August 24, 2018

Crafty Cairns

Surrounded on all sides by lush Rainforest and endless Reef, Cairns is a diverse city. Its night markets, esplanade and restaurant choices make it a well-rounded destination for all kinds of travellers. And that includes hop heads! Cairns is home to a number of craft beer breweries, all bringing in inspiration from the serene surroundings and bottling them into a variety of amazing alcoholic drinks. Here's our run down of a number of local breweries that should be on any budding beer fiend's list when visiting Cairns.


Hemingway's Cairns 

Situated at Cairns wharf, this brewery has wicked views over the Trinity Inlet and out to sea, a perfect location for a cheeky bev. If you're looking for something on the larger side, you can head up the coast to Hemingway's Port Douglas venue, a site with ten times the brewing capacity of its sister plant in Cairns. However, the Cairns site is not to be missed with 20 taps that include at least 10 in house brewed beers, guest brews and ciders. You'll find indoor, outdoor and waterfront seating.


Great Barrier Reef Brewing Co

Winners of the 2017 TNQ 'Public Choice' Beer Awards, a trip to the Two Turtles Taproom will not be in vain. Founded by a Cairns local and his partner, whose love of Mother Nature and fascination of fermentation has resulted in an array of beautiful local craft beers. Check out their taproom and experience it for yourself!


Macalister Brewing Co

Escape the city and head into the stunning and picturesque Macalister Range, just a short 20 minute drive north of Cairns. This microbrewery was founded in 2017 and sits at the base of the mountains. Specialising in naturally conditioned, unpasteurised and unfiltered craft beers, this brewery is a must-do after a day exploring the ranges.


Coral Sea Brewing Co

Another Cairns city based microbrewery, coral sea brewing co supply the likes of the Conservatory Bar, Three Wolves and Hemingway's with their own IPA's and Tropical Lager which is inspired by the Cairns environment, a Floral and fruity beverage. Crack open a cold one or sip a pint from the tap and savour the memory of your trip to Queensland.


Green Ant Brewing Co

Part of the Green Cantina Bar and Restaurant, these guys focus on craft beers that are preservative free. They also have an epic wine list, focused on vegan, biodynamic and organic wines - Grab a burger and sample a local beverage at the same time.

Cairns isn’t just beautiful surroundings, but the environment has inspired these local breweries in their craft, so soak in the sun and experience Queensland’s crafty side.