Aether Brewing’s Beer Declared ‘Champion Strong Beer’ and QLD’s Best

Aether Brewing‘s “Hop, Skip & Jump” garnered back-to-back awards as “Champion Strong Beer” and “Best Queensland Beer of Show” at the recently concluded Royal Queensland Food & Wine Show (RQFWS) held at the Brisbane Showgrounds on the 3rd of March, 2021.

According to RQFWS Beer Advisory Group member and judge Steve Henderson, “IPA is a style of beer with many components that need to come together to create a balanced drinking experience,” which makes creating a particularly masterful and award-winning IPA a difficult task. 

Aether Brewing’s award-winning IPA, “Hop, Skip & Jump”.
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“…the Aether team is laser focused on improving their product with each batch they brew,” Mr. Henderson adds. “I look forward to seeing Aether Brewing’s beers distributed nationally as the whole of Australia needs to see how good Queensland craft beer is.” 

Earning a grand total of 18.0 points in the Strong Beer category, Hop, Skip & Jump beat out 22 other submissions to win a Gold award — one of the 39 given out amongst 485 different entries. 

The Aether Brewing brewery can be found at 340 Melton Rd, Northgate. They’re open from 3:00PM to 7:00PM on Friday and 12:00PM to 7:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Follow their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates. For more details, visit their website.

Milton Brewery Set to Officially Launch New Taproom in Northgate

Milton-based Aether Brewing is set to officially launch a new taproom at their brewery in Northgate this month. This was after owners Dave Ward and Jimmy Young finally got Council approval to launch a brand new taproom and give their visitors a more complete experience.

The new 353-sqm venue, which will be called Aether Brewing HQ, will have 80 seats. It will have its main access via Melton Road and will be located next to the train station and bus stop. 

Aether Brewing in Railway Terrace currently has a 3,000-litre capacity. But the business partners will be upping their game by moving their equipment from the Sunshine Coast to Northgate and adding more tanks. Dave and Jimmy are eyeing to produce as much as 200,000 litres of beer a year at their new location.

Drinkers will have 12 taps to choose from alongside a range of core beers. The fridges will also be stocked with new seasonal beers like the mango sticky rice IPA and the crowd-favourite Ginger Beer’d which returns a year since it was recalled due to issues of excess alcohol content.

Aiming to offer the freshest beer in Brisbane, Dave and Jimmy are planning to brew beers on-site. 

The duo is officially launching the taproom mid-October at 340 Melton Road, Northgate, with an opening date to be announced soon. Once open, Aether Brewing HQ will operate Friday to Sunday.

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New Microbrewery Proposed for Northgate

A new microbrewery proposed for Northgate is set to expand beer choices in the suburb. This follows the lodgement of a new development application for Fick Brewing Company.

The proposed development seeks the council’s approval for a microbrewery with a food and drink outlet at 108 Old Toombul Rd, Northgate.

Other Microbrewery Proposed for Northgate

Prior to this application, Aether Brewing submitted a development application for a microbrewery in Northgate. The proposed development would be located at 340 Melton Rd, Northgate.

Apart from the brewery that can produce up to 20,000 litres per annum, plans for Aether Brewing’s proposed development also includes a small taste-testing facility. Their development application is still subject to Council’s approval.

New Microbrewery Proposal for Northgate

Microbrewery Proposed for Northgate
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The current proposal for Fick Brewing Company aims to convert an existing building into a microbrewery site. The building’s ground level warehouse will be modified to include a microbrewery, seating area, and a kitchen with a cool room.

Microbrewery Proposed for Northgate
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Plans for the development also includes the retention of the caretaker’s accommodation at the upper level of the existing building.

Microbrewery Proposed for Northgate

The development will also have an outdoor seating area. This will be located in the existing covered courtyard area between the two existing warehouse spaces on site.

Similar to Aether Brewing’s plan, the proposed microbrewery facility also has a capacity of processing less than 200 tonnes per annum.

Northgate will have a vast number of beer options once the two development applications earn the Council’s approval. This adds to the growing brewery industry in Brisbane.

To learn more about the new microbrewery proposed for Northgate, you can check the Application Details for A004996163.