Brisbane Beer Lovers Rejoice! Armakeggon 2023 is Here

Beer lovers, get ready to get your swig on. Armakeggon, Brisbane’s longest running and most loved craft beer festival, returns to West End on October 14 for its 12th year.

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Organised by the team at Archive Beer Boutique, Armakeggon brings together over 28 of Australia’s top craft breweries to serve up their tasty creations. For just $35, your ticket includes a tasting paddle of four beers to get you started.

Official Armakeggon 2023 Lineup

Last year’s event (Photo credit: Archive Beer Boutique/Facebook)

This year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before, with breweries like Aether, Mountain Goat, and Balter lining up to pour their latest concoctions. 

Aether Brewing will be showcasing their Biscoff Porter, with decadent notes of cinnamon balanced out by chocolate roast flavours. Mountain Goat Beer brings a rare barrel aged Imperial Stout called Lucille. Balter Brewing Company has brewed Swearwolves Black IPA exclusively for Armakeggon drinkers.

Armakeggon 2022 (Photo credit: Archive Beer Boutique/Facebook)

The festival features a stellar lineup of top Aussie breweries, with the full list available on Archive Beer Boutique’s social media page so you can plan out your beer tasting strategy. 

For those who want the ultimate Armakeggon experience, VIP tickets grant you access from 10:00 a.m. to be among the first to sample those limited release kegs before the crowds arrive. The $70 VIP ticket ensures you don’t miss out on any of the exclusive brews being tapped throughout the day. 

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Whilst tasting and chatting with the brewers, you can enjoy live music, catch some sun in the beer garden, and refuel with bites from the roaming food trucks onsite. There will also be games, giveaways and plenty of good times with fellow craft beer lovers.

With tickets selling fast, be sure to book now via Eventbrite. This event is set to be a hopping good time for all.

Published 5-October-2023

Quinn Hotels Acquires Archive Beer Boutique, Plans Multi-Million Dollar Makeover

Quin Hotels’ first major venture into Queensland promises to be a big one, with its $5-million acquisition of Archive Beer Boutique in tighly-held West End and its multi-million-dollar makeover plans for the venue.

Archive Beer Boutique’s leasehold was put on the market in 2021 with an expected price of about $5 million. The building comprises a bar, bistro and function rooms and a 2:00 am liquor license, plus the option of three detached bottleshops. It recently underwent a million-dollar makeover.

Jackson Quinn acquired the venue through a deal brokered by CBRE Hotels’ Paul Fraser and is reported to be near the expected price with its long-term lease having nearly 30 years tenure remaining.

“The tightly held nature of core West End entertainment establishments coupled with this asset’s size, scale, versatility and long tenure meant it was a compelling acquisition for the incoming owner,” Mr Fraser said.

“Given the abundance of infrastructure investment and projects currently underway in Brisbane combined with continued strong population growth and migration levels, we expect investor interest in inner-city offerings such as the Archive Beer Boutique to remain strong through 2023.”

The new acquisition follows Mr Quinn’s offloading of Ballina’s Australia Hotel last 2021 for $9.5 million. 

“I love Queensland and love Brisbane and I will be working closely with Green Finance Group on the next step we take here,” Mr Quinn said.

Archive Beer Boutique is a multi-level venue on a 1,335-sqm site at 100  Boundary Street within West End’s premier entertainment corridor. It has been operated by Kim Davies’ AusHotels for almost 17 years.

“We’re delighted that the new operator will take the Archive Beer Boutique to a new level while at the same time ensuring it will continue to a venue synonymous with offering the best craft beers in Australia,” Jim Davies said.

The new owner plans to invest in a multi-million-dollar makeover of the venue.

Published 11-February-2023

Archive Beer Boutique Now Up For Sale

The Archive Beer Boutique in West End, one of the pioneers of craft beers in Brisbane, is for sale and now accepting Expressions of Interest.

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Aushotel, the current owner of Archive Beer Boutique, has appointed CBRE Hotels to steer the sale of the 1,335-sqm property. Expressions of Interest will be received until 27 August 2021, unless sold prior. 

“Archive was Brisbane’s first and largest craft beer bar which continues to stand the test of time. Many of our great craft brews have all had their start and gained exposure and volume through Archive. Archive is still a significant volume driver for many craft brands on the market and has never poured a “mainstream’ beer on tap,” said Jim Davies, Aushotel Managing Director.

“The sale provides the opportunity for an incoming operator to tap into the continued evolution of the city’s craft beer market via a long-term, 31-year head lease over a building situated on one of Bisbane’s fastest-growing suburbs,” Paul Fraser, CBRE Hotels National Pubs Director, added. 

Archive Beer Boutique, located at 100 Boundary St in West End, has undergone a major renovation in 2018. The two-level building boasts a dedicated pool hall and multiple function spaces including booths style and couches. It’s located opposite the West Village, a new community that aims to rejuvenate an industrial West End site by delivering new residences, shops and places in the suburb.

