There are 14 taps at the new Tippler’s Tap in Fortitude Valley, and all 14 pour beer brewed in south-east Queensland. The furthest comes from Granite Belt Cider Co in Warwick, the closest from Green Beacon less than a kilometre away.

“You get the beer as fresh as possible when it hasn’t travelled long distances,” says Tippler’s general manager Jimmy Hillsdon. “The consumer is having the beer at the best possible quality.”

This commitment to supporting local business has made Tippler’s Tap a favourite in South Brisbane, and before that in Newstead until the original bar closed in late 2015.

Now Tippler’s has returned to the north side after co-owners Grant Williams and Justin Scutt took over the old Freddie’s Taphouse & Kitchen site on James Street. The new operation quietly opened on the first of the month and Hillsdon says the Newstead regulars are already starting to return.

“It’s been awesome to see familiar faces wander through the James Street site,” Hillsdon says. “Most of them are saying, ‘I’m happy you’re back, I used to go to you when you were in Newstead.’”

A few things are different about the James Street venue. There’s now a range of cocktails, as well as a new breakfast menu that includes Single O coffee and Chicago-style dishes – think chicken and waffles with poached egg and maple syrup.

The Illinois eats continue into lunch and dinner. There’s deep-dish pizza, which is a combination of mozzarella, sausage and Napoli sauce encased in a biscuit-like dough. There are also burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches and sliders, as well as a number of vegan options.

At night, the new space is dark and moody with lots of wood features and a mural on the back wall. During the day, open street frontage allows plenty of light to stream into the space, perfect for the breakfast trade.

The “local where possible” ethos expands to the curated wine list, as well as the list of spirits, which includes Brisbane-produced gin Art of Booze.

“This couldn’t have been done a few years ago,” Hillsdon says. “But now that we have a burgeoning craft beer scene in south-east Queensland, we [can].”

Tippler’s Tap Fortitude Valley
70 James Street, Fortitude Valley
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Sun to Thu 7am–10pm
Fri & Sat 7am–12pm