Paradox Beer Lab

The Paradox Beer Laboratory was started by Russell – a biochemist and beer lover – who runs this lab out of his home. His experimenting has resulted in some incredible craft beers loved by the locals, including an American IPA and an imperial breakfast stout with flavours of maple syrup and coffee. Not only does he brew these incredible beers to be served up at local events and bars (such as the Pick and Shovel Craft Bar below), but he also shares all of his recipes on his website for those brave enough to attempt brewing at home.
Where: On tap in Molly Malone’s Irish Pub & various events around Townsville QLD. 
Pick & Shovel Craft Bar in Molly Malone’s Irish Pub

Check out Pick & Shovels craft beers
Check out Pick & Shovels craft beers

The Pick and Shovel is part of Molly Malone’s Irish Pub and calls itself Townsville’s first beer lovers’ bar. As mentioned above, Paradox Beer Lab can often be found on tap here as a guest beer, but Pick and Shovel also has an impressive range of regular brews. On tap you’ll find James Squire and Little Creatures beers, including the James Squire Sundown beer famous for its citrus and fresh grass palate. You’ll also find rare bottled beers such as the Kosciusko pale, brewed in the highest brewery in Australia, and the Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale which is well known for its rich colour and toffee flavours. If malts and hops aren’t quite your thing, check out their on tap and bottled ciders for a refreshing drink.
Where: 87-95 Flinders Street, Townsville City QLD 4810
Shaw & Co

Grab some balls and a beer at Shaw & Co
Grab some balls and a beer at Shaw & Co

Shaw & Co is a bar with balls, literally. If you’re after a specialty beer alongside some meatballs, then check out this bar in the wall. Shaw & Co is coupled with delicious food and award-nominated architecture to go alongside their quirky menu. You’ll find delicious beers such as the Blue Moon Belgian White wheat ale with flavours of orange and oats to create a sweet and creamy craft beer. If you’ve downed a few beers and want something to break it up then you have to try the Fairy Floss Windmills cocktail with vanilla vodka, elderflower liquor, apple juice, cranberry juice and fairy floss.
Where: 373 Flinders Street, Townsville City QLD 4810
Flynn’s Irish Bar & Bistro

For Guinness lovers, head to Flynns
For Guinness lovers, head to Flynn’s

This bar is the place to go if you love a good international beer or need to be acquainted with the country that invented drinking. While they serve up Australian favourites such as James Squire, you’ll be happy to know Flynn’s has foreign faves like Guinness and Kilkenny. If drinking beer by itself isn’t exciting enough for you, then check out their weekly beer pong competitions on a Tuesday night for a bit of fun.
Where: 101 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810
If you’ve tasted an exceptional beer in Townsville and it’s not on our list, comment and let us know!