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Stone & Wood Brewing

We come to you today with news from our just-south-of-the-border friends, the good people of Byron Bay. Who, it seems, have quite quickly become famous for an array of locally produced, bespoke alcoholic goodies for which the world is very grateful.

In particular, and for the purpose of this tale, craft beer makers by the name of Stone & Wood Brewing. You may have heard of them.

The much-loved brand was established by a few local lads back in 2008 and, in the last few weeks, has opened the doors to their impressive new space, dubbed Stone & Wood’s ‘spiritual home’.

The team made the decision to invest in the local community and, rather than outsourcing the brewing, kept it at home to share the love with all of us, which is what we love most about local makers.

The launch of the new space is a proud moment, not only for a business that grew from quite humble roots, but also for Byron Bay itself. The purpose-built brewery is a whopping 1160-square metres and with 31 brewing tanks, an eatery and a tasting room, there’s plenty of fun to be had.

From the moment you lay eyes on the brewery, you know you’re in for a treat. It’s an architectural masterpiece, all parallel lines, wood and steel paneling and a sleek industrial vibe, perfectly at home in Byron Bay’s increasingly popular industrial area.

Inside, a solid polished concrete bar is the best part, offset by a floor-to-ceiling, mural in Stone & Wood’s signature bright hues and plenty of communal seating throughout, as is the Byron way.

Like the rest of us, the team are big on local love and want to share as much as possible about their journey and their product with the people. Tasting tours are on offer three times a day so you can become your most educated self while sampling some of the very best brews Australia has to offer.

You’ll taste the regular favourites along with an ever-changing selection of experimental beers and some limited-edition brewery-only creations. It’s a real treat.

The eatery offers a changing menu with plenty of bar snack-style dishes perfectly paired with all of the beers you’ll no doubt be sipping all day long.

In case you were somehow in need of a reason to pop down to Byron Bay, one of the most beautiful places on Earth, there’s a fair few you certainly can’t argue with.

Beers inspired by a laidback, simple way of life? Keep them coming please.

LOCATION: 100 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay
HOURS: Weekdays 10am until 5pm and weekends 12pm until 6pm

Words by Kirra Smith

6 sweet Byron restaurants who’ve migrated to the Gold Coast

Finn Poke
Main Street Burger Bar
Elixiba
Miss Margarita
Cardamom Pod
Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar

We all love a little southern getaway to our beautiful across-the-border neighbour. But sometimes that 45 minute drive seems a little two much to handle on the precious few days we get away from work each week.

Luckily, it seems, Byron Bay has begun to come to us and that is happy news friends. Starting with a few top notch eateries, here’s hoping the entire town soon merges into the Gold Coast so we can claim it as our own.

Until then, here are five restaurants that originated in Byron and have expanded to the Gold Coast.

Finn Poke
The most recent addition in the foodie migration is Finn Poke, a café-style venue serving up, you guessed it, nourishing poke bowls. The popular Byron Bay gang opened up in Pacific Fair just last week and they’re set to open a second store in James Street (Burleigh Heads) next month. They’re putting a unique little spin on the salad and raw fish style bowls and that’s as Byron as anything we’ve ever heard.
Where: Pacific Fair, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach

Main Street Burger Bar
An absolute Byron favourite is Main Street Burger Bar and, as of last year, they’ve become a pretty popular addition to the Broadbeach restaurant scene too. With a trendy, beachside diner vibe and burgers made with the freshest and healthiest produce possible, it really is a good time. The Harissa Roasted Lamb Shoulder burger is a fave and throw in a boozy milkshake and that will do us just fine thank you very much.
Where: Shop GO.53, Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Ave, Broadbeach

Elixiba
What’s a Byron restaurant story without a vegan addition? And what a vegan addition Elixiba is. It’s a completely plant-based bar and restaurant with some of the most Insta-worthy dishes around. Think towering burgers, pasta perfections, Chai cheesecake and the tastiest of curries. Every single thing on the menu will have your mouth watering, vegan or not.
Where: Robina Town Centre, Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina

Miss Margarita
Ahh Mexican food, how we love you. Miss Margarita’s is one of the best Byron haunts around and no matter what time of day, it’s absolutely packed with patrons sipping chilli margaritas (could just be us). The food is absolutely exceptional here and we particularly love jalapeno poppers and every burrito that has ever been brought before us. BONUS: you don’t need to travel to Byron to get involved.
Where: Shop 101, 89 Surf Pde, Broadbeach

