Me, my wife, and close friends (with teenage daughter) did the barbeque tour (the two late tours on Wednesdays and Fridays have an Australian barbeque) on August 28. Although our friends were a bit late getting there, the staff got them caught up with the rest of us in no time. The tour was extremely well organized and the tour guide (Jess) was well-trained in the facts of the brewing operations as well as being highly personable. I've been on many brewery tours over the years, and this was the first that had a cost, but it was well worth it. I enjoyed the BBQ, although my companions rated this less so mainly because it was different from what they expected (there is a difference between sausages and burgers in Aussie BBQs compared to what you would get in your usual US experience--no hot dogs, but a meaty beef sausage, a low fat burger and BBQ chicken wings with salads, rolls, and a baked potato) . There beer tasting at the end is major highlight in a pub with free video music selections to boot. Try the special dry beer that is only available there--it is much more like a standard German lager/pilsner than most Aussie beers--nice crisp taste! The staff in the pub was extremely friendly and everyone got the chance to be trained in the best beer pouring protocol. We were lucky to meet the manager who trains and oversees the pub and tour staff--he was a friendly brewing expert with a knack for great jokes too! He re-opened the gift shop for us and gave us a taste of the special pale ale that uses hops from the Pacific Northwest. Also, beer in Queensland is much more expensive than in the US (primarily because of taxes); the four beers (about 10 ounces each) at the end of the tour would cost you the tour price if you bought them in a Brisbane bar.
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