Craft & New Age Beer Hop spots in our Region

Local Tastes

Forget XXXX, VB, Tooheys, Carlton, Hahn, Pure Blonde and all the other usual suspects, boutique brews are becoming all the rage.

Over the last couple of years Moreton Bay Region has seized onto the brewhahah fever and steeped up its game when it comes to serving new age and craft beer Brisbane north of the city. The divergence of flavours and styles of craft and new age beers holds great appeal to the discerning drinker and the beer curioso, with many local venues now tapping-into this growing market.

Apart from amusing ourselves with puns, we’ve also done plenty of Moreton Bay Region beereconnaissance to point you in the direction of a boutique beer venue near you. Whether you’re eager to try exotic craft brews from overseas, Australian new age delights, or little known Brisbane craft beers only available straight from the brewer, we’ve got an ale sure to prick your interest and expand your beer palate!

The golden nectar is experiencing its golden age, so what are you waiting for, get your friends and family together to try a crafty tipple schooner rather than later…

5 New Age & Craft Beer Brisbane North Beervana Venues

#1. Thirsty Chiefs Brewing Company – North Lakes

For primo craft beer Brisbane North you can’t go past family-friendly Thirsty Chiefs. This microbrewery is brewing up a storm in North Lakes, offering beer enthusiasts over 195 local and imported beers, ciders and unique range beers including preservative free, gluten free, alcoholic ginger beer and even chilli-infused brews.

To enjoy all the perks become a Chief Brewers Club member for access to the Share Board which allows you to sample smaller amounts whipped-up by other ‘Chief Brewers’, or become a Chief Brewer yourself to enjoy the complete brewing experience yourself – from working the kettle, to pouring the perfect head and sampling the beer on bottling day.

If you prefer crafting your own brew at home Thirsty Chiefs also operates North Lakes Brewing Supplies, your one-stop-shop for supplies, parts and equipment.

If you’ve a special event coming up, contact Thirsty Chief’s to enquire about mobile bar hire and party keg hire.

The microbrewery also hosts family-friendly Friday Knock Off Drinks, as well as monthly Karaoke Nights and other special events throughout the year.

While you can peruse the exhaustive beer and cider selection on Thirsty’s website, we’ve selected a couple of exotic options to wet your whistle:

  • Mexicana – Mexican style beer
  • Billabong Bay Bitter - Australia style beer
  • USA Light - American style beer

#2. Beardy’s Bar & Kitchen – Kippa-Ring

The bearded boys have a habit of going above and beyond. Aside from serving sensational boutique coffee, homemade burgers and arguably the best hot chips on the peninsula, Beardy’s also excels in the beer stakes.

The bar and café serves a great range of craft and new age beers sourced straight from suppliers, many of which you won’t find in any bottleshop.

The on-tap offerings feature exclusive craft beer Brisbane brewery selections, while the bottled delights contain a mix of Australian and overseas beers.

Why not head in for a fortnightly Sunday Session to enjoy a unique brew complemented by live music.

On-Tap:

  • Wayfarer American Wheat – Green Beacon Brewing Co.
  • Pale Ale - Black Hops Brewery
  • Ginger Beer - Diablo
  • India Pale Ale Sprocket - BentSpoke Brewing Co

By the Bottle or can Craft Beer Brisbane Brews & International Exotics:

  • The Mayne Thing Golden Ale – Newstead Brewing Co.
  • 3 Quarter Time Session Ale – Newstead Brewing Co.
  • American Amber Ale – 4 Pines Brewing Company
  • Alpha Crucis IPA – Holgate Brewhouse
  • Wild Yak Pacific Ale – Yak Ales
  • Caribbean Crusher - Black hops Brewery
  • Mosaic IPA - Akasha Brewing company
  • The Dawn Double Neipa - HOP Nation Brewing Co
  • Brut Calypso IPA - Slipstream Brewing Co
  • Flash Bang white IPA - Black Hops Brewery
  • The Whaler - Green Beacon Brewing Co
  • HIIPA Hemp Infused Double IPA - Aether Brewing
  • Salted Caramel Milkshake IPA (Great beer taste) - 3 Ravens
  • Jedi Juice - HOP Nation Brewing Co
  • 7 Bells- Green Beacon Brewing

*Subject to availability

Plus many more!

#3. The Flying Nun Café – Samford

For a great craft beer Brisbane north of the city venue head to Samford. While The Flying Nun is renowned for its impressive gourmet dishes it may surprise you to learn its selection of beer is just as refined.

The café’s range of special brews (subject to availability) are available after 10am, 7 days a week. Here’s a sneak peek. Bottoms up!

  • Fortitude Brewing Pacer Pale Ale
  • Burleigh Brewing Hassel Hop Session IPA
  • Feral Brewing ‘Hop Hog’ American IPA
  • Fortitude Brewing Drifter Endless Summer Ale
  • 4 Pines Indian Summer Ale
  • Hawkers Pale Ale
  • 4 Pines Stout
  • Burleigh Brewing Duke HELLES (mid Strength)
  • Young Henry's Natural Lager

Pressman’s Apple Cider, Hills Pear Cider and Brookvale Union Ginger Beer (alcoholic) are also available.

