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Meet the unbeerlievable new Burleigh watering hole

Burleigh Barrels Brewery, exterior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Burleigh Barrels Brewery, exterior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

If there’s one trend that we never want to end (besides the mum jean and the margarita), it’s the influx of breweries here on the Gold Coast. Our excitement doesn’t wane one iota when another ‘hops’ on the bandwagon, and this southern Gold Coast superstar (which lay dormant for over two years, but more on that later…) embodies why we’re bonkers for a brewery. Set in the postcode we know always delivers the cool, Burleigh Barrels Brewery, Distillery & Smokehouse is THE place to sink a ‘starch smoothie’, trading out the smoothie part for malt, hops and yeast (aka beer).

But don’t be fooled, it’s not just for the amber ale drinkers as the eats, carefully crafted wine list and cracking cocktails are shut-up-good…as is the fit-out. With a brewtiful chilled coastal beach meets industrial brewery ambience, this reimagined former tavern gives the right amount of ‘just came off the beach’ feels. And of course there is Burleigh coolness from pillar to post and we would expect nothing less from a watering hole in the 4220 postcode.

Beer Paddle, Burleigh Barrels Brewery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Beer Paddle, Burleigh Barrels Brewery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

For beer loving mates Pat McCarthy and Peter Trimble, it all started during a European mate-cation and don’t all the best stories start like this?!  After visiting some Trappist breweries, staying in the odd beer-producing castle and sampling many of the secretively made local brews, they knew what they had to do. Back in Oz, they excitedly took the plunge and signed a lease…exactly three months prior to the pandemic. But, these eternal ‘hoptomists’ clung to their dream for 2 years, still paying rent and omg is this not the ultimate commitment to the cause. Fast forward to now and whoomp here it is; a coastal-cool brewery well worth the wait.

Featuring indoor seating, a private dining and function room, outdoor undercover dining (emphasis on the ‘undercover’ part right now and seriously, does anyone remember that big yellow thing in the sky?), a fully functioning brewery and a soon to be installed distillery. It’s proudly the only brewery/distillery on the Gold Coast which is fully licensed with a full-service kitchen (bravo!) cooking up a plethora of feeds infused with locally sourced ingredients. There is a core range of six beers brewed on the premises (under the careful eye of Head Brewer Chris), six rotating guest taps from other local breweries, wines by the bottle and glass (we’ll go the bottle thanks), and an extensive cocktail list. So much yes!

BBQ Wings, Burleigh Barrels Brewery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
BBQ Wings, Burleigh Barrels Brewery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

If you’re hungry (duh), Head Chef Meyjitte Boughnot has your back and your belly. The signature Beef Brisket with 200g of eight-hour slow cooked beef brisket and South Carolina Sauce will blow your mind….and your calorie intake but #worth it. Or perhaps the Truffle Burger with 200g grass-fed Angus Beef patty, truffle mayo, onion marmalade and roasted field mushrooms is more your jam? Maybe you’re channelling a snack and does anything satisfy more than a Bug Roll and we all know the answer to this. With crispy tempura-battered Moreton Bay Bug tail, lettuce, shredded tropical paw paw and chipotle mayo, we’ll take five thanks. And no, we’re not joking. Or, opt for something from the ribs, wings, salads, or authentic sourdough pizza selections. While we’re on the topic of pizza, do yourself a favour and grab a Nutella and Banana Pizza for dessert, smothered with Nutella and covered with fresh bananas and brown sugar, roasted until crisp and gooey and served with a side of vanilla ice cream.

But food shmood – let’s talk booze, starting with their beers and the Hill Vibes Session Lager (3.3% ABV) is a, well, vibe. A modern take on a traditional Munich Helles Lager, it’s enhanced with the addition of honey malt and the use of the noble hop; hallertrau mittelfruh, creating a palette-pleasing full-flavoured, mid-strength lush lager. Meanwhile, moving on to cocktails, and whaddya know – the most popular choice is the one and only Chilli Margarita. Coz Chilli.And.Margarita.

