BRISBANE | Black Hops Brewing is intrinsically linked to the Gold Coast, but the idea to start the brewery back in 2014 actually started at a bar in Brisbane. In 2020, things came full circle, with Black Hops acquiring the space that was home to Semi-Pro Brewing (several of the Semi-Pro team stayed on), and converting into a Black Hops taproom.
It’s a simple warehouse space, welcoming and popular with locals and the post-game Gabba crowd. There’s a downstairs section, home to the bar, lots of standing and seating space, and brewing equipment, and a mezzanine floor. There’s fridges to the side with takeaway cans for home.
On tap, you’ll find the Black Hops core range of beers, along with limited releases, and beers brewed on-site that you won’t find elsewhere. A tasting paddle is the best way to try a few things – you can choose any four beers you like.
Hornet, a 6.0% ABV IPA features notes of stone fruit and citrus. It’s one of Black Hops’ most popular beers and is well worth a try. If you want something punchier, there’s an 8.7% Double IPA version, Super Hornet. Be sure to check out the AWOL range of beers. It’s Black Hops’ barrel aging program with things like wild yeast fermented sours aged in wine barrels sourced from local wineries.
There’s no kitchen on site, but there’s usually a food truck outside, and you’re more than welcome to bring in your own food, or order something in from one of the many nearby restaurants.
Black Hops Brewing
2/65 Manilla Street
Wed – Thu: 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 9:00pm
Sun: 12:00pm to 6:00pm