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posted on: Friday, 4 April 2014

Green stools at the Green Beacon

Newstead Brewing Co

Wood and wilderness at Tippler's Tap

Decision made: thoroughly enjoying the one item on the menu at Green Beacon

If you are wondering where the men of Brisbane are gathering every night of the week, let me enlighten you: man caves. But more than just dens of testosterone, there is a new breed of boutique breweries for  the  sophisticated gent about town. 

Green Beacon in Newstead is a new school brewery with a sleek bar running the length of the cavernous space. Head brewer Adrian learned his craft from an improbable source, his mother-in-law, who also happens to be one of the most revered brewers in the UK. In a nod to the shopping preferences of men, there is only one food option on the menu! 

Just around the corner is the Newstead Brewing Co. an old bus depot that has been converted into a sophisticated beer hall. They have six set beers, two seasonal beers and a cider all brewed in house. I love the Brisbane-inspired beer names: the 21'7 is a dark porter that references the flood levels in Newstead during the 1974 flood, while The Mayne Thing is a golden ale and a nod to the gold 'inheritance' underlying the controversial Mayne family legacy.  

Rounding out the Newstead triumvirate is Tippler's Tap a smaller space with wood seating and wilderness imagery on the wall. They have an extensive rotation of beers on tap and fittingly for a place owned by a Chicago-native, the menu heavily features American-style comfort food. I'm always tempted by a meal in a glass though, and you can't go past their double oatmeal chocolate stout!

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