You could spend your entire night out inside Cloudland and not want for anything. Between the venue’s two bars, Italian-inspired restaurant space, plethora of private booths and spacious dance floor, most whims are catered for. But what about breezy rooftop sundowners? Up until now Cloudland’s cavernous palais-inspired interior only extends up a few floors but, come late spring, the building’s rooftop will open to the public as Valley Hops Brewing – a standalone brewhouse and bar operating under shining rays and twinkling starlight. Katarzyna Group (also the seasoned operators behind Press Club) has been hard at work transforming the rooftop space into a first-of-its-kind drinking destination, with a two vessel 15BBL brewhouse nestled at the core of venue, which will be fashioned out of a material palette of stone, brick and metal. A metalwork arbour will be coated in lush vines and a bespoke leadlight made with coloured glass will cast vivid hues across the rooftop space. Meanwhile, wooden picnic tables, booths and high-bar seats (plus built-in benches ringing a large fire pit) will offer plenty of opportunities to sink a cold one and take in the scenic views.
The Valley Hops Brewing team has tabbed Josh Warren (formerly of Green Beacon Brewing) as head brewer. He’s already hard at work nailing the brewery’s core range, which will include a light-bodied lager, tropical ale, fruity sour, pale ale, an IPA and a Hazy IPA – all named after different people, places and famous Fortitude Valley moments. Each brew is made to not only tell the story of Brisbane’s nightlife district, but double as fuel for those eager to add a few more tales in the history books. Non-beer drinkers will able to order from a list of premium wines, while a food menu will offer a host of bite-sized morsels cooked in Valley Hops Brewing’s own charcoal grill and woodfired pizza oven.
Valley Hops Brewing is set to open before the end of spring. Stay tuned for more info!