BRISBANE | Felons Brewing Co is a large brewery and brewpub housed in the historic Howard Street Wharves, under Brisbane’s Story Bridge. It’s named after the four convicts who, after bad weather set them off-course after departing from Illawarra in the 1820s, ended up washed up on the banks of the Brisbane River, instead of their intended destination of Sydney.
It’s a very impressive venue. A 1,000m² site containing the main brewery and taproom in a heritage listed former warehouse, a barrel room and second bar next door, and loads of outdoor tables and seating and casual outdoor spaces. It’s got a similar vibe to Little Creatures in Fremantle and Geelong, and Shelter Brewing in Busselton, but on a larger scale.
Head brewer and ex-Little Creatures brewer Tom Champion’s mission is to brew “beautiful, balanced beers and cider of no fuss”. That’s quality brews that have wide appeal and are well suited to the hot and humid climate of Brisbane. That’d be an Australian Pale Ale, Low Carb Pilsner, Cloudy ‘Natural’ Ale, Crisp Lager, and IPA. There’s also a rotating selection of limited beers on tap, and beers in the fridges to enjoy at the venue or take away.
Inside the German Beer Hall inspired Barrel Hall next door, you’ll find the core range, along with a few barrel aged beers. The whiskey barrel aged lager is well worth trying. If you’re not into beer, both venues stock a quality selection of spirits and wines.
For food, it’s a quality selection of pub food like wood-fired pizzas, burgers, and wings in the main venue, and German and Asian inspired pub food in the barrel hall.
Felons Brewing Co
5 Boundary Street
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 12:00am