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Stone & Wood’s long-awaited Fortitude Valley brewery and taphouse has finally received development approval from the Brisbane City Council. The celebrated Byron Bay brewer announced the news on Monday in a media release on its website.
All going to schedule, the 90-seat 600-litre project will be pouring beers by the spring.
Originally scheduled to open earlier this year, heritage concerns at the 99 Bridge Street location led to significant delays for Stone & Wood owners Jamie Cook, Brad Rodgers and Ross Jurisich. “Due to the nature of working with a heritage-listed structure, the opening date was postponed so the building’s owner could undertake rectification work needed to install a working brewery,” the media release reads.
“The building really is beautiful … and so we’ve prioritised its integrity and heritage elements. Work is currently underway to prepare the building across the coming months.”
The brewery and taphouse will occupy an old warehouse and former custom motorcycle shop. It will pour Stone & Wood’s regular line-up alongside limited-edition beers brewed in house.
Jurisich told Australian Brews News in August last year that the venue would be a Brisbane base for the brand as well as a “home away from home for us”.
“It’s an extension of the Byron Bay tasting room as well as a training space for our customers to come and learn about our beers,” Jurisich told Brews News.
So while there will be a beer hall, tasting room and function venue, this definitely isn’t a pub.
“We imagine it to be a place for casual mid-week work drinks, Friday afternoon knock-offs and weekends out in the Valley,” the media release reads. “We see it, like our brewery in Byron Bay, as a place to slow down and connect.
“While our Brisbane brewery will be open until 10pm every day to reflect the location’s urban pace, it isn’t a pub, a late-night or dedicated music venue; we won’t serve cocktails or spirits, and there’ll be no TVs, pokies or a TAB.”
Alongside the brewery will be a merchandise outlet and space for community events and training workshops for the company’s trade partners – plus a huge range of beers, of course.
Stone & Wood’s move up the highway follows iconic Scottish brewery Brew Dog’s now-scaled-down plan to establish its local operations in Brisbane, adding further weight to a Brisbane brewpub market that in 2017 was the fastest growing in Australia.