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Brisbane Brewery Tour Western Explorer

Western Explorer Brewery Tour

Join us to visit some amazing breweries that sit outside the main city centre. This brewery tour combines fresh air with fresh brews as we explore history in Ipswich and hidden microbrewery gems in the outer-city, western suburbs of Brisbane.

Let us do the driving and deal with traffic while you sample beers from some harder-to-reach venues. We’ll leave room in the esky so you can bring some delectable drops home with you to savour later.

If you aren’t feeling like too much of a drive, but still want to escape the bustle of the inner city, why not jump on our Southern Sessions full day tour? Alternatively, if you’re keen to refresh your memory of the independent breweries in the city or looking to get your bearings as a first time visitor, our Best of Brisbane brew tour is another option.

  • Tour operates on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Pick up times: 11:45am – The Gresham (CBD) / 12:00pm – Prince Consort Hotel (Fortitude Valley)

  • Tour lasts roughly 6-7 hours
  • Visit 4 breweries; lunch included
  • Photo ID required; Must be 18+ to participate
  • Minimum 4 guests required to operate

Check out the full itinerary:

Guests have the chance to check out one of Brisbane’s hidden breweries, Common Ground, set inside Milton Common, where you will receive a warm welcome and cold beers. Their taps are always rotating, with several guest beers on tap, and serving anything from an IPA to a sour, so come along to see what’s on today!

Leaving here, we begin the 45 minute drive to 4 Hearts Brewing at The Pumpyard. Here we will get out and stretch our legs, then have a tour of the brewery. Located within the walls of an historic building and with glistening metallic tanks you can reach out and touch, it’s the perfect opportunity to grab a “stainless steel selfie” to share with your friends!

We will enjoy a delicious lunch here after a refreshing tasting paddle of 4 Hearts’ range of beers, with top-quality produce to match the fine brews on tap. If the weather’s nice we can grab a seat outside or sit in a private eating area within the historic walls.

A short drive back toward Brisbane sees us visiting White Lies Brewing Co in Sumner Park. One of the smaller breweries we visit today, we will have the chance to chat with owner/head brewer Lee “Smiley” McAlister and taste what he has on tap. Keep an eye out for his deceptively tasty Russian Imperial Stouts or treat yourself to one of Australia’s best hazy IPAs.

Gaining their name due to their venue being an old munitions factory, Ballistic Beer Co offers our guests the VIP experience. Immersed in the heart of the brewery is a table reserved for us, with empty glasses waiting to be filled. Delivering what is some of the best beer in SE Queensland, someone from the brewery will have a chat with the group about their history and growth thus far. The industrial vibe and delicious beers will make our final stop a highlight of the day.

Where a location is indicated, we will pick up you outside the venue so please keep an eye out for our van – you can’t miss it!

Pick Ups:

  • The Gresham (308 Queen Street, Brisbane) is an historic pub in central Brisbane. From Central Station, exit toward Ann Street. Past the ANZAC Memorial and through Post Office Square, next to the NAB bank, you’ll find The Gresham tucked away. Alternatively you can exit toward Edward Street, head down the hill and turn left onto Queen Street. Walk about 1/2 block and The Gresham will be next to the NAB on your left. Please note The Gresham does not open until 4pm on Saturdays and is closed on Sundays; we will still pick up here and there are plenty of places around Post Office Square to get a coffee and/or breakfast.
  • Prince Consort Hotel (230 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley) is a very short walk from the Fortitude Valley Station – come out, hang a left and turn right and there you are! Perfect for a morning cuppa before the tour.

We are flexible with our drop-off locations within the city based on guests’ needs and requests.

Included in the price: transportation in our private, air-conditioned van, guided brewery tour with explanation of the brewing process, all beer samples at the breweries we visit, lunch, beer education and history, snacks, and witty commentary (well, we think it is).

Please note: itinerary subject to change based on traffic, closures, new openings, events or spur-of-the-moment decisions, however we will ensure you receive everything listed above.

Before booking please understand that you may be travelling with other people and the 1.5m social distancing guidelines may not be possible in the short van trips between venues. If you do not feel comfortable with this please contact us to discuss other options.

Not finding the tour you want on the date you need? Check our Tour Calendar to see which tour is currently running on what date. Or feel free to give us a call – we might have created a special tour for the day that we can get you on, or we may be sold out. But you’ll never know unless you ask. We’re always happy to help and check availability for you.