Bars & Pubs

Fave 5 Breweries in Sydney

By Sophia Fukunishi
1st Sep 2015

Young Henrys craft beer in Sydney
Batch Brewing craft beer in Sydney
Willie the Boatman craft beer in Sydney
Rocks Brewing Co craft beer in Sydney
4 Pines craft beer in Sydney
Young Henrys craft beer in Sydney
Batch Brewing craft beer in Sydney
Willie the Boatman craft beer in Sydney
Rocks Brewing Co craft beer in Sydney
4 Pines craft beer in Sydney

Some things just go together, like PB and jelly, and Posh and Becks, so this year we’ve teamed up with MINI to bring you, our discerning readers and drivers, our fortnightly MINI Fave 5 series: The must-try guide to Sydney, celebrating the launch of the new MINI 5-door hatch!

Oooh yeah, there’s nothing quite like an icy cold beer to make life that little bit better. With the rise in popularity of craft beers in Sydney, we’ve seen more and more local breweries popping up around town, much to the pleasure of our little beer bellies (or big, depending on how much you’ve consumed). 

We’ve hand-picked our favourite breweries in Sydney. These guys are not only creating some of the best craft beers in town, they are also creating a great atmosphere in which to drink said craft beers. Get that drinking arm ready, we’re going on a beer-venture!

Young Henrys


Hidden in the backstreets of Newtown sits one of Sydney’s best known breweries—Young Henrys. While the absence of an apostrophe upsets the editor in me, the beer is so good that we’ll let this one slide. Part bar, part brewery, get yourself a fresh beer or cloudy apple cider and take a seat. If you want to try them all, order the tasting trays and become a Young Henrys connoisseur in no time. If you’re feeling peckish, food trucks set up shop here on weekends, which will keep those stomach grumbles at bay.

Batch Brewing Co.


You can smell this Sydney brewery as soon as you walk into the warehouse. And while it will take the nose a moment to adjust to its surrounds, settle yourself in with some popcorn (moreish) and a range of beers (even more moreish). Experimental types will love the unusual beer flavours—Vegemite, anyone?—or you can opt for classic IPAs or pale ales from the tap. Of course, beers are available to purchase and take home, so pick up a growler and look like one in-the-know party guy at your next gathering.

Willie The Boatman

St Peters

Named after a Scottish convict, the guys at Inner West brewery, Willie the Boatman, are serious about creating awesome beer within their community. Beers are best enjoyed with mates, which is why each of their beers are named after their friends—and we think that’s pretty cool. Head into their newly opened tasting room and give The Crazy Ivan or The Bulger a go. Oh, and take some home with you too. Cheers! 

Rocks Brewing Co.


Rocks Brewing Co. started out in 2008, and contrary to the name, isn’t actually in The Rocks. Self described “gypsy brewers”, they finally found a home not so long ago in Alexandria. With a state-of-the-art set up, these guys are pumping out some of the best ales in Sydney. The on site Brewery Bar not only pours fresh beers, there’s a great range of food to complement the brews. We’re talking house-smoked brisket and Louisiana-style hot wings, just to name a few. Deeeeelicious!

4 Pines Brewing Company


Not all good beer is made in the Inner West. The northside has its fair share of goodies, and we particularly love 4 Pines Beer in Manly. The beer is, of course, a winner, but it’s the food, view and atmosphere of this microbrewery in Sydney that has us hooked. Honestly, we can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny afternoon than to be drinking a fresh 4 Pines beer, eating fish and chips, and watching the world go by on Manly Beach. Bliss.

We're thrilled to partner with MINI to bring you our Fave 5 series—our fortnightly guide to the best of the best in Sydney. From food to fashion, Campari to Crossfit, each Fave 5 edition is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and driven by the new MINI 5-Door Hatch—putting the city at your fingertips and giving you the freedom to explore it!

Image credit: Federica Portentoso

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