Burleigh Barrels Brewery, interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Burleigh Barrels Brewery, interior (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

So ‘hop’ to it folks and eat, sleep, beer (and wine and cocktail…), repeat at Burleigh Barrels Brewery, Distillery & Smokehouse… the ‘pitcher’ perfect location for your next cruisy catch-up. 

Where: 3-4/105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads
When: 11.30am – 11pm Wednesday, 11.30am – 12am Thursday – Saturday, 11.30am – 10pm Sunday

Words by Bianca Trathen.


Pizzas, Burgers & Drinks, Burleigh Barrels Brewery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)
Pizzas, Burgers & Drinks, Burleigh Barrels Brewery (Image: © 2022 Inside Gold Coast)

11 spots to grab a beer on the Gold Coast

Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)

How good is an icy cold beer on a balmy afternoon? Heck, or any afternoon for that matter. Especially right here on the Gold Coast, where not only are we blessed with copious amounts of year-round sunshine, but an increasing array of talented breweries and equally impressive spots to take a load off and enjoy their hard work.

Although the possibilities for lavishing yourself with a great beer are endless, here’s our whittled down top 11 spots (listed north to south) to grab a brew on any (post-lockdown) afternoon you please! Cheers to that.

Fortitude Brewing Company
Fortitude Brewing Company is special because they brew under not one but two names. Fortitude for the dependable beers you enjoy with mates and Noisy Minor for the loud beers we all love now and again. Due to brewing excellent beers, it’s Tamborine Mountain’s best spot for a Sunday sesh. Enjoy hot gourmet pizzas and one of their 14 icy-cold beers while you listen to the live band on the patio.
Beer to sip: Fortitude Pacer — the perfect session pale ale.
Where: 165 Long Rd, North Tamborine

BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
BOBs Beer (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

BOB’s Beer
The newest beer stop of the bunch is BOB’s Beer. This highly anticipated first microbrewery in Surfers Paradise opened with an impressive range of beers on tap and an incredible menu filled with bites you might not expect. Positioned on a corner block means there’s also plenty of window seating for watching the world go by outside. Talented (former) Melbourne brewer Ryan Fullerton and his team have created inhouse a lager, IPA, XPA and a Saison among six others, all available on tap (plus six guest taps from around Australia and NZ).
Beer to sip: Turmenator, a brut IPA that’s dry, spicy and tropical with hints of fresh tumeric root and saffron.
Where: 10/2 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

House of Brews
The name says it all. House of Brews has a whopping 32 beers on tap! In fact, they have so many kegs, they’ve even got a ‘keg room display’. If you aren’t a beer lover (sacrilege), there’s every chance if you still head to House of Brews, they’ll make a beer lover out of you. The food menu is inspired by traditional American BBQ so grab yourself some sticky ribs and maybe an Onion Ring Volcano tower. You’ll be one ever so happy afternoon beer drinker.
Beer to sip: Huge selection! Try something — left of centre — from North America if you can.
Where: 17 Orchid Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Bine Bar & Dining beer (image supplied)
Bine Bar & Dining beer (image supplied)

Bine Bar & Dining
The Gold Coast’s first craft beer bar, Bine, is adored by locals and packed to the brim every single weekend (and often throughout the week). Serving over 100 bottled beers and with eight rotating taps, the folks at Bine know their brews. Not to mention there are food specials daily, including regular 50 cent chicken wings specials every weekday evening! Wash those down with a beer or two, and that’s an excellent way to pass some time by anyone’s standard.
Beer to sip: Something local like Currumbin Valley Brewery.
Where: 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Nobby Beach

Lost Palms Brewing Co.
The baby of the Gold Coast’s brewery bunch, Lost Palms joined us just four years ago, all bright pink and pretty and with a unique selection of very delicious beers on offer. Currently, you’ll find a Hibiscus and Guava sour and American style mango and passionfruit wheat ale. And if you feel like something a little different and looking after the rig, they’ve even knocked up a peach seltzer brewed from grain and coming in at a marginal 80 calories a serving — that’s just a 25-minute stroll on the treadmill, by the way. They also have a small share-style menu and a basketball hoop so you can both feast and play while you sip.
Beer to sip: Lost Palms Hibiscus & Guava Sour — a sour tropical lolly in a glass.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami

Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Precinct Brewing Co. entrance (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Precinct Brewing
Bursting onto the Miami arts precinct scene with a rapacious welcome, Precinct Brewing has quickly made itself a solid status as a place to grab a freshly made beer, pull up a stool and forget all of life’s woes. They make matters much more bearable with the tastiest of pizzas, stand-up comedy, and some captivating, limited releases like their recent Lime & Chilli Lager and Manuka Smoked Pilsner — yummy!
Beer to sip: Check out their weekly Friday releases for exclusive flavours!
Where: 17 Christine Avenue, Miami

If robust and deep flavoured ales get your heart rate rising, you have to try out Black Hops newest foray into brewing beer. Located a hop, skip and jump away from Black Hops HQ, this new — hidden in plain sight — stylish bar will take your tastebuds on an odyssey with imaginative barrel-aged beers. Ex gin, wine, and whisky barrels from worldwide have been sourced to help produce the Gold Coast’s most inventive brews with some serious ABVS to match. Not for the faint of heart, but nevertheless some seriously great drinking to be had.
Beer to sip: AWOL Rebellion Stout — imperial stout aged in used Tasmanian whisky barrels: delish.
Where: 4 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads

Black Hops beer (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Hops beer (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Black Hops Brewing
What do you get when you mix three mates, a passion for beer and a little know-how? Damn good beer. That’s the story behind Black Hops who have three brewery/taproom sites across Burleigh Heads, Biggera Waters and Brisbane. The boys have worked super hard to build a solid reputation for themselves not just here on the Gold Coast but nationally with multiple awards and trade recognitions. Their original easy-going taproom tucked away in Burleigh Heads is the perfect watering hole when the mercury starts to rise.
Beer to sip: Black Hops Send It Session Ale — light, fruity, and not too strong.
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 14 665 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters

Burleigh Brewing Co.
One of the unprecedented and best brewers on the Coast, husband and wife team Brennan and Peta Fielding opened Burleigh Brewing Co. to rave reviews, and it’s been onwards and upwards ever since. The brewery is spacious with lots of outdoor seating and always filled with revellers having an absolute time. When they’re not throwing big events, be sure to slip in for an exceptional selection of craft beers, all of which we’re big fans of.
Beer to sip: Burleigh Brewing Burleigh Bighead — No carb, no-fuss big flavoured thirst quencher.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Balter Brewing Company (image supplied)
Balter Brewing Company (image supplied)

Balter Brewing Company
When a gang of pro surfers came together and created an award-winning brewery, Australia sat up and paid attention. And although the original owners may have parted ways with their baby, the beer is still on point, and it’s still the perfect spot to enjoy a few brews with the crew. There’s a sweet outdoor area where the kiddies can run about and weekly food trucks with live music in the evenings. Too hard not to love this spot: plenty of tasty frothies to sample.
Beer to sip: Balter XPA — Balter’s most awarded beer can be yours fresh from the production line.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin Waters

Craft House Bar & Restaurant
Craft House has the Tugun beer-drinking scene covered with 20 Australian craft beers on tap at any given time. When one tap runs dry, they swap it out for a completely different kind, meaning you can go there often and experience something new. And if you feel like trying as many as possible, you must do one of their tasting paddles. Not to mention their food menu is pretty all-time with share plates aplenty, meaning you might nip in for a quick one but end up staying a little longer.
Beer to sip: Lots of choices — try something you’ve never had before.
Where: 445 Golden Four Drive, Tugun

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Craft House Restaurant & Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)
Craft House Restaurant & Bar (Image: © 2018 Inside Gold Coast)

Buy booze direct from these Gold Coast breweries and distilleries

Right, so we’re in isolation, chatting to our friends via video, baking copious amounts of banana bread and trying not to be bored but alas, being bored. Enter alcohol, a necessary addition to group chats (cheersing the screen is a good time) and the perfect companion to a bit of midday baking. What would we do without it?

