Dave Ward and Jimmy Young used to work as fly-in, fly-out oil-and-gas engineers. But one night over drinks they envisioned Aether Brewing.
They bought a small pilot plant in Ashgrove (which they refer to as “The Lab”) and worked on creating and perfecting their brews. Now the two have Aether Brewing on Railway Terrace, a block across from the towering edifice of the iconic XXXX Brewery.
Aether’s two-storey premises consist of bars, a restaurant space, a fully operational brewing set-up, and around 100 square metres of event space. The interior is industrial, black and white, broken up by metal, copper and wooden features.
There are five house-brewed beers on tap, including the crowd-favourite, Oatmeal Porter (North Queensland vanilla beans are soaked in a rum blend for five months before the fermentation process starts), along with a few guest taps from other small breweries that Ward and Young are fond of.
The food menu revolves around tasting plates, wings, burgers, pizzas and salads. The biggest hit is the Korean fried chicken burger. If you’re looking at a beer and ask what’s best with it, the staff will be able to point you in the right direction.