Pumpyard Bar & Brewery
Pumpyard Bar and Brewery is the jewel in Ipswich’s crown - the first brewery to grace the historic city since 1903, residing in the beautiful heritage-listed 88 Limestone Street precinct.
The grand ornate brick buildings in the precinct were Ipswich’s first technical college, the first one purpose built in 1901 as a memorial to Queen Victoria (who died two weeks before she was due to visit) and the other three built in the same style between then and 1941.
The college has been meticulously restored to its former glory and the splendid Pumpyard Bar and Brewery has made its home in the character-filled basement of one of the buildings. Not only is this a beer paradise worth travelling to, it is something of a foodie haven, churning out delicious bar food prepared from scratch on site that is a perfect match for its beer. And no need to leave the children behind – there’s a special kids menu and loads of room for prams.
In keeping with its working purpose, the Pumpyard is decked out with industrial décor that enhances the high-ceilinged cavernous space: naked light bulbs, exposed ducts, rustic red brick walls with arched windows and timber work-style benches and tables and the all-important shiny brewing tanks.
On tap are craft brews including Challenger Light Ale Longshot Session, Summer Wheat (German-style beer), Seasonal Indie Red and, in a nod to Ipswich’s mining past, Imperial Coal Miners Stout, along with Guest Taps Brewcult Spoiler Alert, Killer Sprocket, Rogue Dead Guy Ale and Hills Cloudy Apple Cider.
From the exhaustive list of Guest Bottled Beer can be found Smoked Porter, Espresso Stout, Apricot Wheat Ale, Pomegranate Saison, Pilsner and Peated Imperial Stout and the hefty Guest Bottled Cider menu is divided into 8 types including sweet, medium dry, dry and tangy and barrel aged and dry.
While beer is the raison d’etre here, there’s also a small boutique wine list of red, white, rose, sparking and moscato and spirits including House Pours Mount Gay Rum, Wyborowa Vodka, Bulldog Gin, Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky and Bullet Bourbon Whiskey.
And, for non-drinkers, there’s standard soft drinks and a range of The Juice Guy juices.
As much as the drinks at Pumpyard are, the food here is also a highlight, with a delectable menu of snacks and casual meals to choose from.
Lighter options include BBQ chicken wings with sugarcane and garlic yoghurt, or plates of mini house-made calzones with fillings like beef cheek and blue cheese or mushroom, goats cheese and thyme.
For something more substantial, the Beef Cheek Burger comes highly recommended and is virtually melt-in-the-mouth, served on premise-baked brioche with onion rings, blue cheese and tamarind.
Or there’s pizzas with toppings like Tomato and Buffalo Mozzarella or Pork Belly, Mint Yoghurt and Malt or try the Pork Belly or Soft Shell Crab Souvlaki (the latter comes wrapped in house flatbread with pickled radish, garlic yoghurt and shallots).
And a must-try for an absolute treat is the in-house beer ice-cream.
There’s also a kids menu that includes Peperoni pizza, Cheeseburger Souvlaki or Crumbed chicken and chips.
Need to know – Pumpyard Bar and Brewery pedestrian entrance is on the corner of Ellenborough St and South Street – head down the stairs and to the left you’ll see the outdoor courtyard of the Pumpyard, Drive-in entrance is off South St and there is limited parking spaces onsite here.
Nice to know – The giant fig tree overlooking the car park is older than the buildings and it too is heritage-listed.
The menu may have changed since our visit.
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Pumpyard Bar & Brewery
88 Limestone St