Kick-start your weekend vibes with an epic craft beer crawl to partake of the Valley’s best purveyors and pullers of artisan ales. Take a wander to discover what’s new on tap and slake your thirst (walking is hard work, after all) with a locally brewed beer.
Here’s cheers to the Valley’s craft breweries, pubs and bars, now open for walk-ins and bookings:
Start at the Bloodhound Corner Bar & Kitchen on Brunswick Street. Housed in a two-storey heritage building, this craft beer bar has a rotating selection of local, national and international craft beer styles across 10 taps plus a cracking range of tinnies and bottles. Whether you’re into ciders or sours, IPAs or RIS (Russian imperial stout), you’ll find plenty of good stuff on tap and behind the bar here. Goes down nicely with the delish menu of tacos, wings and burgers.
Head down Brunswick Street to Valley Hops Brewing on the rooftop above Cloudland. Soak in the energy of Fortitude Valley while enjoying the selection of six on-tap, independently brewed beers. Pair your IPA with a wood-fired pizza or something off the charcoal grill. Everything on the menu is bite-size and can be held in one hand, leaving the other free for your preferred brew. For the more curious, find out what goes into a Valley-born beer by taking the Valley Hop Brewery tour. Website
Pop next door to Ivory Tusk, Woolly Mammoth’s little sibling by way of Palm Springs. The Ann Street space dishes up Cali-Mex street food alongside nine rotating craft beers on tap from the likes of Stone & Wood and Young Henrys plus the house cerveza (beer) from a pastel-hued casa.
Hang a left on Wickham Street and walk past Chinatown to the Soapbox Beer neon sign on Gipps Street. Settle into the Valley’s first independent microbrewery and sit among the craft beer operations to taste the locally handcrafted brews straight from the seven taps plus one rotating cider tap. Try the Wattle It Be brown ale, Punter Cashmere SMaSH IPA or Tongue Twister Sour. The BrewBar is open for dine-in and takeaway – book online to make sure your seat is set.
Continue up to Netherworld craft beer bar at the junction of Brunswick Street and St Paul’s Terrace. Doing things a little differently, the retro themed games and arcade bar offers a mostly vegan menu alongside 24 draft taps that include 14 local and interstate beers, two Aussie ciders and their own handmade sodas. Local labels to sample include Brewvegas x Felons, Aether Brewing and Slipstream.
For your final stop along the Valley craft beer trail, head back down Brunswick Street and turn left on Wickham Street and follow it down to Bridge Street. On the left is the Byron Bay-based Stone & Wood Brisbane Brewery, located in a sprawling heritage building. The operational brewery has an eight hectolitre brewhouse and five fermenters to craft one-off small batch beers exclusive to Stone & Wood Brisbane. Right now, choose from eight pilot batches and six all-year beers plus a cider on tap. Pair your brew with a rotating range of bites from select Brissie food vendors available on site.
– November  2021