Before craft and microbreweries popped up on every corner of the city, the combination of Brisbane and beer meant one thing: XXXX. The company's Milton brewery loomed large over the inner west, with tours providing a taste of their tipples, and the Alehouse combining yeasty beverages with tasty food.
Of course, the building hasn't moved (and taking a tour still features high on local booze-lovers' to-do lists), however the bar and restaurant at the end of the beer-coloured rainbow has recently had a facelift. Prepare to find a completely different Alehouse next time you want to sit back, relax and enjoy the freshest XXXX on tap.
Fans of drinking outdoors — i.e. everyone — can flock to the all-new beer garden, while anyone seeking something a little more intimate can hole up in the inside dining room. Thanks to Brisbane-based design firm Elm Interiors, the whole place has been decked out with a rustic meets industrial feel. Think classic feature pieces, plenty of greenery and a vibe that knows how to make you feel welcome.
Extended trading hours from Monday to Saturday means that there's now more chances to enjoy the all-day Alehouse experience — and their new menu, too. With pub staples such as beer-battered fish with hand-cut chips, grain-fed beef burgers, sirloin with bearnaise sauce and roasted salmon, perhaps beer won't be the only thing luring patrons to this iconic, 135-year-old brewery.
XXXX Brewery tours are $32 for adults and $18 children. Tours run Monday to Thursday (11am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5pm), Friday (11am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5pm) and Saturday (11am every ½ hour until 2pm, 3pm and 5pm). To book, head over here.