Green Beacon Brewing Co opened their doors on Australia Day – a very fitting date for a microbrewery located in the inner-city suburb of Teneriffe.
The SO and I discovered them quite by chance, searching the area for breakfast. A crowd of people holding coffee mugs and a coffee company umbrella down Helen Street mistakenly drew us to a breakfast dead-end (coffee at a java station, yes. Food? No.), but it turned out to be fate.
The building housing the Green Beacon Brewing Co is an old warehouse, a nod to the historical charm of the district that had once been a beacon of industry in the wool trade. The interior does not take away from that charm with its exposed industrial high ceiling, simple wide benches for a biergarten vibe and rows of silver brewing tanks behind the bar. In fact, once the sun goes down and the lights come on, Green Beacon Brewing Co seemed to generate a warm welcoming vibe.
While Green Beacon Brewing Co‘s beverage menu includes a small selection of wines and non-alcoholic beverages, one should really be visiting a microbrewery for its brews. Green Beacon Brewing Co had six ales on offer.
3 Bolt Pale (4.3% abv, 31 ibu) is the result of four specialty malts and features a citrus and pine needle nose with a clean finish. I found the bitterness a little too strong for me, but the SO liked it well enough.
Cross Knot Kolsch (4.4% abv, 24 ibu) uses a combination of specialty barley malts, wheat and a traditional top fermenting German yeast culture to produce a very clean and crisp easy-drinking ale.
Windjammer IPA (5.5% abv, 45 ibu) is the strongest ale in the house and also the most bitter. It’s said to be a dry hopped ale with bang-on bitterness with a spicy citrus aroma and long finish. Obviously I wasn’t even open to trying it for fear my face would be permanently screwed up from the bitterness.
Wayfarer Wheat (4.9% abv, 21.3 ibu) is a cloudy wheat beer that has hints of banana and cloves – characteristic of yeasts. Not my favorite, but probably more popular with those who prefer their ales to pack more punch.
Anchor Amber (4.1% abv, 25.3 ibu) is an amber ale with a rich copper hue and distinct malt. We sampled this and it’s quite an easy drinking ale. We liked it enough to fill our growler for the recent camping trip.
Penny Porter (5.2% abv, 32 ibu) uses five specialty malts to impart its characteristic deep black appearance. We saw a punter order this and it looked like a stout.
If you’d like to take some of the beers home, Green Beacon Brewing Co sells squealers and growlers – glass bottles of 1 litre and 1.89 litres respectively you can bring back and refill with your favorite brew. By our second visit (about 2 days later), they had sold out of both vessels and were awaiting a new shipment to restock. I have only seen these growlers offered in one other place in Brisbane and it’s a fantastically environmentally friendly way to enjoy beer.
We haven’t had a chance to sample their food menu, which include freshly shucked oysters, trawler fresh ocean king or tiger prawns, Queensland spanner crabs, Moreton Bay bugs and Queensland Red Claw. For those who are unlucky enough to be allergic to seafood, Green Beacon Brewing Co has a number of bar snacks, olives, cheeses, biltong and dips served with Chouquette artisan bread (something I note with much respect). I’m really hoping to get a chance to drop in again to give their food menu a crack.