They say three's a crowd, but we couldn't be more excited to welcome Hops Scotch and Beans, the third establishment from the Brew Group, to the Brisbane brunching and boozing scene. Following in the footsteps of Brew and Little Brew, the new kids on the block at Petrie Terrace sure know how to please a crowd.
Like their siblings, Hops Scotch and Beans seems to be a jack-of-all-trades kind of place. Channelling effortless cool with black painted brick walls, outdoor seating shaded by umbrellas and potted plants adorning each table, Hops Scotch and Beans had us at hello.
Claiming a title as kitchen, coffee and bar might seem like a grandiose task, but it is one that Hops Scotch and Beans seem to master as they brew delicious Louie Louie coffee (roasted on site), serve an all-day grazing menu and pull some great local hops from the taps.
The brunch menu is hard to fault, with a near-perfect combination of sweet and savoury, and breakfasty and lunchy, options available. The menu reads from a breakfast roll on brioche ($13.50) to mandarin Bircher with pineapple curd ($12.50), to crispy skin salmon with kale chips ($17) — you're excused for salivating. No matter what side of 'brunch' you fall on, rest assured you will not leave hungry. Or thirsty for that matter. Delicious coffee (cold press included) and fresh squeezed juices are available all day.
From 3pm on Thursday to Sunday the brunching crowd gets a bit rowdy as the Petrie Terrace address stays open a little later. Local hops from Newstead Brewery, Burleigh Brewing and Stone & Wood are on tap and served ice cold with city views. Cocktails are available on request, alongside bottled beer and cider and a decent wine list. Charcuterie boards, cheese plates ($28) and some darn good pulled pork sliders with house fries (which are cheesy truffle shoestrings, of course; $16.50) are served for sharing alongside the tipples.