Cardamom Pod
There are vegetarian delights galore at the Byron Bay gem that now boasts two Gold Coast locations. Cardamom Pod is a choose your own adventure style scenario where you can mix your curries with your salads, pop some samosas on your plate and fill your belly with warm, nourishing goodies that will keep you full for days (or at least hours). They also do some extremely tasty desserts so maybe take one of those guys home for later. Oh and it’s BYO, yep yep.
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach and The Brickworks, Ferry Rd, Southport

Cicchetti Pizza & Pasta Bar
They began their foodie adventure in Byron before moving on up to the Gold Coast and nowadays, they are solely Queenslanders and we are more than happy with that. Serving up the tastiest Italian fare, Cicchetti offers a casual breakfast menu plus authentic Italian for lunch and dinner and the foods is the goods guys. They also boast innovative cocktails in a space that is quite frankly, breathtaking. Next time you’re craving Italian food, give them a try.
Where: Capri on Via Roma, Isle of Capri

Words by Kirra Smith.

Your Gold Coast brewery checklist

Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)
Burleigh Brewing Co. (image supplied)

On Friday 5th August, the world celebrates something truly special. Beer. Oh how we love your amber hue, unique taste, and the fact that when you’re around, it means there’s good times to be had!

In honour of International Beer Day, we’ve penned a list of top breweries in our hood so that you organise a brewery crawl! Okay so that’s perhaps a bit ambitious (and reminiscent of our 20s), but there’s no excuse not to ‘hop’ on down to one this weekend. And next weekend. And the one after…

Burleigh Brewing Co.
With gold medals for days from the World Beer Championships, you know you’re in for a good ale here! Famous for their paddle boards, relaxed atmosphere, big smiles and super friendly service, it’s the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday arvo (or Friyay / Saturday sesh). There’s even awesome live music to set the mood while you quench your thirst. Cheers!
Where: 2 Ern Harley Drive, Burleigh Heads

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

Fortitude Brewing Co
Froth fanatics, Fortitude Brewing Company sees you! This hinterland spot has 15 taps, each pouring something different from the range of Fortitude and Noisy Minor beers – all brewed on site! Visitors can nom their way through a variety of made-to-order pizzas whilst sinking a tasting paddle…or two, or… Enjoy the venue’s rugged exteriors and soft-hearted interiors and on weekends, soak up the beats from talented muso’s.
Where: 165 Long Road, Eagle Heights

The Lucky Squire
In case you haven’t put two and two together, this brewhouse brings to life the story of Australia’s first brewer, the rogue swindler James Squire (cue ‘aha’ moment). Celebrating quality craft beers and modern pub grub, the custom-designed full functioning microbrewery pumps out small, exclusive batch brews, and it’s a cracking spot to round up your crew for an arvo sesh.
Where: 3 Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach

Lost Palms (image supplied)

Lost Palms Brewing
This pink and mint icon is a short stroll from the hot spots in Nobby’s and a ‘hop’, skip and a jump from Miami Marketta. Pull up a pew outside, sink some unique and refreshing brews, and make sure you grab some sweet snaps for your socials. Roll up for trivia on Thursday nights and live music on Sunday arvo’s, and see why this wicked brewery is a must-visit!
Where: 11 Oak Avenue, Miami

Aardvark & Arrow Brewery
This Varsity based microbrewery may produce ‘petite’ batches, but their list of return customers is anything but small! Consistently producing and supplying chemical and preservative free beer and cider that exceeds expectations, the boutique beers here are on point. The staff are uber friendly and knowledgeable and the prices will blow ya mind (in a good way).
Where: 13 John Duncan Court, Varsity Lakes

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

Burleigh Barrels
Made for and by the locals in the heart of Burleigh, this newbie has already achieved cult status. Just a 10-minute walk from bustling James Street, hook yourself up with crisp lagers, caramel amber ales and ladies, if you’re all about a vino or cocktail (same), you’ll be well looked after here. Also a smokehouse #props, the flavours in their food are ‘pitcher’ perfect.
Where: 3-4/105 West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

Pickled Pig Brewery
Yes, it’s over the border but meh, we’re one of the same. A totally independent family-owned and operated brewery, this alone makes us want to go! All products are made using German and Belgium brewing techniques, are chemical and preservative free, and vegan friendly. Plus there’s an epic non-boozy range for the DD! Sample from the 14-tap tasting saloon and tasting Paddles, or take a brewery tour.
Where: 1/18 Industry Drive, Tweed Heads South

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

Balter Brewing Company
Another one with awards up the wazoo, the newly renovated Balter never disappoints. Its line-up of founders includes some seriously famous sporting legends, and it just oozes chillax and cool in equal measure. Whether it’s from the tap or can, there’s a variety of styles to get your tastebuds singing. Kick back in the new beer garden and enjoy live beats with your brew, along with food truck goodness.
Where: 14 Traders Way, Currumbin

