Brewdog’s Dogtap taproom is a 420-seat bar and bistro with views into the brewery on one side and out across the Brisbane River and the towering Gateway Bridge on the other.
It’s a handsome, well-thought-out space, defined by rough-hewed timber, banks of blue leather booths and an enormous keg feature wall. Outside, lines of communal tables catch the long riverside sunsets before being illuminated by the gentle glow of festoon lighting at night.
Brewdog’s food menu is extensive. It ranges from Korean-style chicken wings and burgers right through to barramundi fritters and an 800-gram tomahawk steak. There’s also a generous plant-based section that includes burgers built from seitan and Beyond Meat proteins.
Still, it’s the beer that will pull the punters through the door. On tap there's 28 beers, including the brewer’s core Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club pale ale, Zombie Cake chocolate porter and Boss Lager, backed by its Hazy Jane New England IPA and Elvis Juice grapefruit IPA, and then a stack of rotationals that will change almost daily. Eight taps are given over to guest brewers.
The venue’s easy-going vibes make this feel like Brisbane’s love for the suburban brewpub, at scale. There’s even a cute “Desk Dog” workspace initiative, where office jockeys from the surrounding commercial estate can bring in a laptop, hand over a tenner and drink coffee all day before knocking off with a pint of Punk IPA – the public areas are littered with power points just for this purpose.