A Celebration of Beer in Brisbane: Brewsvegas

I like beer.

I like drinking beer, talking about beer, making beer and hanging around in places that sell beer. I’m clearly not the only one though, because places that sell beer around Brisbane are springing up like mushrooms.

Brisbane’s nightlife has changed quite substantially in the relatively short time that I’ve been here, I wrote about in my post called Brisbane’s Music Scene; Getting Better Every Year. Just as more and more music bars are popping up, so are the drinking holes.

There was a time when there was only one beer in town…

xxxxYes, good old Castlemaine XXXX, I’m still a fan, how can you not love this stuff; although you should never buy the yellow cans, the ‘Gold’. I would have chucked them all off the back of the truck and kept the wife…

It’s a different story these days with microbreweries popping up everywhere. I’m really not sure how many years Brewsvegas has been going, but it was definitely on last year, they mentioned it on the news…


And this year Brewsvegas is on again, right now. It’s been running since last Saturday and ends this Sunday on the 29th. With luck, at some point over the weekend I’ll be jumping on a bus and heading into town to sample some of those fine craft brews.

The only problem I have, if it is a problem, is where to start. There are simply so many venues to choose from. Even I was shocked (pleasantly surprised/happy) when I saw just how many bars were taking part when I downloaded this handy map…

Brewsvegas mapA stunning 56 venues not counting those outside of the city! That’s gonna be some kind of pub crawl!!

Yes, in the old days there wasn’t much going on, it’s all changed now…


As I’ve said, I like drinking beer, talking about it, hanging around places that sell it, and is also worth mentioning that I like writing about it. If you like beer, check out some of my other posts on my favourite subject:

Of course, I have my own microbrewery in the garage and beer on tap in the laundry room…

Draft BeerTo find out more about Brewsvegas, visit brewsvegas.com

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  • David April 2, 2015, 10:39 pm |

    A Melbournian enters the Birdsville Pub after a long, hot and dusty day on the Birdsville Track. Needing to slake his considerable thirst, he asks the bartender for a glass of VB. A Queenslander, drinking his glass of XXXX, overhearing this comments to his mates, “Visitors’ Beer”.
    The Melbournian retorts, “At least our brewers know how to spell beer!”

    • BobinOz April 3, 2015, 9:22 pm |

      A man walks into a bar and he says “Ouch!”

      It was an iron bar. – Tommy Cooper.

      I think this trumps your joke, but then I would, I’m from Queensland 🙂

      • Hilary April 23, 2015, 10:37 pm |

        Ha ha, gotta laugh Bob….how’s the exercise routine going then, or shouldn’t I ask?

        • BobinOz April 24, 2015, 9:18 pm |

          I got a good deal of exercise for my right arm whilst in Perth over the last 10 days, especially when I visited the Little Creatures brewery in Fremantle. I have promised myself that proper exercise will resume very soon, honest 🙂

  • Astra March 29, 2015, 1:06 am |

    And I thought England loved beer the most…

    How much does it roughly cost you to keep a microbrewery running in your home? I suppose in the long run, it’s much cheaper then buying ready-brewed beer.

    Thanks Bob! I hope Australia beats New Zealand on Monday!

    • BobinOz March 29, 2015, 9:41 pm |

      It doesn’t really cost me anything to run it, all the costs were in the initial setup. I think I spent around $2000 on kegs, a couple of extra fridges (eBay) my dispensing fridge that you can see in the picture above (that was $600 on eBay) and the carbonated gassing equipment.

      Every time I make a double brew, I always brew doubles, I save $80. I’ve had this equipment for four years or more now, it’s probably not even devalued, I reckon if I sold it now I’d get $1500 back.

      Over the years I’ve probably got my investment back three or four times over. And the beer is better 🙂

    • djmcbell March 30, 2015, 5:36 pm |

      Depends how you define “love beer” (or indeed alcohol as a whole). Here in England I can go on a business trip at 6am, walking to the local train station, and see people staggering around drunk having just been kicked out of the local clubs. Or walking around swigging cans at 9am.

      To me, what I’ve seen in Australia (admittedly I’ve only been there twice) seems more “we like alcohol in moderation”, compared to England’s “we just like alcohol”.

      • Astra March 30, 2015, 7:29 pm |

        I completely agree with you. Except you don’t see any fancy festivals here celebrating the stuff. The only festival I’ve ever seen was a small tent in the countryside with a small banner and a few overweight people inside. Where I live, there’s about 5 pubs per person.

        • BobinOz March 31, 2015, 4:25 pm |

          Well, I don’t love beer at 6 o’clock in the morning, that’s for sure 🙂

          As for people staggering around drunk, we do get that here, but by and large it seems to be confined to the major drinking areas of our cities or larger suburbs. Most towns and suburbs outside of the major cities only really have one or two pubs, so we don’t get that pub crawl culture that happens in England.

          Astra, you don’t say where you are, but I suspect you are in the UK. It’s so much more different in the UK, hundreds and hundreds of towns and each one has a high street and they usually have six or seven or even more pubs in them.

          They all close about the same time, and everybody spills out into the streets, usually drunk. We kind of get the same here, except it’s sort of ‘centralised” to those specific areas I’ve mentioned of our major cities.

          That’s what I see anyway.

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