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The Brew Baron Beer Co

West End's Parched Brewing has relaunched under new owners, complete with a revamped food menu and new pool room.
By Sarah Ward
September 05, 2023
By Sarah Ward
September 05, 2023

A new name has joined Brisbane's ever-growing craft beer scene, but The Brew Baron Beer Co isn't exactly a new brewery. Instead, it's a fresh guise for West End's Parched Brewing. This is a case of new owners, new moniker and new fictional character to base the brand around, but the same brews and space on Montague Road.

Brad Sayer, Rita Ferraro and Gibran Ferraro Firmo purchased Parched in June 2023, then set about giving it a revamp. That's where the changed title from September 2023 onwards comes in for this husband, wife and stepson trio, as well as the baron figure. Sayer and Ferraro have overseen the fresh direction — including new additions to the brewery's home — while Gibran has deployed his skills as a chef to spearhead a food menu makeover.

First, the space: if you're keen on whiling away an evening with a cue in your hand, you'll want to head straight to the pool room. On the way is a brand-new deck, too, for cruisy drinking sessions. And if you're eager to watch sports as you knock back a few cold ones, big-screen TVs have joined the site, while leather chesterfield couches will be in place by the time that September is out.

Live music is also making a comeback at The Brew Baron Beer Co, echoing from the Brew Stage from 2–5pm every second Sunday. Prefer trivia over a tipple instead? That's now a Thursday-night staple from 6.30pm, and is free to enter.

As for the food, Gibran has taken inspiration from his South American heritage, which comes through in both flavours and dishes among a heap of pub classics. Think: pork tacos with chipotle mayo and chilli con carne nachos, for starters. The menu also includes karaage chicken tacos, tempura prawns, five types of burger, seven styles of pizza, fish 'n' chips, and both schnitzels and parmigianas. Or, there's the birramisu pie, which pairs ten-hour braised beef cheek with peas and mashed potato.

Drinks-wise, The Brew Baron Beer Co's sips include pale ale, lager, IPA and a hazy IPA, plus a peach and raspberry sour. Matt Wolfe remains as Head Brewer, with developing new brews part of his remit.

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