You know what the best kind of alcohol is? Gold Coast alcohol. Made by local legends who are crafting the absolute goods when it comes to a tasty drop.

Since we’re all about supporting local and we know you are too, we comprised a list of local breweries and distilleries from whom you can purchase your iso alcohol direct, cutting out the middle man and giving them all a helping hand in this ridiculous time.

Here they are, get drinking (in moderation obvs).

Black Hops
The lads at Black Hops have two breweries on the Gold Coast, one in Burleigh Heads and one at Biggera Waters and both slinging takeaway cans for your sipping pleasure. They’ve got quite the array of beers available including Pink Mist (our fave) and the recently re-released Beach House. Not matter your preference, they’ve got you covered.
Where: 5 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters

Balter Brewing
As you’d expect the Balter boys are on the bandwagon serving up their beloved brews in the form of cans (of course) but also as long necks in singles or three packs. Which is a truly Aussie thing to do. All your Balter favourites are on offer and they can all be delivered should you not want/be able to get to the brewery. We’re big fans of all Balter’s beers and particularly love their branding. Buy yourself a long neck or three and check out what they’ve done with the paper bag. Too good.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin

Burleigh Brewing
The legends at Burleigh Brewing are makers of really, very excellent beer in a variety of flavours that we love equally. Big Head in particular is carb free, which is very handy at a time when we eat a lot and don’t get out much. You know what the greatest thing about Burleigh Brewing is right now though? They’re delivering across the Coast. Simply order online and get your goods dropped right at your door. Perfection.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Mt Tamborine Distillery
Need some fancy, delicious liqueurs to sip on while you’re doing all that indoor stuff? Same. Mt Tamborine Distillery has you covered with their very extensive range. Jaffa, Choc Mint, Choc Chilli perhaps? They’ve also got a life changing Limoncello and spirits too, so pretty much everything you could possibly need. Add some of their new hand sanitiser to the mix and that’s you covered for the next week or so. Grab some from the tasting room if you live up that way or get it shipped directly to you.
Where: 10 Macdonnell Road, Tamborine North

Lost Palms Brewing
The pretty pink brewery has created a little takeaway window on site and from it they are selling all of their epic brews including the recently released Peach Hard Seltzer which we can tell you (from Hottest 100 day experience) is a taste sensation. It’s also low in calories, carbs and sugar making it pretty much good for you and our new fave thing. They also have many other delicious types that you should sample ASAP.
Where: 11 Oak Ave, Miami 

Granddad Jacks
The Miami crew are selling their delicious, delicious gin out of the distillery on Lemana Lane and there are a few to choose from in varying degrees of strength. There’s Two Pencils (our fave), 65 Miles (navy strength, fun) and Greenhouse, a botanical treat. They’ve also created their very own hand sanitiser because they’re clever like that, so you can pick up all the necessities in one go. Love.
Where: 45 Lemana Lane, Miami

Fortitude Brewing
Up at Tamborine Mountain, Fortitude Brewing are still making their tasty tipples for your sampling pleasure. They’ve got many a type of beer to choose from including your regular Pale Ale and Lager faves plus their very own ginger beer, which is one of the best around. If you’re up that way, pop through their new makeshift drive-thru and grab yourself a couple to take home and enjoy. Always a pleasure at Fortitude Brewing.
Where: 165 Long Road, Mount Tamborine 

Happy sipping friends.

Words by Kirra Smith

Your Gold Coast brewery checklist

Black Hops ||

The craft beer scene has exploded on the Gold Coast of late and, hooray, local breweries have been popping up all over the place. Not to mention Friday August 7th is International Beer Day, so that’s the perfect way to ring in the weekend.

In honour of that and epic local brews, here are the top ten breweries you should make a date with RIGHT NOW.

