BRISBANE | Working Title Brew Co. was founded by Luke Shield and Mark Howes in 2021, as a small-batch contract brewery, brewing out of Newstead Brewing. When Newstead Brewing moved to their larger Milton space last year, Luke and Mark jumped at the opportunity to take over the Newstead space and make it their own.
It’s a casual, open space, that makes the most of the building’s bones and natural materials. It’s not too changed from what it was – nowadays there’s an enclosed beer garden out the front, booth seating, and a few pinball machines – including an old Star Trek The Next Generation pinball machine that was destined for the scrapheap when the boys discovered and saved it.
You won’t find any core range beers at Working Title, instead its a rotating selection of core styles like pilsner, IPA, and Pale Ale, and limited, seasonal releases. It’s an innovative brewery, and you’ll often see beers using experimental hops and malts, and beer styles not often seen in Australia.
There’s 12 taps behind the bar, with tasting paddles available, and a fridge filled with cans to drink at the venue or take home. Limited releases might include things like the ‘Take Five’, a choc-caramel peanut butter cup double milk stout, and ‘Panic Room’, a piney Double West Coast IPA brewed with eight different hops, added at various stages of the brew.
To eat, it’s an East Asian-influenced, minimal waste, nose-to tail offering that’s a cut above your usual brewpub fare. Think ox tongue, kimchi, pickle, and gruyere toasties; togarashi, gochujang mayo, and lime fried chicken skins; and pig head and blue cheese croquette bao with cucumber, and pickled red onion. Dietaries are well catered for, with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.
Working Title Brew Co.
85 Doggett Street
Sun, Wed – Thu: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00pm to 12:00am