Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The Green Beacon Brewing Co. Opens

On Thursday night, the Green Beacon Brewing Co. threw open its doors for the first time for a special industry preview ahead of the official opening on Friday. After so much anticipation from Brisbane beer drinkers, could Green Beacon really meet the high expectations laid upon it? I braved the rain-soaked streets of Teneriffe to find out...

THE SHORT ANSWER: Yes. Yes, it did.


You may remember that Black Ladle first broke news of the Green Beacon Brewing Co. almost a year ago, when I began to hear rumours of a microbrewery opening in inner-city Brisbane. Excited about such a prospect, I dusted off my Sherlock Holmes hat and did some detective work (i.e. Googling), eventually turning up a few morsels of information that confirmed the name and future location of the Green Beacon Brewing Co.* You can read that little piece of history here.

So after a year of construction and brewing, co-owners Marc Chrismas and Adrian Slaughter gave a little preview of their hard work to a small crowd of industry folk on Thursday night.

When I arrived at Green Beacon around 5:30, the beer was already flowing from tap to glass and straight into the hands of the small but eager crowd. The best of the craft beer bars were represented with guys from The Scratch, Tippler's Tap, and Kerbside in attendance. There were beer bloggers, beer brewers, and beer lovers. And they were all loving the Green Beacon beers.

There are currently six beers to choose from, all brewed on the premises: 3 Bolt Pale, Cross Knot Kolsch, Windjammer IPA, Wayfarer Wheat, Anchor Amber, and Penny Porter.

Of these, I tried the Pale, IPA, Amber, and the Porter. Although the Amber seemed to be the most popular on the night (it required a keg change very early on), my favourite was the Windjammer IPA with its excellent balance of hops and bitterness, and a nice clean finish.

Serving sizes are Smalls ($7) and Bigs ($9), and if you'd like to take some home to enjoy later you can purchase a re-usable Growler ($15) or Squealer ($10) and have it filled with your favourite Green Beacon beer. Local wines from Giraween are also available, along with soft drinks and juice.

Food options centre mostly around fresh, local seafood. Oysters, prawns, crabs, bugs and redclaw are all on offer. And if that's not enough, there's cheese plates, dips, biltong, nuts and breads as well. Adrian and Marc have applied their "support local" ethos to the food menu too, so it's all high quality artisan produce from local producers.

Just as much effort has been put into the interior design of the building - an old warehouse - with silver tanks full of beer lining the wall behind the bar, and plenty of wooden surfaces adding some warmth to the industrial feel of the interior. A large roller door emblazoned with the Green Beacon logo rolls up to let in the sunshine and down to keep out the night. It's all a bit "New York", an influence that Marc freely admits, and it works well.

With its tasty beers brewed on the premises and a fantastic selection of fresh, local seafood, Green Beacon Brewing Co. is a welcome addition to the Teneriffe area, joining Tippler's Tap and Bitter Suite in what is fast becoming a hot spot for craft beer in Brisbane.

Green Beacon Brewing Co on Urbanspoon
*Note: I do not actually own a Sherlock Holmes hat, and was certainly not wearing one whilst Googling.


Anonymous said...

I went on the weekend and it was awesome! Best beer in the state by a country mile

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