Brendale scores big with two-in-one beer and barbecue spot Tannins Brew and Meat Me BBQ
It’s said that good things come in pairs. While we can’t gauge the universal accuracy of that statement, we can confirm it absolutely rings true when referring to Tannis Brew and Meat Me BBQ – Brendale’s buzzy new dual-concept locale. The result of a perfect pairing, this nanobrewery, coffee spot and casual eatery is wasting no time enticing the Moreton Bay community with craft cold ones, smoked chilli beef-shin tacos and brisket toasties.
Meat Me BBQ is a quintessential COVID pivot success story. When Michael Cameron fired up his trailer smoker and went back to private catering, he built upon early success with small functions by scaling up to full kitchen takeovers. With a schedule filled with regular gigs, it wasn’t long before Michael reached a point where a fixed site wasn’t just a feasible step, but a necessary one. The hunt for the ideal space started a year ago, with the northside local eventually coming across a spacious tenancy within the heart of a growing commercial precinct in Brendale. Even factoring in ample room to build the kind of immaculate kitchen he envisioned, Michael noticed there was plenty of inside space to fill, so he decided to call up a friend and see if they had interest in joining forces. As it happened, Dave and Preena Johansen were entertaining the idea of opening a bar. Already avid home brewers, the couple knew a thing or two about making a good drop – they just needed a place to spread their wings. When Michael pitched them on slotting in opposite Meat Me BBQ at the Brendale site, the Johansens saw an opportunity to not only make good on their 15-year-old dream, but open a locale that sat at an accessible midpoint between casual and refined – a venue Brendale sorely needed. Thus, Tannins Brew was born.
Tannins Brew and Meat Me BBQ opened earlier this month, with the roomy interior (which can fit more than 50 inside) given a moody DIY fit-out boasting resin-coated timber tables and a dark colour scheme. At one end sits Tannins Brew’s bar and brewing apparatus – a Nano X two-vessel system with two 160-litre fermenters, as well as a small 20-litre system used for small-batch brewing. Dave has adopted an outside-the-box brewing ethos that favours experimentation and playfulness. The bar’s six taps pour an assortment of brews, ranging from accessible lagers and pale ales to more inventive sips like smoked pineapple pale ales and vanilla plum sours. With an artisanal licence at their disposal, Tannins Brew can sling Queensland-made booze, allowing Dave and Preena to support local. Spencer Vodka, Capricorn Distilling Co. rum, Milton Distillery rum and Wildflower Gin can be spotted in the back bar alongside vino from Witches Falls Winery out at Tamborine Mountain. Tannins Brew also services the morning crowd with coffee from Cavalier Coffee Roasters, brisket-and-cheese toasties and smoked-ham toasties. Down the other end, Meat Me BBQ dishes up a diverse selection of meaty morsels. Though Michael boasts ample experience as an American-style barbecue pitmaster, he’s broadened the scope of Meat Me’s menu to include all kinds of barbecue, with dishes boasting inflections from Brazilian, Korean and South African styles of cooking. The kitchen, which is equipped with charcoal parrilla grills, boasts no deep fryers, so there aren’t any fries – but one look at the menu and you’ll forget all about them. Starters like potato-and-cheese galettes, cornbread, elotes coated in chipotle cream and smoked-pork pate get appetites primed for bigger portions. Barbecue honey sesame wings, sweet-and-spicy slow-smoked wings and honey mustard salmon wings make way for smoked Texan beef chilli dogs, beef-and-bacon cheeseburgers, beef-shin tacos and a smoked brat of the day – and that’s not even the main event. House-smoked beef brisket, smoked pork cutlets, lamb shoulder and Carolina mustard-basted salmon are the showstoppers, best followed by a wedge of cheesecake or pie.
Meat Me BBQ and Tannins Brew are now open to the public! Click on over to the Stumble Guide for more details.
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