Tuesday, December 31, 2013

XXXX beer at the Breakfast Creek Hotel, Brisbane

The sketch below is of the Breakfast Creek Hotel in Newstead in Brisbane known for it's steak. You have to love your steak for the A$40 price tag. 

This hotel also gets a mention in Midnight Oil's Dreamworld along with Cloudland. The Breakfast Creek Hotel still stands but Brisbane lost a lot of what would now be considered heritage buildings during the 1970s and 1980s - Cloudland was one of them. Midnight Oil was a 1980s/90s rock band that was active in aiding environmental and indigenous causes. 

The sign above the Breakfast Creek Hotel proudly displays XXXX - 'The Popular Beer'. It's brewed here in Brisbane. I think we went to the brewery 3-4 times for our chemical engineering practicals during university.     

There is rivalry with the other Australian states - all in good fun. The jokes at the time used to say - why do Queenslanders name their beer XXXX? - because they can't spell it.

Have a Happy New Year!



  1. Super Sketch Assuka. Happy New Year to you too!!

  2. Wonderful watercolour Asuka! The XXXX sign actually looks quite pretty painted by your brush.

  3. Happy New Year, Asuka! What a lovely work!! May 2014 will be a wonderful year for you.
    Best wishes, Sadami

  4. Thanks for sharing to us your beautiful artwork. And hope that I can visit the real hotel. thanks!
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  5. Thanks Judy, Chantal, Sadami and Ren!

    I was looking for something that looks uniquely "Australian" or "Queensland". The paper was drying really quickly - partly because I was trialling a different sketchbook as it was recommended to me and I couldn't control the flow and partly because it was a hot day.

    I really wanted to paint in the weekend uniform of the guys that inhabit the Breakfast Creek Hotel - T-shirt, shorts and thongs. Next time!

  6. haha. name's full of humor behind it. A lot of people should enjoy being there! These kind of restaurants make Queensland super cool.

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