Fair drinkin’: Australian locals worth getting to know / by Nic Crilly-Hargrave

We’ve come a long way from stubby coolers and cans of Castlemaine XXXX, gently perspiring in a January heatwave. From sausages and barbecues and bottles of VB bobbing in a paddling pool. 

But what we drink – and where we drink it – continues to say a lot about us. In this series of photographs, Original Gravity explores why, when it comes to drinking beer in Australia, everybody’s needs good neighbour(hood taproom)s.

Stomping Ground Brewery - Melbourne
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Stomping Ground Brewery - Melbourne

Barefoot beer drinkers roll in from the surf to the serving hatch at Lost Palms for a pot of sessionable Summer golden ale. It’s all sun-bleached t-shirts and tropical pastels at this Miami watering hole. 

Lost Palms Brewery - Gold Coast
Lost Palms Brewery - Gold Coast
Lost Palms Brewery - Gold Coast

Further along Queensland’s Gold Coast, a neon smile glows as the sun sets over Balter’s industrial-chic warehouse in Burleigh, while Stone & Wood’s colourful, cavernous taproom pedals good vibes and tasting paddles. A different postcode, a different personality.

Balter Brewing - Gold Coast
Balter Brewing - Gold Coast
Stone and Wood Brewery - Byron Bay
Stone and Wood Brewery - Byron Bay
Stone and Wood Brewery - Byron Bay