Initially when we arrived in Brisbane, we thought that there were two brewpubs. One called Aurora and the other, Brewhouse Brisbane. Both appeared to be on the same street according to my satnav. Well after ages looking for them, we gave up. They were either closed or else were never there and the satnav was wrong*. We settled on an Irish pub for dinner, drinks and rugby world cup. The reason was price, all the other bars were on the pedestrian street and seemed very expensive. The Irish pub was more reasonable and also had Fat Yak on tap. However after paying $11 for a pint, I gave up after two or three and switched to Coopers as it was far more reasonable at $6.50 per pint.
A quick stop at the hotel to check the Internet and I found that the Brewhouse Brisbane is on the other side of the river. It was also on the satnav so we took a taxi. The taxi driver had no idea where it was and did not speak English so we got off nearby and walked the rest of the way, thankfully it was only only at the end of the block.
We grabbed two beers and went out back in to the huge beer garden. I reckon this place is brilliant on a hot day.
First up was Sunshine honey wheat. The honey was pretty obvious but otherwise this was a crisp and refreshing wheat beer, almost pilsner like actually. It was very refreshing and the perfect beer for a beer garden on a hot summer day.
Next up was Sunset Amber. It was an ok beer, nothing special. A little caramel, a little chocolate and some slight coffee.
I went back to the bar to pay more attention to what they had to offer. I got a sample tray of the 4 remaining beers available. I was given the menu (available online) and the beers were placed in order of the menu with the changes noted for me.
They were good sizes, pots I believe. Essentially it's not a sample tray, simply pots of beer you purchase as normal. It's not a bad way of doing things to be honest, sort of like getting half pints in an Irish pub instead of a sample tray.
The coffee porter was like a cold espresso. There was a little chocolate as well. At first it was lovely but since I don't drink coffee, after a while it became difficult to drink. If coffee is your thing then give it a go.
The midnight stout was next and it was quite nice. Vanilla and caramel and a slight booziness to it, at 6.7 % we are in to imperial stout territory. I found it quite milky and plenty of chocolate.
On to BPA now, Brisbane Pale Ale. This was my favourite I think. Orange comes through in the aroma so I wondered was it Amarillo? Well no, as it turns out it is single hopped with Galaxy. In fact it uses all Australian ingredients. I thought it could do with some dry hopping, as it turns out it is dry hopped so I reckon it could do with a little more. Not that there was anything wrong with the beer, it had a fantastic mix of citrus and tropical fruits.
Finally the Starlager. I am pretty sure it was exclusively Saaz hops used. This was an interesting beer because I thought the flavour was fantastic, but it was almost sickly and not because it was too sweet either. It was actually the mouthfeel, it came across as very heavy. I wonder did they add nitrogen to it? It had the body of a heavy stout. It was a good beer but I am not sure how sessionable it is and that sort of defeats the purpose of a Czech style pilsner.
After a while we went inside and listened to the live music. While not being blown away, the singer was entertaining. It was somewhat ruined by some drunk young lads but they were not doing any harm, just having a laugh and they did explain a question I had about Aussie rules football. I think it was just who was playing so they were not too bad, just loud.
We got a taxi back to our hotel, this time we got an Aussie driver who knew exactly where to go and understood what I was saying to him. It was a great night overall and I highly recommend going to Brewhouse Brisbane if you find yourself in the city.
* A little later investigation, as in a few moments ago, revealed the answer. The owners of the Brisbane Brewhouse used to have a brewpub called Aurora's downtown. That's why my satnav had both Aurora and Brisbane brewhouse listed at the same address, it was out of date. Brewhouse Brisbane in its current location south of the river has only been there since last year.