When Felons Brewing Co opened at Howard Smith Wharves, it gave Brisbane a brand new hangout spot with plenty of beer to drink. The brewery was the first of the precinct's bars and restaurants to welcome customers. It's also marked the city's first riverside brewery — and plenty of people have been sinking hoppy beverages with one mighty fine view of the water, the Story Bridge, Kangaroo Point and the CBD ever since.
Felons serves up brews made on the premises, with an Australian pale ale, crisp lager, middy and IPA always on tap — and a sparkling cider, too. A rotating array of other beers are also on offer, as well as a wine list; however, Felons' other big highlight is its food. Think shucked oysters, prawns rolls, hot burgers and woodfired pizzas, as well as mains that range from coral trout to crumbed veal and chicken parmigiana a 350-gram rib eye. From the dessert selection, the thin and crispy apple tart is a standout — and so is the sticky date pudding with butterscotch and vanilla bean gelato.
Making one of HSW's heritage-listed sheds its home, Felons wants everyone to know that it's there — so much so that you can spot its name on the brewery's roof from afar. The black-lettered sign is designed to be a landmark that can be seen from the air, and measures 47 metres long and five metres tall. It's also a nod to the site's past, with the wharves' old warehouses decked out the same way back in the day. When HSW's other two sheds open, they'll do the same thing.
Updated August 25, 2021.