The Bavarian Beerhaüs brings 40 beers and carnivalesque escapades to Brisbane
The Bavarian Beerhaüs turns on the taps to Queensland’s best selection of beer and a fairground-inspired eating and entertainment experience when it opens at the RNA Showgrounds at 11am on Friday 25th May.
Located in the Showgrounds’ refurbished dining precinct, King Street Co-Op, at the heritage-listed site of the iconic Royal Snack Bar, The Bavarian Beerhaüs is a beer lover’s playground with 40 brews on tap, including over 30 classic styles. Staying true to its Bavarian roots, Beerhaüs boasts Queensland’s largest range of pure German draught beers, including those by Löwenbräu, Franziskaner, Stiegl and Hofbräu.
The Bavarian line-up is bolstered by a large range of Australian craft beers, including house brews supplied by Urban Craft Brewing Co., and others by Hope Brewhouse, Green Beacon, Newstead, Stone & Wood, Burleigh Brewing Co, and Young Henry’s. New Zealand brewery Monteith’s joins the party, as does legendary Californian craft brewer Lagunitas, which brings exclusive limited-edition Undercover Shutdown (Uber ESB), Hop Stoopid (Double IPA), Maximus (Imperial IPA), Lucky 13 (Red Ale). Beerhaüs is the only Queensland venue with Lagunitas IPA on tap.
Craft beers also feature in a range of cocktails, while those looking for something less beery can embrace espresso martinis on tap, a large range of schnapps, and huge, frozen Margaritas, borrowed from Sydney’s El Camino Cantina.
A one-of-its-kind in Queensland, the 350-seat, Bohemian-inspired, warehouse-style space preserves the heritage features of the original Royal Snack Bar and adds a cool, post-industrial edge with concrete finishes, bare brick walls, an exposed ceiling structure and vintage-themed artwork and accessories. A leafy, outdoor beer garden runs the length of the building, seating 150 guests.
To help soak up the hops hit is a BBQ menu of haus specialities, including smoked pork belly with sweet BBQ sauce, BBQ coffee-spice rubbed pork ribs, and spice-rubbed Wagyu tri tip steak with BBQ sauce. A BBQ platter for two guests to share includes a giant pretzel, BBQ pork ribs, smoked pork belly, hot link sausages and chicken wings.
In tribute to its Bavarian heritage, classic dishes such as crispy pork knuckle, crackling pork belly, an assortment of schnitzels, a range of classic German and gourmet sausages, and shared meat platters also feature on the menu.
Additionally, a quaint ‘Royal Snack Bar’ menu pays homage to the Showgrounds’ tradition, with a range of dagwood dogs, chicken wings served by the half kilo with BBQ or buffalo sauce, and loaded fries with toppings such as pickled onion, smoked belly, sour cream and coriander; crispy bacon, Cheddar and chipotle mayo; and Kielbasa, sautéed onion, bier jus and shallots. A whimsical strawberry sundae is a nostalgic nod to a bygone era of once-a-week childhood treats and showground indulgence. Complimentary ‘Royal Snacks’, including mini loaded fries, dagwood dogs and chicken wings, are served with drinks daily from 4pm-6pm.
Beerhaüs will host a launch weekend beer carnival and fun fair from 11am until late on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May. A celebration of the curious and colourful, the two-day event includes roving fire twirlers, feathered showgirls, hula hoop performers and stilt walkers. Roll up, roll up for magician demonstrations, tarot card readings and a circus-themed photo booth. Circus-inspired grown-up games such as hoop toss and Strong Man will be hosted by the Beerhaüs’ very own jovial ‘Ringmaster’.
Complementing the carnivalesque cast are six formidable brew masters who will head behind the bar to host Meet the Brewer sessions, showcase their brews, run competitions and raffles, and give away prizes. Ceremonial keg taps will be held every hour on Saturday afternoon. Show-goers and beer aficionados can keep hunger pangs at bay with 10¢ chicken wings and $2 hot dogs all weekend.
The fun and games don’t end with the launch weekend. A daily dose of food and drink specials and adult shenanigans are an always-on feature of this novel, new Beerhaüs. The weekly program includes:
- Monday: All You Can Meat Platters ($39pp) + Ping Pong Tournament
- Tuesday: All-Day $2 Mini Hot Dogs + Trivia
- Wednesday: 10¢ Wings + Comedy Night
- Thursday: $20 Schnitz Blitz (Schnitty & 300ml beer) + Shuffle Board Showdown
- Friday: Foosball Tournament + Friday Night Footy
- Saturday: Live Bands & Performances
- Sunday Funday: Giant Adult Games + Free Hot Dog With Every Stein
Rockpool Dining Group Chief Executive Officer Thomas Pash said The Bavarian Beerhaüs is devoted to two things: good beer and good times.
“We’re heroing beer, both classic Bavarian and cult craft brews, and partnering them with a playfulness that is quintessential to the Queensland way of life,” Mr Pash said. “There is nothing like Beerhaüs in Queensland: it’s both a novelty and tribute to revered tradition. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that’s not to be missed.”
**Information Courtesy of The Bavarian/Rockpool Dining Group – Rachel Lebihan
**Image Credits to The Bavarian & Anna Kucera – supplied by Rockpool Dining Group
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