There's no shortage of bars marrying craft beer with American eats, but few do it as well as Brewski.
Brisbane's pizza superstars come in the legions. From West End's The Burrow to Bulimba's Sugo Mi, we're not short on Italian-grade crusts and toppings. And now, to the list of Brisbane's best pizzas, add Brewski. It may not have an Italian name, or offer stuffed crusts, but it truly deserves a spot on the noble lineup of Brisbane's most delicious. Situated on Caxton Street, between New York Slice (funnily enough) and Black Hide Steakhouse, Brewski is a bar that delivers in everything from craft beer to truly nostalgic beats to the crispest, most blistered pizzas in the Paddington area.
Firstly, let's talk food. The food cannot even mentioned without wild gushes for the pizza. It's the price, it's the range, it's the artisanal execution of each and every one that gets delivered to the table on a wooden serving board. Their topping options range from the basic and delicious, such as classic prosciutto ($10-$15) to a few that are a little fancier, such as the pulled pork, mushrooms, olives, red onion, smokey BBQ sauce and mozzarella combo that is the Will Ferrell ($18).
If you perchance see a grown man crying while on your visit to Brewski, the reason inevitably will be the third pizza from the bottom of the menu. You can't help feel a little dared by the Mad Man Chilli Spank XXX, but even Brewski give the warning, "it's bloody hot, no really". It's topped with hot salami, mushroom, olives, chilli, mozzarella and ultra death sauce, a name that leaves little to the imagination. This sauce is hot. Painfully so. It throws a heat that destroys any threshold, and should really be served with a pitcher of milk. Try it.
They've also got a killer selection of hearty, Seinfield-themed toasted sandwiches, and a succulent selection of sticky glazed free-range BBQ wings (check out the full menu here). Plus, if you're strapped for cash, they have great bargains for each day of the week: food is two for 1one on Mondays, all pizzas are $10 Tuesday, and grab a $10 wings and rings deal on Wednesday.
Don't come for a drink here without eating, and vice versa. The beer range contains of 120 bottles, with beer on tap constantly switching up between fresh, local, national and international brews. That got a keen taste for our local favourites Bacchus, Newstead Brewing and Green Beacon, as well as Little Creatures, Bridge Road, Holgate, Four Pines and a few imports from New Zealand and the States. Ask for a recommendation on what to sip on, and the friendly bar staff will lend a hand, with a little taste of each. Or if you're keen to do a little of your own research, check out their Facebook page to keep updated with the week's tap specials.
Brisbane has seen an influx of America-eats-meets-craft-beer bars in the last few years, but few surpass what Brewski has on show. The atmosphere is always vibrant, they brilliantly curate beers and food doesn't skimp on size or quality. Go with a friend or grab a group, because this might be the best reason you've had yet to head to Caxton Street and chow down.
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