January 21, 2015 by 250 Beers
I detest moving house. Upping sticks is simply not for the faint hearted. All the trials, tribulations, legal kerfuffle, sleepless nights and so on and so forth. It’s not something that I make a habit of doing and neither should anybody else if it can be helped.
Spare a thought for Michelle and Grant Clark…and the brew kit of their Brisbane Brewing Company. The brew pub’s original home was in Brisbane’s CBD – on Albert Street. It was home for three years up until the latter part of 2008. I know this because I visited the venue for a works’ Christmas in July function. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we tried to visit again for Christmas in December (I felt the need to distinguish between the fake and real Christmases)….but, alas, it had closed down.
A few years later I had seen the light, found craftier beer and realised that the beer I was drinking at the Brewhouse Brisbane in Woolloongabba (formerly the Clarence Corner Hotel) was being brewed by Brisbane Brewing Co. in a shed at Albion. Not only that, the owners of the Brewhouse were the same as those that owned the brewery and the very same people who ran the Albert Street site that I was so fond of. All the pieces of the puzzle slotted together and my brain made an audible ‘ding’ sound.
Fast forward nearly seven years and Brisbane Brewing Co. has new digs again. This time there’s no shed. This time it’s a little bit special.
I was fortunate and grateful to be invited along for a soft launch the day before the grand unveiling this week…
At 124 Boundary Street, West End you’ll be greeted by an ornate set of double gates that contain intricate hop bines, hop cones and some of the best iron work I’ve ever seen.
The gates lead through to a courtyard with a welcoming lane-way vibe that becomes quite enticing once the sun disappears. Soft illumination by delicately poised fairy lights soften the harsh West End bustle from yonder.
Some 20 metres or so along and the courtyard opens up into a small open air expanse with an adjoining, glass fronted delicatessen counter serving an appetising selection of cold meats and a range of cheeses.
Once inside it’s easy to forget that just moments prior you were stood on Boundary Street. Again, soft lighting, timber, black and white floor tiles combined with the tried and trusted recipe of exposed brickwork just makes the decor of this new brew pub work. The colour scheme of a warming teal/aqua paint job over wooden cladding is a stroke of genius. There’s no doubt about it, this venue with its terrific use of space emits a variant of class unrivalled by most of its near neighbours. The hard work and sheer effort that it’s taken to get to this juncture in the brewery’s life is plain for all to see. Finishing touches such as the polished concrete bar top, strategically placed plants (even in the toilets!) and hung artwork plus hand-painted logos in carefully chosen locations provide the icing on this cake.
Also in plain sight is the working brewery itself – set back to one side behind a glass partition. It’s the first time that it has been on show for many years and the first time that the brewed contents have been used to fill bright beer tanks in a purpose-built cold room. The bright tanks are connected straight to the taps at the bar resulting in bloody fresh beer!
This Brisbane Brewing Co bar will be mirroring its ‘Gabba sister venue by not only tapping their own beer but also serving guest beers too as well as offering take-away packaged beer, growlers and riggers.
It has to be said that I’m not the biggest fan of West End. I never tend to accidentally be there. I head that way specifically to be at one or two great venues. That small list has just grown by one more. Brisbane Brewing Co is – and will no doubt continue to be – a destination of choice for me.
I’m told that if you listen carefully on quiet nights you can actually hear the fermenters breathing a sigh of relief. Relief that the trauma of another move has gone so successfully. I don’t think there will be another move because my money is firmly on the kit remaining on this site for many, many years to come.