Albion’s new dining and lifestyle precinct Craft’d Grounds is shaping up to be a year-defining arrival on 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 welcomed its first resident – in-house craft-beer brewery and cellar Brewtide. The 500-sqm brewery, is equipped with 12 tanks and a 15-hectolitre capacity sits within Craft’d Grounds’ open-plan, zero-threshold space, which has been specifically designed to offer seamless entry and free-flowing access to the development’s other facets. Head brewer Gavin Croft is utilising the bounty of local produce available from Queensland farmers in its concise range of beers, while will include a clutch of collaborative brews made in partnership with artisanal producers and guest brewers. Brewtide is going to bat for other artisanal makers in order to be representative of the whole craft-brewing industry – 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. The bar also dispenses eight cocktails, five premium gin-and-tonics (imbued with native bush ingredients like leatherwood, honey, eucalyptus, pepperberry, quandong and finger lime) as well as vino sourced from South Australian label ATE. Brewtide’s on-site cellar and bottle shop is stocked to breaking point with a smorgasbord of Australian-made alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages, including everything available within the bar. The cellar addition allows for guests to curate their own experience at Brewtide, with the venue licensed to allow for consumption of wine and beer bought from the cellar with a corkage fee. The cellar’s beer fridge features a jaw-dropping selection of tins (including a few ciders and seltzers), with more than 50 breweries represented and three products from each available. The wine wall boasts 95 slots, which loosely equates to, uh, a whole lot of vino (including many interesting varietals from forward-thinking makers). As for the sprits, much of what you see behind the bar can be found here with a few extra additions (gin, rum, tequila and vodka – it’s all here).


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