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Just brew it: Sydney’s Best Breweries

Paying a visit to the sacred locations where our favourite drops are crafted needn’t involve packing up shop and heading away for the weekend. No longer relegated to the outskirts of Sydney, distilleries, cellar doors and most importantly, breweries are popping up the city over and it is our pleasure to introduce you to some of the leading spots to quench your thirst.


A pearl in Sydney’s brewing scene, Wildflower creates wild, mixed fermentation beers from a diverse culture of brewer’s yeast, wild yeasts and bacteria. Stocked in a swathe of Sydney’s most reputable restaurants, a visit to their cellar door for a Tour & Tasting session guarantees an enlightening foray into the brewery’s old-world methods and ethos.

11- 13 Brompton Street, Marrickville

This Friday, July 6th we are releasing🍒ST THOMAS 2018🍒at 3pm AEST at our cellar door and on our online store alongside Keen as Mustard. . ST THOMAS is an Australian Wild Ale refermented with cherries. It is named for Chris and his wife’s first son. Saint Thomas Aquinas was an immensely influential 13th century philosopher and theologian. . In 2018, it was made from refermenting our aged Amber on 200kg of tree ripened Morello cherries from @thornbrookorchard in Orange, NSW. The fruit took us three days, and a whole lot of help from our friends, to destem. These cherries had some of the most amazing flavour we have ever tasted in fresh fruit. They were brimming with juiciness that paired perfectly with their clean tartness. More than a few did not make it into the beer. Full production notes can be found on the link in our bio. . St Thomas pours an earthy garnet red colour. Aromas of sweet cherry and red creaming soda dominate before opening up with spice, marzipan and bretty funk. Seamless palate, red fruits upfront meld with the richer textured mid palate complementing each other perfectly. Brett funk and nuttiness draw the palate out to a wonderful completion. . To celebrate the release of this beer, we will be hosting the toasties masters @greatwheelsofcheese to our cellar door on Saturday July 7th. . This beer is likely one of the richest we have released to date and is very well suited for wintertime drinking. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! . -topher

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The Lord Nelson

A true Sydney icon, the sandstone walls of the Lord Nelson house the country’s oldest pub-brewery, and its strictly natural ales are not to be taken lightly. While the Lord Nelson’s award-winning brews (Three Sheets is renowned) are recognized across the globe, it goes without saying that the beer is best enjoyed by sinking a pint or two on a stool by the bar.

19 Kent Street, The Rocks

NOMAD Brewing Co

Marrying a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion behind the Italian brewing style at Birra Del Borgo with the unique flavours of Australia, NOMAD has produced one of Australia’s favourite craft beers from their brewery in Brookvale. The venue keeps 11 taps constantly rotating and sources rare beers from across the globe to keep your palate entertained

5 Sydenham Road, Brookvale

Frenchies Bistro and Brewery

This Rosebery haunt is a must if you’re a veritable Francophile, helmed by two ‘Frenchies’ the brewery teams expertly crafted beer (three staples plus a smattering of seasonal brews) with Parisian leaning ‘bistronomy.’ Situated within The Cannery – Rosebery’s foodie mecca – you’d be well advised to settle in and make a night of it.

The Cannery, 6/61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery


Young Henry’s

Possibly the most recognizable of the Sydney brew-slew, Young Henry’s crashed onto the scene in 2012 and garnered an instantaneously cult following. Their 5 leading beers (plus a cider and burgeoning gin and moonshine distillations) are stocked in venues the city over, but a visit to the YH bar is best to get intimate with the hops and their low-impact brewing mantra.

76 Wilford Street, Newtown

Batch Brewing Co

Doing things the old school way, this brewery keeps things traditional with a ‘batch-by-batch’ approach to crafting their golden ales. To make the most of their ever-expanding repertoire, grab a few mates to guzzle a couple of jars by booking into a private brewery tour, and be sure to buy a growler or two for the road.

44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville

The Grifter Brewing Co.

Fittingly situated within an industrial warehouse on Marrickville’s bustling Enmore Road, The Grifter’s unique blends such as their watermelon pilsner or coffee cream ale have made them a favourite for brew enthusiasts. The brewery bar serves the label’s entire offering and a simple food menu, which means you’ll be happy sipping and snacking all weekend long.

1/391-397 Enmore Road, Marrickville

 Modus Operandi

Beer first. No shortcuts. Their ‘Modus Operandi’ is clear and with beer brewed exclusively using fresh yeast shipped straight from the States, malt and hops sourced the world over and crafted on our very own Northern Beaches, you’ll struggle to find a more satisfying keg to tap on a long, hot summertime afternoon.

14 Harkeith Street, Mona Vale



Willie the Boatman

With a tasting room open Thursday through Sundays, Willie the Boatman offers a refreshingly unpretentious space to savour the brewery’s ‘good, clean beer’ developed with their original homebrewing ethos in mind. You’ll find a story behind every beer at Willie the Boatman, from Anthony Albanese’s namesake ‘Albo’ to ‘Crazy Ivan’, it’s evident that mateship and beer appreciation go hand in hand.

202/75 Mary Street, St Peters

Stave’s Brewery

It was sheer ‘bloodymindedness’, unwavering optimism and an undeniable obsession with bringing British local pub spirit down-under that led Steve Drissel to create the brewery’s much acclaimed ‘Proper Beer’. The warehouse venue is also home to The Malt Room where you can take in live entertainment as you indulge in a schooner or three.

4-8 Grose Street, Glebe


Lead image source: www.frenchiesbistroandbrewery.com.au

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