Howard Smith Wharves’ Felons Brewing Co. is Brisbane’s latest venue to open its doors, brewery beer and serving up delicious food. Nestled on the banks of the Brisbane River, under Story Bridge, the new venue is following in the steps of Wharves’ tradition by proudly displaying their name on the roof of the brewery, measuring a whopping 47 metres long and 5 metres wide.
Howard Smith Wharves founder, Adam Flaskas, said, “We are proud of being able to bring a brewery to the people of Brisbane right on their riverfront. It felt like a fitting nod to the past that we put the brewery name on the roof, as for how Howard Smith had originally done when he inhabited the warehouses. This is just another step in bringing Howard Smith Wharves back to their former glory. Over the coming months, you will be able to see more names go onto the remaining two sheds.”
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said Brisbane residents and visitors could raise a glass to the new brewery, thanks to Council’s support for the more extensive Howard Smith Wharves revitalisation. “For many years the heritage-listed wharf buildings have been closed to the public, however, thanks to a three-year restoration project, the precinct has been reimagined into a vibrant lifestyle precinct for both residents and tourists,” Cr Quirk said.
The brewery is named after four felons who were the first settlers to find the Brisbane River and the team behind the brewery want to proudly tell the original founding story to the locals and beyond.
“We fell in love with the story of the felons who were the first – after local indigenous Australians – to discover Brisbane River,” explains General Manager Ash Cranston, formerly of Little Creatures. “It seemed to reflect our core values of discovery, freedom and fearlessness, and it made sense to name ourselves after a story linked to the foundation of Brisbane, and the river where our home is.”
“We’ve engaged renowned Australian contemporary painter and installation artist Anthony Lister to help us revitalising an old wooden 13.5m trawler boat as an ode to the Four Felons which will be completed by December 1st 2018. We’re excited to invite families to throw out a picnic rug on the grass, grab a six-pack of Felons Beer, a parcel of traditional fish and chips and kick back in beautiful natural surrounds,” continued Ash Cranston.
The beer is freshly brewed onsite at Howard Smith Wharves, and there is a little something for everything. Expect a great range of beers and ciders, along with delicious food.
“We’re focusing on brewing natural and balanced beers of no fuss, and we won’t compromise when it comes to quality and consistency. We are really conscious of keeping our impact on the planet as low as possible – during my many years in brewing I’ve learnt the little things count as much as the big initiatives,” said Head Brewer Tom Champion.
“We are on a journey of discovery, taking inspiration from nature and our home down under the story bridge in Brisbane, Australia. We’re proud brewers, and we believe in brewing with passion and freedom. We brew harmoniously balanced beer which celebrates fresh and locally grown ingredients. We strive to brew drinkable, flavoursome beer, which is a bit like us: not to be taken too seriously,” said Tom Champion.
Once the Howard Smith Wharves precinct is fully opened, the brewery will host events working and supporting locals local artisans and musicians. The Aussies founders are keen to impart is that they’re ‘brewed for Brisbane – by us, for you’ and are developing new ways to unite Brisbanites through pleasurable beers.