#4. Norths Leagues & Services Club – Kallangur

You'll also find a decent selection of new age brews and craft beer Brisbane North at the family-friendly Norths Leagues Club.

Watch all the sporting action live in the Spirit Sports Lounge or grab a table in Barrel N Vine or Char Restaurant to unwind with your family and friends. While enjoying all that Norths Leagues has to offer you’re sure to find a tipple to your liking.

On-Tap:

  • James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale – Malt Shovel Brewery
  • Fat Yak Original Pale Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Wild Yak Pacific Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Lazy Yak Australian Pale Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Pirate Life Throwback IPA - Pirate Life Brewing

By the Bottle:

  • Big Head No Carb Lager – Burleigh Brewing Co.
  • 28 California Pale Ale – Burleigh Brewing Co.
  • Twisted Palm Tropical Pale Ale – Burleigh Brewing Co.
  • 4 Pines Kolsh -4 Pines Brewing Company
  • 4 Pines Amber Ale -4 Pines Brewing Company
  • Stone & Wood Pacific Ale - Stone and Wood
  • Mountain Goat Steam Ale -Mountain Goat Brewery
  • Little Creatures Rogers Ale - Little Creatures
  • Fortitude Pace Light Ale - Fortitude Brewing Co.
  • Fortitude Summer -Fortitude Brewing Co.
  • Fortitude Pale -Fortitude Brewing Co.

By the Can:

  • 4 Pine Summer Ale - 4 Pines Brewing Company
  • Balter XPA - Balter Brewing
  • Newstead Pale Ale - Newstead Brewing Co.
  • Newstead Golden Ale - Newstead Brewing Co.
  • Green Beacon Pale Ale - Green Beacon Brewing Company
  • Pirate Life IPA - Pirate Life Brewing
  • Akasha Lager - Akasha Brewing Company
  • Akasha Pale Ale - Akasha Brewing Company

#5. Ocean View Estates - Mount Mee

Ocean View Estates is home to Ocean View Brewing Company proudly brewing craft beers that even the girls will love made by one of Australia’s only female head brewers.

You will love the smooth, rich, delicious flavours of these truly unique craft beers, from smooth chocolate flavours to a beautifully delicate gluten free hibiscus saison. Be sure to drop into the cellar door to purchase a 6 pack or you can enjoy with lunch at the Restaurant.

By the Bottle:

  • French Kiss - Ocean View Brewing Company
  • She's Gone Pale - Ocean View Brewing Company
  • My Bouquet - Ocean View Brewing Company

5 New Age & Craft Beer Brisbane North Honourable Mentions

#1. Sandstone Point Hotel – Sandstone Point

The picturesque dining, entertainment and events establishment situated by the waterside, overlooking Pumicestone Passage & Moreton Bay is another great spot to enjoy a schooner of amber nectar.

Sandstone Point Hotel serves a range of imported and Australian craft and new age beers. All ales are available on-tap, with a select few also available by the bottle:

  • Wild Yak Pacific Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Stone & Wood Pacific Ale – Stone & Wood Brewing Company
  • James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale – Malt Shovel Brewery
  • Goose IPA – Goose Island Beer Company

#2. Mon Komo Hotel – Redcliffe

The dining and entertainment venue of Mon Komo Hotel overlooks Moreton Bay and offers patrons both indoor and alfresco seating. Check out the gig guide to tee-up your visit with a special event.

You can find a few new age brews on tap at Mon Komo Hotel:

  • Eumundi Larger
  • James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale – Malt Shovel Brewery
  • James Squire Swindler Tropical Pale Ale – Malt Shovel Brewery
  • White Rabbit Dark Ale

#3. Moreton Bay Boat Club – Scarborough

You can relax on the deck overlooking the marina while digging into fresh seafood, steak or other Modern Australian dishes. Moreton Bay Boat Club offer a small new age beer selection available on tap:

  • Fat Yak Original Pale Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Wild Yak Pacific Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Lazy Yak Australian Pale Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company

#4. Redcliffe Dolphins Leagues Club – Redcliffe

Come into Redcliffe Leagues Club for a fabulous feed, Bingo, gaming, or to enjoy a daily show or special event. Serving a small range of craft beers, at the Redcliffe Leagues Club you can enjoy:

  • Fat Yak Original Pale Ale – Matilda Bay Brewing Company
  • Panhead Ale
  • James Squire 150 Lashes Pale Ale – Malt Shovel Brewery
  • Furphy Pale Ale

#5. Caboolture RSL – Caboolture

There’s always something going on at Caboolture RSL. You can enjoy live weekly entertainment, play Keno, place your TAB bets, or just enjoy a meal with your mates. The craft beer range available on tap consists of:

  • Twisted Palm - Burleigh Brewing

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