There are few things more Australian than beer, and few things more of a “Queensland” version of that beer than XXXX; it’s an iconic and locally-conceived drop that many Aussies have surely tasted at one point - yet few venues that serve it in such a way as Brisbane’s **Breakfast Creek Hotel**. Built in the late 1800’s and a longstanding fixture of Brisbane city, the hotel is renowned for serving XXXX “off the wood”; that’s “straight out of a wooden keg” for the uninitiated. While it might seem like a small difference, the impact the serving style has on flavour can’t be understated - it’s a world apart from your now-standard stainless steel kegs and reflects the hotel’s old-world bent to a tee. If you’re looking to partake in such an indulgence, “The Creek” as it’s colloquially known is your only option in all of Queensland in which to do so. The building itself, meanwhile, remains an attraction in itself, with its mix of French leanings mixed with typically Aussie construction making for a unique backdrop in which to sample a pint or three. It’s not a veritable hub of different sub-bars and dining areas contained within, and offers some quality food as well. Those with a hankering for a reasonably-priced steak (or steak roll or pie variants) will be in their element here, which can be enjoyed with some outdoor seating overlooking the water. Recent efforts have been made to modernise and diversify inside more as well, and now those with more of a tongue for spirits, cocktails and rums in particular will be spoiled for choice. There’s a reason it’s still often hard to get a table after all this time - the Breakfast Creek Hotel is an absolute “Brissy” institution and looks to remain so for the foreseeable future.