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A Rail Day Out in Brisbane Brewery Tour

Explore Brisbane with a short brewery tour.

Our Rail Day Out in Brisbane Brewery Tour takes you to two of Brisbane’s outer breweries (and two bars) with a short stop in the centre.

This is a tour that is only possible on a Friday and Saturday as the two outer breweries only open their bars on these days.

The tour starts in the outer Brisbane suburb of Banyo, which is a 25 minute train ride north from Central station, although the best station is Nudgee.  From this station, it’s a five minute walk north along the pedestrian path at the edge of the parkland into Elliott Road.

All Inn Brewing Co

DSC_3360v2The industrial unit that houses the All Inn Brewing Co has a fenced outdoor seating area and the crowd will ensure you don’t miss it.

A warm welcome awaits in the homespun bar area with 8 taps offering up the range of beers named after girls, with labels featuring 1950s era styling. A Nitro tap delivers a creamier version of one of the range.

Food arrives on wheels via a mobile food van, and if you visit on a Friday evening there is a free sausage sizzle.

Retrace your steps to the station and take the train back to South Brisbane station.

James Squire Brew Bar at The Charming Squire

It’s a short walk to the huge The Charming Squire which is the latest, and sixth, in the chain of James Squire Brew Bars, and is the largest to date. Finding a seat shouldn’t be a problem in this massive bar and restaurant, with an added mezzanine and outdoor seating.

DSC_3312v2On tap are all nine of the James Squire beers brewed at the main brewery in Sydney together with a couple of beers brewed on site in the small brewery which is immediately visible high above you as you enter the bar area.

The menu features locally sourced produce including items from the owners nearby speciality farm.

Whilst in this part of town, you can try out two of the cities key craft beer bars. Firstly the Tomahawk Bar, also on Grey Street, which is sister to Tipplers Tap in Newstead and offers the same high quality range of craft beer. It’s simple layout makes it easy to choose from the 13 taps with plenty of seating space outside to watch the passing crowds. Whilst the food menu may be small, it’s hard not to try the wonderful popcorn chicken.

And/or the Hoo Ha Bar nearby on Tribune Street. The single room bar offers four taps, a large range of bottled beer together with locally sourced food and independent coffee. The lunchtime braised beef-cheek sandwich is particularly good.

Back to South Brisbane station for the 55 minute ride to Cleveland station. You may want to ensure you’ll used the facilities in the bars before you head back on the train, as not all of Queensland Rail’s trains have toilets.

Red Bay Brewery

After the long train ride it’s only a 5 minute walk to the Red Bay Brewery along Shore Street West.

DSC_3353v2The large industrial unit space operates as a brewery and location where you can brew your own on-premises. The small bar offers tastings of the Red Bay beers through 8 taps in the middle of all the brewing equipment.

Amongst the extensive range of beers there are always a few unusual offerings including beer using tea, and alcoholic lemonades.

Retracing your steps to the station, the train will have you back in the centre of the city in an hour, but remember about the probable lack of train toilets.

Opening times:

All Inn Brewing: Fri 12am to 9pm, Sat 1pm to 7pm
Hoo Ha Bar: Tue to Fri 7am to late, Sat 8am to late, Sun 3pm to late
Tomahawk Bar: Tue/Wed/Sun 11am to 10pm, Thur 11am to 11pm, Fri/Sat 11am to 12pm
The Charming Squire: Mon to Sun 10am to late
Red Bay Brewery: Fri 4.30pm to 8pm, Sat 3pm to 7pm