I really like to eat and drink and unfortunately Queensland isn’t really known for its gourmet food and alcohol products, they do exist, they just aren’t well known or as predominant as other states. So to satisfy my cravings I did some research into breweries and wineries in Queensland that I might be able to visit and Townsville Brewery came up as the only boutique brewery in Far North Queensland.
The brewery is located on Flinders St, Townsville CBD. The building was originally a postal and telephone office, the military communications headquarters during World War 2 and then back to a post office before being redeveloped into a brewery, restaurant, bar and function centre.
I knew that they brewed on site so I was completely unprepared for the dark and opulent feel of the venue as I walked in. The inside was all high ceilings with simple chandeliers gracing the roof, heavy wooden tables with intricate designs carved into them and bar tables made from old barrels. There were dark leather couches scattered around the space, a ceiling to floor wooden bookcase, a simple and understated fireplace and a gold gilded mirror, I was in love.
The bar staff were lovely and yes they do have tasting paddles, my favourite. For $12 I was able to sample their 7 beers on tap that are made onsite.
- Townsville Bitter Premium Light
- Townsville Bitter Premium
- Bandito Loco, Mexican Lager
- Belgian Blonde, Wit Beer
- Digger’s Golden Ale
- Ned’s Red, Red Ale
- Flanagan’s Dry Irish Stout
My favourite, the Belgium Blonde. “A naturally cloudy ale brewed with pilsner malt, unmalted wheat, malted wheat and flavoured with coriander and ginger. It is bittered with Saaz hops and fermented using a Belgium yeast strain resulting in light-bodied refreshing beer with a slightly fruity and complete aroma.”
They also had a lunch special going with a chicken BLT and a schooner for $10, bargain. All in all a great place, great beer and great service.