Burleigh Brewing Co.
Balance, character and soul, the Burleigh Brewing Co. ethos says it all. They’ve won plenty of gold medals at the World Beer Championships (which sounds like the most fun night of all time) and we can confirm they know what’s up when it comes to creating exceptional brews. At the moment, the team are just doing takeaways to help support the local venues pouring their beers, but never fear, there are many across the Coast doing that you can pop into. It’s clear to see why Burleigh Brewing Co. are extremely loved by locals and visitors alike.
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

Black Hops Brewing
It’s all about three guys perfecting the art of craft beer and sharing all their secrets along the way. Black Hops quickly became a local favourite and have recently released one of the best Pale Ale’s on the market. Head in to grab some takeaways or perch at the bar for a chat, it’s all good. Their spacious northern venue opened a little while ago so they could brew even more delicious goods, there are food trucks up there on weekends AND you can take a tour of the brewery. So fun.
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters

Balter Brewing Company
Who knew a beer tin could look so good? The name Balter means the sense of enjoyment you get from doing something you love, whether you’re good at it or not…perfect. Balter HQ is a brewery with an open door policy. You can tour the facility, taste the beers and enjoy special events, great music and food vans. There’s an outdoor area complete with umbrellas and fairy lights and it’s pretty much all our favourite things in one spot. We’re big fans of Captain Sensible, can’t relate but man is it tasty.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin

Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Fortitude Brewing Co. (image supplied)

Fortitude Brewing Company
Brewed onsite in the Gold Coast hinterland, Fortitude Brewing is one of Australia’s most-loved breweries and home to our first beer sommelier, Ian Watson. The team certainly have the art of beer making down pat with over 15 beers on their roster! Make a day of your visit to the mountain and enjoy a tasting paddle or two with a spot of lunch. You’ll love them so much you’ll want to take a few home with you too. Get a free beer here.
Where: 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights

Aardvark & Arrow Brewery
A microbrewery on the Coast set to change the way you think about small batch brewing. Aardvark & Arrow supply chemical and preservative free beer and cider in a relaxing atmosphere that will leave you wanting to return sooner rather than later. There’s plenty of variety so head down and visit the team for a boutique beer experience with a difference.
Where: 13 John Duncan Court, Varsity Lakes

Pickled Pig Brewery
Technically this one’s in NSW but it’s definitely worth a mention. The family owned and operated, independent brewery offers premium handcrafted beer, chemical and preservative free at a great price (they even let you fill your own bottles)! Make sure you try their famous alcoholic ginger beer, it’s way too good. Brewery tours and tastings also available.
Where: 1/2 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South

Lost Palms (image supplied)

Lost Palms Brewing
The Miami good time venue with the explosive pink paint job is probably about to become your new favourite place thanks to the boys at Lost Palms. They’ve got a sweet outdoor area to pull up a seat complete with a basketball hoop and rotating food trucks to fill your belly. Their beers are quite unique, think beetroot flavoured and a sour that’ll knock your socks off. Plus it’s simply oozing with good vibes all of the time. If you’re a fan of seltzer (which we know isn’t beer), these guys do a peach version that’s the best around.
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami

The Lucky Squire
The newest of the bunch is part of a group of venues you’ve no doubt heard of. It’s the James Squire family and The Lucky Squire is our very own Gold Coast version. Having only opened a few months ago, the newbie can be found at The Oracle and it’s two stories of microbrewery goodness. There are two bars pouring an array of sips including the entire James Squire range and if you’re after a feed, there’s tasty dishes like wood-fired steaks and double cheeseburgers that should do the trick. Head down for an arvo session.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Laughing Lizard Brewery
The crew at Laughing Lizard made over 150 different beers, all of which boast no chemicals and no preservatives (which equals no hangover, right?) and they’ve even got a gluten free option. The brewery itself is a three for one deal including the micro brewery, a home brew and spirit shop and the all-important party keg hire! Let the good times roll.
Where: 27 Sinclair Street, Arundel

Gold Coast Brewery
If it’s range you’re after, look no further, the Gold Coast Brewery has a huge range of beers on offer including premium options, heavy duty types, ciders and ginger beers. All of the very best things to get you through the rest of the year. Which, let’s face it, is probably going to call for alot of beer.
Where: 6/4 Indy Court, Nerang

Keep an eye out for Surfers Paradise’ frothy new brewery, coming in late 2020 and there’s a couple of others in the works too.

Happy sipping!

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