Backstreet Christmas Day 9: Christmas Drinks

There’s always plenty of champagne and six packs in our family fridge for Christmas (and usually heaps left over for New Year’s celebrations) but here are some local tipples you might like to bring home to the family this year. Cheers! 

Aether Brewing 
35 Railway Tce, Milton
Aether Brewing has a wide variety of beers, all brewed onsite, from bitters to pale ale to stout. Check out their range on the website, or drop in and sample them for yourself. They also host functions and have a pretty good lookin’ food menu.

Newstead Brewing Co 
85 Doggett St, Newstead & 67 Castlemaine St, Milton
Beginning in an old 1940’s warehouse in Newstead (of course) which became their popular, industrial “spiritual home” on Doggett St, and with their production brewery and pub now open in Milton, Newstead has a name in Brisbane for really good beer. They keep their core range of six beers and one cider, and brew a seasonal lager and yeast driven seasonal beer twice per season, as well as one-off, small batch, limited release beers and collaborative brews. Use the product locator on their website to find the brews closest to you. 

Beenleigh Artisan Distillery
142 Distiller Rd, Eagleby
If you’re after something a bit harder for the Christmas season, Beenleigh Rum has been brewing for over 130 years, still use the original copper equipment for pot stilling, and still exclusively source their molasses from Australia’s only remaining family-owned sugar mill. Doesn’t get much more local than that! See their website for more information, to shop their collection, and also to sign up for their Rum Club to enjoy limited edition releases, exclusive tastings, and more. 

Green Beacon Brewing
26 Helen St, Teneriffe
All of Green Beacon’s Beers are brewed and packed in Brisbane, with no pasteurisation or preservatives. Green Beacon was also recognised as Champion Small Brewery at the 2017 Australian International Beer Awards, and Champion Medium Brewery at the 2016 Craft Beer Awards. Visit the website to shop or pop into their location in Teneriffe – they’re now open 7 days from 12pm until late.

Husk Distillers / Ink Gin
Someone said to me recently that ‘gin is the new craft beer’ and I have to agree – I’m seeing it more and more. Ink gin is one of the nicest locals I’ve tried (although I’m not much of a gin drinker and the colour definitely pulled me in!). The vivid purple of the spirit is derived from the butterfly pea plant (and changes colour when tonic water is added!) alongside 12 other botanicals including native plants inspired by bush tucker. Ink Gin was first released in 2015, after three years of experimentation, by distiller Paul Messenger of Husk Distillers which is nestled in the Tweed Valley on the family’s cattle and cane farm. The distillery is not currently open to the public, but you can definitely buy online.

Brouhaha Brewing
6/39 Coral Street, Maleny
Based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast, I’ve seen Brouhaha around a lately and enjoyed their brews (the Strawberry Rhubarb Sour made with Maleny natural yoghurt and stewed fruit is my personal favourite). Canned and kegged on site, you can find your nearest retailer online or take a day trip up to the beautiful Hinterland and grab it yourself.

Range Brewing
4 Byres St, Newstead
A small batch brewery and taproom in Newstead specialising in a rotating line-up of hoppy, dark, and sour beers. Striving to explore different flavours and styles, they have no core range but are constantly evolving – you can find their previous brews online. Pay them a visit (they also serve up sourdough pizzas if you want to stay for a pint) to see what’s currently brewing.

Ballistic Beer
53-55 McCarthy Rd, Salisbury & 1/208 Montague Rd, West End
In 2015, Ballistic’s founder began searching for a site for a new brewery, eventually settling in Salisbury and after a year of production, they expanded into their flagship Alehouse and Kitchen at West End. You can shop their beers online or pay them a visit in person.

Felons Brewing Co
5 Boundary St, Brisbane City
Within the newly opened Howard Smith Wharves development, Felons is brewing under the Story Bridge. Meet the beers on their website or pop in to their riverbank brewery to test out the merchandise.