BRISBANE | Ballistic Beer Co was founded in 2016, when co-owner and founder David Kitchen teamed up with head brewer Lachy Crothers to set up the brewery in a former World War II munitions factory (which gave the brewery its name).
A local of the area for over a decade, David wanted there to be a great place to get top quality beer in his neighbourhood. He also wanted it to be a place where the community felt at home, and could hang out and feel welcome.
After visiting the brewery, I can confidently say that it’s been successful on all of these fronts. I’ve always been a fan of Ballistic’s beers, and it was great to try them at the source. It’s a big space, with lots of seating and tables inside and outside. There’s also a 90 capacity function room next door which sometimes opens up when there aren’t any functions on and things are busy.
There’s 12 beers on tap, including the core range of rotating limited, seasonal brews. The Oaked XPA, a 5.8% ABV Pale Ale with vanilla notes from the toasted oak barrels, is always a great option. There’s also the popular, award winning Hawaiian Haze, a juicy 4.6% ABV Pale Ale, and the delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout. That one’s a 6.7% ABV Milk Stout brewed with cocoa nibs, lactose, chilli and spices.
You can take home cans, growlers, and squealers, and if you’re not into beer, there’s a few wines and cocktails on offer too. For food, it’s a rotating selection of food trucks offering an assortment of cuisines.
As well as the Salisbury HQ, Ballistic have four other locations across Queensland, with more to come.
Ballistic Beer Co
53-55 McCarthy Road
Wed: 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thu: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Fri: 1:30pm to 10:00pm
Sat: 1:00pm to 10:00pm
Sun: 1:00pm to 7:00pm