have a good sized venue. Good way to convert drinkers to craft beer.

    Much as I like the Scratch it’s a hole in the wall and you might as well forget it after 5 o’clock if you just want to sit and have a few.

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