Pavement Whispers: Craft’d Grounds reveals details of its in-house brewery Brewtide
Albion’s forthcoming dining and lifestyle precinct Craft’d Grounds is shaping up to be a year-defining arrival for Brisbane’s hospitality scene. The crew behind the multifaceted concept, which will encompass a specialty espresso bar, street food and farmers market, patisserie, wine and cocktail bar, and live-music facilities, has just revealed the first details for its in-house craft-beer brewery Brewtide. Inspired by the king tides that have washed over Albion’s streets in the past, Brewtide is looking to create humble beers that will really float your boat.
Whenever there’s a particularly strong king tide, or rain streams down from the sky in buckets, Albion’s low-lying streets tend to flood. It’s an inconvenience that Albion locals have come to accept, though they’d agree its wryly amusing that the news of Albion’s new craft-beer brewery Brewtide comes at the start of what is forecasted to be four days of consistent downpour. Thankfully, the news will lift everyone’s sodden spirits. Brewtide is the new 500-sqm brewery that is one of the biggest and most exciting draw cards of the new Craft’d Grounds development currently taking shape on Collingwood Street. Head brewer Gavin Croft – who has previously worked with Newstead Brewing Co., Archer Brewing and Bacchus Brewing Co. – is keen to take an unpretentious approach with Brewtide’s range and is aiming for a selection of beers that are both artfully constructed, balanced and, most importantly, effortlessly drinkable.
Equipped with 12 tanks and a 15-hectolitre capacity, Brewtide’s brewery and bar area will sit within Craft’d Grounds’ open-plan, zero-threshold space, which is being specifically designed to offer seamless entry and free-flowing access to the development’s other facets. Gavin and his team will be utilising the bounty of local produce available from Queensland farmers in its range of beers, reducing the food miles its fruit, malt, hops and yeast travels. Though Brewtide’s tidal namesake is a strong tethering point to its geographical origin, the name also alludes to the brewing industry’s various ebbs and flows, and beer’s ever-changing nature. With that in mind Brewtide will also go to bat for other artisanal makers in order to be representative of the whole craft-brewing industry. The bar is dedicating 15 of its 20 taps to new and seasonal offerings from friends of the brewery, while also allowing nomad brewers use of its brewing apparatus. Brewing times will cycle to align with peak lunch and dinner hours, giving guests glimpses at the production process from tank to tastebuds while also offering opportunities to interact with those responsible for the beer in their glass. Various kitchens across Craft’d Grounds and over at Collingwood Black (which is connected to the precinct via a subtropical themed laneway) will offer a diverse range of eats to enjoy – details on the hub’s food vendors will be announced later in the year.
Brewtide is slated to open to the public in September. Keep your eyes peeled for an up-close look inside once it launches!
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