More than 10,000 litres of beer have been brewed in preparation. Whether its marketing genius or utter madness remains to be seen, but Green Beacon Brewing Co. in Brisbane's Teneriffe has chosen this Friday, the start of the Australia Day long weekend, for their much anticipated opening.
"We have a lot of beer in preparation, but yes we do worry about selling out. If there's anything worse than a pub with no beer, it has to be a brewery with no beer," says venue manager Andrew Sydes.
Green Beacon's owner-brewers Adrian Slaughter and Marc Chrismas have crafted six beers from an ale to a porter; a range that will be supplemented with a seasonal beer.
"The range of styles, and flavours give us a really good shot at offering something for everyone. We
want to advocate beer as incredibly versatile; it's not just the fizzy yellow, super cold lager most Australians are used to-there's amazing variety available," says Sydes.
They are also working on a cider, which is due for release in the not too distant future. Beer comes in small and large sizes and drinkers can sit at a 12 metre spotted gum bar right in the thick of it all and graze from a largely locally sourced menu. Seafood is a feature, with Moreton Bay oysters and bugs, Queensland prawns, spanner crab and red claw, as well as Lake Wivenhoe organic olives and bread from just up the road at Chouquette. They've even sourced Queensland wine in case anyone wants a palate cleanser.
With a license until midnight and an uncomplicated menu, Sydes says they'll be able to supply the late night dining crowds.
"Brisbane does lack a fair bit in decent late night dining but if someone comes in at 10pm and wants a dozen oysters, or a cheese plate, it's no problem."
Green Beacon, 26 Helen Street, Teneriffe.