The Castlemaine Perkins Brewery has long been a source of pride for Queenslanders, with many a Brisbanite pointing out the holy grail of Aussie-produced beer to interstate visitors. But how much do we really know of the wonders within the iconic red brick walls? The best way to find out is with the fun, informative and ultimately imbibing tour of the Milton landmark.
The tour kicks off in the XXXX Ale House Visitor Centre, with a short history of beer and the origins of the brand. Your guide then takes you through the various areas of the brewery, where you find out all there is to know about the production of beer, from the raw ingredients and brewing process through to bottling, packing and distribution.
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The tour gets you right in on the action - you watch the packing line whiz along with the newest batch of liquid amber, find out why beer bottles are different colours, learn how to pour the perfect beer, and soak up the smells and sounds of the heritage-listed building.
But it's thirsty work, so luckily the tour concludes in the XXXX Ale House Bar, where you can sample the famous beverages you've been learning about. Four glasses of beer are included in the ticket price. The Ale House also has a tasty lunch and snacks menu if you're feeling peckish.
The tour runs for about an hour and a quarter - to book, click here. A tour and barbecue option is also available, as are group bookings - see details here. Don't forget to wear closed-in shoes.
Why? To prove that you can organise a booze-up in a brewery
When:Every hour from 11am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 6pm Wednesday evenings and 12:30pm Saturdays (note that the packaging lines don't operate on weekends).
Where:Corner of Black and Paten Streets, Milton
Cost:COST: Adults $22, concessions and groups of 10 or more $20, non-drinking adults $18, children 10-18 years $15, children under 10 years free. Four 285mL glasses of beer are included in the adult, concession and group of 10 ticket prices.