Scottish craft beer brewer BrewDog has opened its Australian home, launching a taproom and restaurant in Brisbane on Thursday 21 November.
In addition to offering the BrewDog Headliners and small-batch brews, DogTap Brisbane is pouring the best craft beer from across the Sunshine State, including Range Brewing, Currumbin Valley Brewing, Balter, Aether, Brouhaha and Black Hops through the bar’s dedicated guest taps. An all Aussie-line up will grace the wine list, with Australian distilleries a focus of the spirits offering and local-only soft drinks featuring too.
A classic menu of burgers, dogs, salads and buffalo wings is on offer alongside Brisbane-specific small and large plates made with locally-sourced and Aussie-grown produce: think Korean-style chicken wings, crispy pork cheeks, baby squid calamari and barramundi fritters. The weekend will see a brunch menu take centre-stage, featuring chicken & waffles, eggs benny and more.
While beers are already flowing at the venue, a new state-of-the-art brewery will kick off local production in January 2020, housing a fully automated four vessel 25HL brewing system that offers flexibility across beer styles and productions.. Dogtap Brisbane is BrewDog’s 94th bar globally but only its fourth tap room attached directly to one of its breweries.
The Murarrie location is situated on the banks of the Brisbane River, the tap room offers a mix of comfortable leather booths, communal high-top tables and a 485sqm outside patio featuring artwork from BrewDog’s resident artist, Fisher. A beer cellar made from a shipping container and an arcade area round out the space, with a full shop offering beverages for take-away or dine in and a selection of BrewDog merch.
“Brisbane’s craft brewing industry is booming, with an impressive line-up of innovative and dynamic brands producing phenomenal beers,” says BrewDog Co-founder James Watt. “We’re pumped to join the incredible community and work closely with these breweries to champion Queensland-made beer — whether that’s through events, collaborations, knowledge sharing or stocking their beers in our bars across the globe. DogTap Brisbane is one of our best and biggest bars yet and we can’t wait for locals to experience it.”
The Queensland Government has supported BrewDog’s expansion into Australia through its Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund, with Brisbane City Council also supporting the development through Brisbane Marketing.
DogTap Brisbane is the first phase in BrewDog’s expansion Down Under. Watt founded the independent brewery in 2007 together with Martin Dickie. The brand now exports to over 60 countries around the world.
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