CAIRNS | Hemingway’s Brewery is a local, independent craft brewery in Far North Queensland. Friends and co-owners Tony Fyfe and Craig Parsell opened their brewery at The Reef Marina in Port Douglas in June 2016, and it wasn’t long after until they decided to expand to a second location.
The Cairns brewery, located inside a heritage-listed early 1900s warehouse at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal on Trinity Inlet, opened in June 2018, and is an impressive space, showing off the extensive renovations that bought the tired warehouse back to life.
It’s a huge space, and one of the biggest breweries in Australia. High ceilings and exposed timber beams dominate. There’s capacity for up to 600 people, with indoor seating, and outdoor deck overlooking the water, and a verandah for lounging.
Behind the 20 metre long main bar and outdoor bar, you’ll find 50 taps serving ten of Hemingway’s core range and limited brews, and a rotating line up of 10 beers from other breweries that the team are enjoying and want to showcase. Tasting paddles are offered if you want to try a few things. I highly recommend 7th Heaven. It’s a 4.5% ABV Pale Ale with notes of pineapple and citrus. Super refreshing in the FNQ heat and humidity.
If you’re not a beer drinker, there are ciders and ginger beer on tap and an impressive selection of wines and spirits. Local, independent producers are showcased, and you can even do spirit tasting flights if you want to try an assortment of things like local gins.
For food, it’s quality pub options made using local ingredients. Think pizzas, burgers, seafood, BBQ, and share plates. There’s live music Thursday through Sunday, and brewery tours every weekend.
If you want something to take home, there’s a small retail shop at the entrance where you can buy cans of beer, bottles of local spirits, and merch.
4 Wharf Street
Mon – Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm