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

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

77 Metroplex Avenue, Murarrie

Revel Brewing Co

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

41 Oxford Street, Bulimba
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Range Brewing

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

4 Byres Street, Newstead
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Catchment Brewing Co.

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

150 Boundary Street, West End
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Stone & Wood

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

99 Bridge Street, Fortitude Valley

All Inn Brewing Co

A convivial brewery bar with food trucks out front.

189 Elliott Road, Banyo

Green Beacon Brewing Co

A brewery bar that’s ideal for big groups.

26 Helen Street, Teneriffe
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Newstead Brewing Co

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

85 Doggett Street, Newstead

Newstead Brewing Milton

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

67 Castlemaine Street, Milton

Sea Legs Brewing Co

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

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

340 Melton Road, Northgate

Ballistic Beer Co

The suburban brewery everyone wants as their local.

53-55 McCarthy Road, Salisbury

Slipstream Brewing Company

A brewery from a former home-brewer.

Unit 2, 94 Wilkie Street, Yeerongpilly

Milton Common

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

35 Railway Terrace, Milton

Lost Palms

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