Laughing Lizard Brewery
The good times keep on keeping on at Laughing Lizard with over 150 different beers! The best part, however, is that none contain any nasty chemicals or preservatives (yay, no hangover…well, that’s our story and we’re sticking to it…), and there’s even a gluten-free option #CeliacsRejoice! Here you’ll find a micro-brewery, beer and spirits shop, and every party planner’s besty – a keg hire service!
Where: 27 Sinclair Street, Arundel

AWOL Tour (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)
AWOL Tour (Image: © 2021 Inside Gold Coast)

AWOL
The latest brainchild from GC beer bosses Black Hops, AWOL is Queensland’s first dedicated barrel-aged beer brand and taproom. Open exclusively for pre-paid tours and special events, hear the AWOL story, learn about the complex nature of barrel-ageing beer, and be guided through a tasting of four AWOL brews. Then stick around and enjoy the taproom experience and stock up on your faves #obvs.
Where: 4 Hibiscus Haven, Burleigh Heads

Gold Coast Brewery
If it’s range and outlandishly tasty and fresh beers you’re after, Gold Coast Brewery has you covered! We’re talking premium options, heavy-duty types, ciders, ginger beers – the works! It’s a local beer lovers, well, local, with owner Ian going above and beyond for his loyal punters. It’s quiet enough for a proper chin-wag, and your wallet with certainly love the prices!
Where: 6/4 Indy Court, Carrara

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

Black Hops HQ & Black Hops II
The runaway success of the original Black Hops in Burleigh spurred the creation of its spacious and upscale sibling, Black Hops II in Biggera Waters. Both serve up 16 beers on tap and have popular food trucks on site to feed hungry punters. So whether you’re north or southside, round up your mates, the fam and even your pooch for some award-winning amber ales.
Where: 15 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads and 671 Pine Ridge Road, Biggera Waters

Madocke Beer Brewing Company
The ultimate Belgian beer experience awaits at Ashmore’s Madocke! Starting their commercial brewery in a tiny garage, proud owners Jimmy and Annelies are a bona fide local success story! Enjoy the complex flavours and richness of their brewskis at free Thursday trivia nights, and pair your pitcher with some belly laughs at live comedy night every Friday. Skohl!
Where: 286 Southport Nerang Road, Ashmore

Words by Bianca Trathen.

Own a share of a brewery

They say every dollar we spend is a personal vote for the type of world we want to live in and they, it seems, are very wise. We spend on things to improve the quality of our lives, therefore investing in businesses we love, makes sense.

You know what improves our lives? Tasty food. And also delicious beer to wash down said tasty food. We spend many dollars on those things and we’re willing to bet you do too. Particularly in support of local businesses doing a stand up job.

Which brings us to the point of this tale. Crowdfunding. In particular, the recently announced crowdfunding campaign of local legends Tapworks Bar and Grill, who will soon be opening a second sweet, sweet venue at Westfield Coomera (their first can be found at Chermside).

Their very first actual brewery is also happening in early 2020 so EVEN MORE BEER YAY.

Now, it goes without saying that drinking and eating spots are a fun time filled with all the things we love. Tapworks Bar and Grill Chermside is no exception and we’ve got it on good authority that the Coomera newbie will set the bar even higher.

But back to the crowdfunding. The crew at Tapworks are keen to expand and you know what that means, yes more breweries for us to enjoy and the exciting part is, we can all invest some of our dollars to make it happen.

See, spending equals voting on a world with more breweries. How good.

Plus, as part of this particular campaign, you get to become part owner in the brewery too, so there’s that.

The invested dollars will not only go toward opening more breweries though, they’ll be spent on the creation of Tapworks own brand of frosty brews. Which is obviously also an excellent thing to support.

The aim of the crowdfunding campaign is to allow Tapworks to grow quicker and capitalise on the trends of the industry (more beer for us). Once they’ve created their beer brand, they’ll market it externally.

The other aim is to have five Tapworks Bar and Grill locations within three years so expect plenty more Tapworks venues (and breweries) in the future.

The brand stands for great value, great range and great beer. A ‘beer bar’ with a focus on a wide variety of beers on tap. Their motto is ‘a beer for everyone’ and ours is ‘everyone come for a beer’ so that’s convenient.

It’s good to know we, the patrons of the breweries, are investing in locally owned goodies, which we love.

It’s win win.

Keen to get involved? Click here to learn more.

Stay tuned for more details on Tapworks Bar & Grill Coomera too.

Words by Kirra Smith

STORY SPONSORED BY TAPWORKS BAR & GRILL

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