SEQ’s best brews

by Derek Ephrem - 19 Jan 2021
Is there anything more Australian than a BBQ and a cold beer? Especially a beer that is brewed right here in your own backyard.

South East Queensland is fast emerging as Australia’s craft brew capital, with fantastic brewers dotted right across this beer-loving region. Here are our top ten craft breweries you may not have tried yet – but definitely should. Cheers!

4 Brothers Brewing, Toowoomba

4 Brothers Brewing
4 Brothers Brewing

Born and Bred in Toowoomba, 4 Brothers Brewing is a small, independent brewery supplying beer to local establishments as well as hosting its own on-site taproom. The taproom is open seven days a week, where you can share a beer or fill a growler to take home. Maybe Australia Day is your time to join the brotherhood?

Bacchus Brewing, Capalaba

Bacchus Brewing Co.
Bacchus Brewing Co.
 

Bacchus Brewing Co. is a unique small batch, award winning brewery. The brewery cellar door has 21 rotating taps pouring the most eclectic range of beers and cider in South East Queensland. From traditional English-style cask real ales to exotic creations like Peanut Brittle Gose & White Chocolate Pilsner. Dozens of different bottled beers are available, all brewed in-house and available for drink-in or takeaway.

Ballistic Beer Company, Salisbury (and Springfield)

Ballistic Beer Company
Ballistic Beer Company
 

Ballistic Beer Co’s headquarters is set in an old World War II ammunitions factory in the historic, industrial suburb of Salisbury. The venue houses the production of their delicious brews and features a cellar-door style bar where you can pop in for a sip from 12 taps and take a tour of the brewery facilities. With plenty of open space to run and play, Ballistic is a hit with the big kids as well as the little ones.  

Loose Moose Brewing Co, Browns Plains

Loose Moose Brewing
Loose Moose Brewing

One of Logan's best kept secrets, Loose Moose Brewing is located within the industrial park in Browns Plains. Don't let the surrounds fool you, this family owned micro-brewery retailer is well worth the trip. There are over 200 varieties of beer and cider to choose from, each embodying the micro-brewery's philosophy for quality brews by using the finest ingredients. Naturally brewed, no preservatives and no chemicals.

Moffat Beach Brewing Co, Moffat Beach

Moffat Beach Brewing Co
Moffat Beach Brewing Co

Moffat Beach Brewing Co is possibly Australia's only beachside brewery. Moffat Beach Brewing Co is the most awarded brewery on the Sunshine Coast picking up the award for Champion Independent Small Brewery of Australia and Champion Independent Session Beer in 2018. This unique brewery is in full public view and if you are lucky, you can sip on one of their handcrafted beers, catch the breeze off the pacific and watch the brewers at work.

Monkey Tree Brewing Co, Underwood

Monkey Tree Brewing Co
Monkey Tree Brewing Co
 

Monkey Tree Brewing Co. specialises in handcrafted, locally brewed craft beer which is made from the freshest ingredients, using no chemicals or preservatives. The end result is a cleaner, tastier beer experience, brewed locally on premises. “The Tree” Tap Bar is open on Fridays from 3pm till after dinner and Saturdays from 12pm till 5pm.

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, Ipswich

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery
Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Known as Pumpyard because of the site's original use as the water source for the City of Ipswich, it now supplies its happy customers with liquid of the amber kind from its brand, Four Hearts Brewing.
Pumpyard has won an enviable reputation as the place to go for top quality, locally brewed beer and plenty of atmosphere. Pumpyard's décor is funky industrial with huge shiny vats housing the craft beer produced onsite.

Scenic Rim Brewery, Mt Alford

Scenic Rim Brewery
Scenic Rim Brewery

Scenic Rim Brewery and Cafe is a small family-owned brewery located at picturesque Mt Alford. Their beers have been developed to quench more than your thirst. Their dedication to craft brewing combined with the best ingredients, ensures an all round sensory experience. Open Thursdays to Sundays, shop online via their website, or add their delicious brews to your next Scenic Rim Farm Box.

Sunshine Coast Brewery, Kunda Park

Sunshine Coast Brewery
Sunshine Coast Brewery

Sunshine Coast Brewery is a boutique brewery based in Kunda Park on the Sunshine Coast. Founded in 1998, Sunshine Coast Brewery’s initial focus was making a fine local ginger beer. Today the brewery delivers over a dozen different beers. The Brewery offers both bottled and draught beers with many award winners among the selection. 

Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company, North Lakes

Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company
Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company

Raise a glass to Thirsty Chiefs’ preservative and chemical-free craft beers and ciders. From chilli beer to honey cream lager and hopped apple cider, you're sure to find a brew that's right for you. Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company lets you view, learn about and participate in the brewing process at their exclusive microbrewery in North Lakes. Using commercial grade brewing equipment and fine quality ingredients, sample or create your own great tasting chemical or preservative-free beers and ciders.