Easy Times Brewing Co. – Opening Soon
While the AFL Grand Final will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion for Brisbane’s sport fanatics, the day will also be a big deal for our local craft-beer community. Easy Times Brewing Co. is under construction in Woolloongabba, with the anticipated arrival flagging Saturday October 24 as the tentative opening date, which coincides with the AFL premiership showdown. The brainchild of mental-health professionals and avid home brewers David Ferguson and Anita Boettger, Easy Times Brewing Co. is the result of a two-and-a-half year process of globe-spanning research, location scouting, hoop jumping and patience building. Earlier this year the team secured its dream location a stone’s throw from Gate One at The Gabba, taking over two spaces – a former motorcycle repair business on Stanley Street and a two-storey shopfront facing Logan Road – knocking out the walls separating the two buildings and connecting them into one. Guests will be able to enter from either side – with the Stanley Street entrance offering access to Easy Times’ brewing area, where an impressive gas-powered brewing system will be working on the brewpub’s range. Through the opposite entrance punters will enter the main bar, which will boast 20 taps plus two old-school English hand pumps (David, a UK expat, is eager to imbue the space with a welcoming vibe reminiscent of English pubs). Upstairs sits the main dining space and a smaller bar, which houses a further six taps. In addition to these key spaces, there will also be a mezzanine balcony drinking space above the brewery and a couple of outdoor nooks. When it comes to the Easy Times Brewing Co.’s beers, David and Anita are keen to keep things accessible and thirst quenching with a mix of modern and traditional styles. Come launch, sippers can expect the likes of pale ales, session ales, double IPAs and a golden Munich-style lager – the latter is a tribute to Anita’s German heritage and an homage to her ancestor, famed Bavarian brewer and “Father of the Pilsner” Josef Groll. Easy Times has partnered with the low-and-slow masters at Proof BBQ & Booze for the brewpub’s food offering, so diners will have another spot to sink their teeth into Proof’s lauded menu, including sweet smoked pecan wings, pulled pork ‘sammichs’, beef brisket and saucy racks of ribs. David and Anita are keen to make Easy Times Brewing Co. a place where guests can forget their woes, kick back and relax – sounds like just the thing we need after the year we’ve had!