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The asset comes with a full commercial late trading liquor licence until 2:00 a.m.and the ability to have three detached bottle shops within 10kms.

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The listing description also points out that buyers will gain instant ability to increase their beer brand equity and distribution with enough floor space available for an in-house satellite craft brewery. 

Because of strong interest in the pub, sources believe that offers could go from $4.5 million to $5 million. The listing description also noted that Archive Beer Boutique has a successful and consistent high cash flow business from inception over ten years ago.

For further details about the Archive Beer Boutique’s lease, see the listing here.

Archive Beer Boutique: West End Craft Beer Pioneer Up For Sale

The head lease of Archive Beer Boutique, a pioneer in the craft beer market in Brisbane, has been put up for sale. Aushotel Group has appointed CBRE to steer the deal of this landmark West End pub.

This is an opportunity for a new operator to make a mark in the ever-evolving craft beer market for the long term. The sale comes with a full, commercial late-trading liquor licence and the chance to build three bottle shops within 10 kilometres of the site.

Archive Beer Boutique is on Boundary Street and has thrived in this premier location for more than a decade. CBRE’s Paul Fraser said that the pub’s location, size and scale, and long tenure could easily generate interest from investors. The pub sits opposite West Village, which is undergoing urban renewal.

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The pub also enjoys a loyal following, even amidst a global crisis, and the hospitality industry has to adjust and adapt to the new normal. Fraser said that the vendor of the property has been looking to enjoy semi-retirement and offload his assets as the hospitality sector bounces back from COVID-19. 

Aushotel Group’s managing director, Jim Davies, said that Archive continues to be a “volume driver for many craft brands” even as different craft brews have been setting shop in Brisbane. 

Archive Beer Boutique spans 1,419 square metres and was recently renovated with a main restaurant on the ground floor and a Loft Bar for functions and evens on the second floor. 

Archive Beer Boutique Reopening for Exclusive Beer Dinners

Archive Beer Boutique is teaming up with some of the best craft beer breweries in Brisbane for a series of intimate beer dinners in West End.

“We’re really excited to be bringing craft beer back to West End with the Archive Beer Boutique intimate beer dinners. We’re teaming up with some of our favourite breweries to bring beer lovers an exciting experience that has definitely been missed during isolation,” General Manager Rick Kay explains.

“We will be following all required procedures to ensure the safety of our customers and team,” he added.

First up is a collaboration with local brewery Green Beacon Brewing and Young Henrys on Friday and Saturday, 29 & 30 May 2020. Excited West Enders eagerly snapped up all the slots for the first two sessions, prompting organisers to add two more sessions to meet demand.

Each dinner includes a drink on arrival and a three-course dinner, paired with carefully curated beers from the selected breweries and a surprise, limited-edition tasting.

Menu for Young Henrys & Green Beacon Brewing Beer Dinner

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Chipotle lime barramundi bao

Roast pumpkin, bacon & sage soup with crusty bread


Spinach feta chicken roulade on winter smash and broccolini topped with sundried hollandaise

Lamb shoulder pie with winter smash and broccolini


Black forest mousse with chocolate soil and black cherries

Spiced Poached pear with warm custard & nut crumble

Spots are extremely limited with a maximum of 10 guests per session so it’s wise to book fast.

Tickets for the Green Beacon Brewing and Young Henrys dinner are $69 (+BF) and are available here. Stay tuned for future beer dinners and announcing guest breweries on the Archive Beer Boutique event page.

Armakeggon 2018 is Back with its First-Ever Two-Day Event in West End

Craft beer fans, get ready for the signature event of West End’s Archive Beer Boutique. Armakeggon 2018 is back and promises to be bigger and better this year!

This year’s ultimate beer fest will be held over a two-day span for the first time ever, on 25-26 August 2018.

Beer lovers are sure to get a load of quality booze as Armakeggon 2018 features over 50 craft beers and ciders from Australia and around the world on rotating taps.

If you are going to the event with a very competitive friend, you can check out several games that will be up for everyone to enjoy such as their amazing race competition, beer trivia, brewery stall games, giant Jenga and much more. Plus, aim for bragging rights and try to be crowned King or Queen of Armakeggon.

From its humble beginnings in 2010, the “annual pilgrimage to hop and malt utopia” has fully transformed into a much-loved Brisbane craft beer institution. Brewery stalls,  exclusive merchandise, and live music will also be available at the event.

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Photo credit: Archive Beer Boutique/Facebook

Event highlights include Country vs. Country tap takeovers on Saturday and one-off international speciality releases on Sunday. Ticket costs $20 (plus booking fee) for general admission and one ticket gets you entry to both days.

Armakeggon 2018 will be running from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 25-26 August 2018 at the Archive Beer Boutique located at 100 Boundary Street, West End. Visit their website or Facebook page for more information.

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