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Brisbane Airport to welcome distillery

A distillery is set to open at Brisbane Airport next year as part of a new development that also includes a brewery and mini golf.

Brisbane Airport
The airport will welcome a distillery, brewery, beer garden and tennis courts

The Australian airport has partnered with Green Beacon Brewing Company and Golf Central to open a ‘one-of-a-kind’ entertainment destination, called Landers Pocket.

Brisbane-based Green Beacon will run the distillery and brewery, while Golf Central will operate the 800-person capacity hospitality offering.

Richard Shrosbery, general manager of Green Beacon Brewing Company, said: “Green Beacon has been a part of the Brisbane community at Teneriffe for over a decade, and this expansion will be a huge springboard for our brand. We want to bring people together to connect, talk, laugh and have fun – and we believe this new precinct will enable that.”

The development will feature other entertainment elements including a second mini golf course, padel tennis courts, multiple function and event spaces, and a beer garden.

Golf Central’s existing golf driving range at the airport will also double in size and include ball tracking in every bay.

“Brisbane Airport is thrilled to welcome this exciting development. It promises to provide travellers with a unique and memorable destination at BNE [Brisbane Airport], while also becoming a landmark venue for Brisbane residents,” said Martin Ryan, executive general manager – commercial at Brisbane Airport.

“In 2025, this will be the newest venue for Brisbane to experience, injecting jobs and vibrancy into the Skygate precinct of the airport.

“The naming of Landers Pocket is a nice nod to history and the market garden that occupied part of the airport site a century ago.”

The development is expected to open in early 2025.

Distillers in Australia currently pay the third-biggest spirits tax in the world.

A trade body recently warned that the Australian government’s “outdated policy settings and inaction” has resulted in Australian spirits having a “significant competitive disadvantage” in its home market and across the world.

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