After opening 90 bars over the past eight years, bringing its worldwide footprint to 94, Scottish brewery BrewDog has finally set up shop in Australia. And, sprawled across a hefty parcel of land by the banks of the Brisbane River, it has arrived with a splash. That said, while a brand-new jetty has just been built right next to the company’s Murarrie site — which has been dubbed DogTap Brisbane — don’t go planning on pairing your brew with a dip in the ol’ Brown Snake.
Still, Calvin McDonald, BrewDog’s operations manager for Australia, isn’t ruling out making the most of DogTap’s impressive location. “There aren’t many bars in the world that are totally accessible by jet ski,” he notes, without giving away what fun activities the company might have in store down the line.
BrewDog are renowned for engaging beer-lovers in many inventive ways over the years, including launching a craft beer hotel in the US, brewing up a Subwoofer IPA for pooches and taking to the skies in the world’s first craft beer airline.
The Brisbane brewery opened last week and, acting as the brand’s Australian base, the brewery will pump out beer that’ll get shipped around the country. It’ll also have a huge taproom with food and plenty of opportunities to learn more about craft beer. There’ll be tours of the facility, once the fully automated four-vessel 25-hectolitre brewing system and accompanying canning line is completely up and running in January, while eager drinkers can also enrol in Beer School — aka two-hour guided tasting sessions where one of BrewDog’s Cicerone-certified staff will talk you through the BrewDog and craft beer basics.
BrewDog’s $30-million street art-covered Brisbane site is situated at the end of a Murarrie industrial estate but making the journey to sip freshly poured cold ones on a 485-square-metre riverside patio provides good motivation to go. The sizeable outdoor area comes with views towards Hamilton and the Gateway Bridge, as well as ample seating. There’s also a selection of games, such as giant Jenga, giant chess and giant Connect Four. And, both the public and staff car parks are licensed too, so beer festivals and other events could be in DogTap’s future.
If you’re coming by for the beer, BrewDog’s headliners (including its famed Punk IPA) sit alongside a heap of small-batch brews. Nodding to the growing local craft beer scene, one of the reasons that BrewDog chose Brisbane as its Aussie base, is a rotating range of guest tipples from other Queensland breweries, such as Range Brewing, Currumbin Valley Brewing, Balter, Aether, Brouhaha and Black Hops. All-Australian wines, an Aussie-heavy spirits list and local soft drinks are also on offer, should you want something other than beer.