Newstead’s Range Brewing unveils its new-look taproom
Craft-beer brewing is all about experimentation – trying new ingredient combinations in an effort to create something flavoursome and exciting. Few breweries in the Brisbane scene experiment more than Range Brewing, a Newstead-based hub built on an ethos of envelope-pushing exploration and evolution. Four years on and Range Brewing’s reputation for innovation has spread across Australia. Now, before the year closes, the brew crew has given its Brisbane taproom a slick makeover, matching Range’s boundary-nudging brewing approach with a stylish and sustainable aesthetic.
Despite the ups and downs of the past two years, Newstead’s Range Brewing has flourished. It wasn’t an easy effort, but in pandemic-ravaged 2020 the Range crew – headed by founders Gerard Martin and Matt McIver – managed to pull off a Melbourne expansion (in the midst of a fierce lockdown, no less) all while keeping its lauded Brisbane-based operations chugging along at a consistent clip. The brewery, which prides itself on its fluid and near avant-garde approach to making beer (overseen by head brewer Mitch Pickford), is a popular fixture for punters looking to sink a jar or two of something interesting. The team’s desire to be push for newness and be at forefront of brewing is woven into the fabric of Range’s identity. Now, with state borders open and a summer of sipping on the horizon, the crew is applying that same ethos to its taproom, with a fresh makeover making it one of Brisbane’s mostb fetching breweries.
Gerard and Matt have always had an eye for aesthetics – Range’s first iteration boasted a clean and functional design that favoured modern Scandinavian-inspired minimalism. While that underlying attention to crisp utilitarian style remains, Gerard and Matt have elected to refresh the space in order to bring it in line with their sustainability minded ethos, improve acoustics, link it visually to their Abbottsford bar and, most importantly, make it feel more comfortable for punters. Range Brewing now boasts 30 extra seats thanks to the addition of new booth seating and high tables. Terrazzo tables (made from construction waste) have been sourced from Five Mile Radius, while the seats (designed by Gerard) have been wrought from sustainably sourced plywood. Existing brick walls are juxtaposed with perforated panelling, designed and implemented to soften the sound of the taproom’s buzzing atmosphere and the newly installed sound system. A feature wall will soon be covered in recycled high-density polyethylene, the same plastic material used for Range’s beer-can toppers. As for Range’s brewing system, more apparatus has been added over the years, bringing the total number of tanks to 19 (an increase of 12 since 2018) and the yearly output total to 600,000 litres. Looking forward, the crew is eager to solidify its production processes to build a greater presence across Australia (we hear whispers of new satellite sites) and facilitate export and distribution into Asian markets, all the while continuing to craft interesting and experimental beers for thousands to enjoy.
Range Brewing is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, with a kitchen slinging hand-thrown, slow rise sourdough pizzas. Head to the Stumble Guide for more info.
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