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Revel Brewing Co Rivermakers

Brisbane’s eastside has a new beer-drinking go-to — a second venue for this local brewery, complete with shady umbrellas, fairy lights, and karaage chicken and burgers on the menu.
By Sarah Ward
March 23, 2022
By Sarah Ward
March 23, 2022

Since 2017, Revel Brewing Co has been brewing and pouring yeasty beverages at the river end of Oxford Street in Bulimba, and drawing a crowd away from the suburban hustle and bustle of hotspot's main strip. But these beer fiends clearly have a theory: two eastside breweries are much better than just one.

Accordingly, since late 2021, Revel has also been operating at its second venue in Morningside — a sprawling spot in a century-old riverside factory in the fast-growing Rivermakers precinct. The company's new site was once the Commonwealth Acetate of Lime Factory, which dates back to the 1920s and was involved in making wartime ammunition. It even has a history linked to Revel's beverage of choice, with August de Bavay, who was commissioned by the Queensland Government to design and build the factory more than a century ago, a chemist, distiller and brewer. Now, the patch off Colmslie Road is home to a striking brewpub.

Brisbane beer lovers will find heritage-listed features aplenty — brick, cement and timber aplenty as well — as part of a precinct-within-a-precinct that Rivermakers has dubbed its Heritage Quarter. The old factory is also set to house Bavay Distillery, giving drinkers options when it comes to tipples. But if it's a few brews that you're after, including under umbrellas and fairy lights, then Revel is the place for it.

In addition to a beer range that spans an XPA, IPA, hazy IPA, pale ale and lager among its core range, the brewery's Rivermakers digs serve up a food menu filled with share options, burgers and hearty mains. Start with karaage chicken tenderloins, frickles or cauliflower wings — or tuck into antipasto platters for up to four — and then opt for a cheeseburger, a fish burg made with crumbed barramundi fillets or a plant-based burger. There's also grass-fed sirloin, pan-fried barra, nachos, and both traditional chicken schnitzels and parmigianas.

With its laidback outdoor space — grass beneath your feet included — Revel's second home also hosts regular events, including trivia on Thursday nights. Or, head along on a Sunday afternoon for live acoustic tunes from local musos, games and platter deals.

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