Brisbane's independent brewing scene has exploded in recent years. It makes sense – with our balmy climate and few nearby grape-growing regions (relatively speaking), beer is usually a good choice. And it's even better when you drink it fresh, given that hoppy beers tend to lose their flavours and aromas over time.

At these spots, you can do just that. Apart from ultra-fresh beer, they typically have a relaxed warehouse vibe and pizzas or other beer-friendly food, making them great places to lose an entire afternoon.

Brewdog Dogtap

Bar

An enormous brewpub (both in scale and ambition) by the Scottish brewing giant.

77 Metroplex Avenue, Murarrie

Revel Brewing Co

Bar

Step in for wood-fired pizzas and 12 taps pouring an imaginatively named range of beers.

41 Oxford Street, Bulimba

Range Brewing

Restaurant

One of Brisbane's best craft brewers has transformed this old warehouse into a striking brewpub.

4 Byres Street, Newstead

Catchment Brewing Co.

Bar

Where the pig on your plate is reared on the same malt and hops in the beer.

150 Boundary Street, West End

Stone & Wood

Bar

The 150-seat, eight-hectolitre brewpub is the brand’s first taproom outside Byron Bay.

99 Bridge Street, Fortitude Valley

All Inn Brewing Co

Bar

A convivial brewery bar with food trucks out front.

189 Elliott Road, Banyo

Green Beacon Brewing Co

Bar

A brewery bar that’s ideal for big groups.

26 Helen Street, Teneriffe

Newstead Brewing Co

Bar

Twelve beer taps keep this warm, industrial space humming with a communal vibe.

85 Doggett Street, Newstead

Newstead Brewing Milton

Bar

A second, much-larger venue for one of Brisbane’s favourite breweries.

67 Castlemaine Street, Milton

Sea Legs Brewing Co

Restaurant

Take five engineering friends, an old boxing gym and a serious love of beer, and what do you get Sea Legs Brewing Co.

89 main street, kangaroo point

Aether HQ

Bar

This brewery has expanded to a huge brewing facility and taproom.

340 Melton Road, Northgate

Ballistic Beer Co

Bar

The suburban brewery everyone wants as their local.

53-55 McCarthy Road, Salisbury

Slipstream Brewing Company

Bar

A brewery from a former home-brewer.

Unit 2, 94 Wilkie Street, Yeerongpilly

Milton Common

Bar

A two-level brewery with collaboration beers, painting classes and an Asian-inspired food menu.

35 Railway Terrace, Milton

Lost Palms

Bar

This playful, pure-pink taproom, from a star Gold Coast brewery, has 11 taps pouring beer, hard seltzer, cider and beer cocktails, plus a menu of burgers and bar snacks.

671 Sherwood Road, Sherwood

Helios Brewing

Bar

An award-winning microbrewery in Yeerongpilly that runs entirely off solar power. Designed by three environmental engineers, it’s sustainable brews tap into Greek mythology. Sip on a Poseidon pale ale upstairs in the spacious timber-clad taproom knowing you’re doing your part for the environment.

15 Palomar Road, Yeerongpilly

Valley Hops Brewing

Bar

A Green Beacon veteran oversees 36 beer taps at this lush rooftop brewery. But that’s only half the story – the sizeable food offering involves woodfired pizza and beer-friendly snacks to pair with those ice-cold beers and city views.

641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

Parched

Bar

Open, airy and laid-back, this three-storey brewpub pours everything from Mexican-style lagers to experimental IPAs. Tacos, pizzas and beer-friendly snacks with a spicy kick round out the food offering.

391 Montague Road, West End