How we started
With a background in building and accommodation management, Mike and Wendy couldn't knock back the chance to restore the old Mount Alford General Store. After commuting between Brisbane and their weekend property for a number of years, they made their tree change to the Scenic Rim permanent. Mike sought his accreditation and went to beer university in Berlin whilst Wendy explored her European heritage and got to work with Oma's recipe book.
The brewery was born in 2013 with the birth of our first two larrikins - Digga's Pale Ale and Fat Man Maroon Ale. The restoration work and retrofitting a complete brewery setup didn't see the brewery doors officially open until 2016.
The shop was in a bad way but as much of her heritage was reserved as possible. The front awning was in danger of collapse and there were many local rumours about what resided under the floorboards! The floor to ceiling shelves were retained, the original serving counter and floorboards stripped back, solar power and a brand new rear deck added. Our beer tasting paddle boards were originally part of the back before we widened the doors to get our copper brew tanks inside.
Where is Scenic Rim Brewery?
Scenic Rim Brewery is located in the tiny town of Mount Alford, just south of Boonah and east of Lake Moogerah.
Just over an hour's drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast
Driving from Brisbane or Ipswich:
Follow the signs to Warwick following the Cunningham Highway.
Take the Ipswich-Boonah Rd exit for a scenic country drive, head south through Boonah and turn right off Boonah-Rathdowney Rd onto Mount Alford Rd after the airfield,
OR continue on the Cunningham Highway to Aratula following the signs to Lake Moogerah, drive around the dam until Lake Moogerah Dam Rd joins Mount Alford Rd.
Driving from the Gold Coast:
Head west through Nerang and Canungra, continue to Beaudesert and through to Boonah via Beaudesert-Boonah Rd, turn left onto Ipswich-Boonah Rd, head south through Boonah and turn right off Boonah-Rathdowney Rd onto Mount Alford Rd after the airfield.
What are your opening hours?We are open 10am-5pm Thursday to Sunday. The brewery is closed Monday to Wednesday. Contact us for more information or check our social pages for special public holiday opening hours.
Should I book a table?We strongly encourage table bookings, particularly on weekends and during school holidays. Make a booking request via the Our Cafe page.
Are you open Public Holidays?Check our Facebook page for special events and exceptions to our standard operating hours. We're closed Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day.
Where is Mount Alford?Our tiny town is located 10mins south of Boonah in the beautiful Scenic Rim - just over an hour from Brisbane of the Gold Coast.
Where is your beer made?All our beer is made onsite by our head brewer Mike. Admire our copper kettles and view our production directly from the cafe floor.
What if I don't drink beer?We don't discriminate, but will always try to change your mind! Our menu includes wine, cider, tea, coffee, milkshakes and cold drinks.
Are you dog friendly?Unfortunately our venue is no longer dog friendly. As dog lovers, it saddens us to change these rules, but due to incidents with unsociable animals we need to ensure the safety and comfort of our customers is guaranteed.
Are you wheelchair friendly?Yes! Our premises include ramp access and disabled amenities.
Do you cater for large group, bus trips and other functions?"We welcome pre-arranged coach tours on Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact us for more information and to make a booking.
Do you cater for dietary requirements?Our menu includes vegan, vegetarian and gluten-friendly options. PLEASE NOTE: As a working brewery we are unable to comply with the Coeliac Australia Gluten Free Standards. Our brewing grain is milled in house and we do not have separate cooking areas to prepare gluten free items. Menu items marked with a (G) were free from gluten when brought into our kitchen, but we cannot guarantee cross contamination during the preparation process. Please speak to us if you need assistance with dietary needs.
Do you have eftpos?Yes we have eftpos facilities, but sorry no cash out.
Is there accommodation nearby?Find a large range of accommodation here.