While I was on my travels to various places around the world, I thought to myself ‘Wouldn’t it be great if I had a Lonely Planet style book that would tell me where to go for a good drop?’. There are plenty of websites out there to find that information, but what I wanted was the hard facts; opening times, number of taps, variety, food etc. With that question still lingering in my mind, I decided to start up the “Lonely Pint” (see what I did there…) and highlight, in a travel guide fashion, the great places to drink in Brisbane. If you are new to this fair city, here on vacation, or just new to the whole Good Beer scene and would like to know where to go to explore deeper into it, this will hopefully be helpful.
My favourite venue in the Valley is where we head this week: Kerbside.
Address: Constance Street (Ann St end), Fortitude Valley
Hours of Operation: Wednesday – Thursday 4pm to late / Friday – Saturday 4pm to 5am / Sundays 1pm – late
Seating Capacity: 100 (gotta be quick to nab the comfy couches though)
Date Opened: December 2010
Number of Taps: 3 Taps
Bottle Selection: 200+ different bottled beers/ciders
Price Range per Glass: $9 – $20
Wine’s and Spirits/Cocktails?: Wines, Spirits and Cocktails available
Owners: The Fitzgibbons Family
Bar Manager: Ian ‘The Man’ Kissane
Head Chef: Rhonda Scarlett
The Good Stuff
I’ve made the mistake of going to Kerbside hungry once. The menu is a great variety of Tapas style food, including menu items like garlic bread, prawn gyoza and, my personal favourite, the crumbed haloumi. Unfortunately, the portions are tapas sized, so an empty stomach requires a fair few items to fill the gap. That aside, the food is perfect for a nice snack while you enjoy some tasty beers, and are great for sharing with some friends. Keep in mind, however, that food only runs from Wednesday – Saturday after 5pm.
A large, daunting beer menu has to be accompanied by a knowledgeable, eager staff, and Kerbside delivers on that. The atmosphere straddles the line of kitschy, with old couches as the main seating and album covers adorning the walls. This is matched with a fairly industrial/warehouse feel with the exposed ceiling and the graffiti on the inside walls. This graffiti changes up with the regular Scribble Slam which features a battle of street artists.
Live music is also a staple at Kerbside, with blues, jazz, and funk on offer. When no band is playing, the live system will play everything from the Clash to Barenaked Ladies to Rod Stewart. Eclectic and eccentric is the best way to describe it.
The Inside Scoop (from Sarah Cook)
Who is the typical punter that comes into Kerbside?
Kerbside is a venue for the people, mostly people that love beer – we find we get a lot of them 😉
How do you select the beers on tap and what goes into the selection process?
Our tap beers are sourced from local Brisbane brewery, Bacchus Brewing Co, and Ross delivers new beers almost every week.
We are usually one of the first to tap some of Ross’ s weird and wonderful beers, with some of our most loved being the Apple Pie Ale, Espresso Dark Ale, and the Choc Cherry Stout.
What makes Kerbside unique from other beer venues?
Kerbside offers one of the largest range of craft beers in Brisbane with over 200 different beers and ciders on last count. Stocking around 200 beers and ciders is no easy task, but with a bit of hard work, and a lot of ‘tasting’ we manage pretty well. This list is forever changing and we are always searching for space in our fridge to squeeze in that one extra. We are unique in the way that not only do we serve 200+ beers, but our bartenders also have top-notch cocktail knowledge and our bespoke cocktails are some of the best in the valley.
Any other interesting facts or stories about Kerbside?
Kerbside was a drive thru bottle shop conversion; everything has been thoughtfully considered and hand picked by Kerbside staff, with all our unique furniture from ‘kerbside’ collections and second hand stores. This gives the venue its kitschy appearance and ultra comfy couches which have people coming back and back again (made evident by the bum imprints).
A big thank you to Sarah Cook and the good folks at Kerbside for helping out! Pictures courtesy of Kerbside.
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