It’s taken us long enough, but Sydney is going through a craft beer boom and we couldn’t be thirstier for it! Each Sydney bar and company on this list is committed to making their bevvies properly with no added nasties, producing delicious results that make us wish it was beer o’clock pretty much all the time.
Beer doesn’t get fresher than a glass at Young Henrys, pouring their own brew straight from the tank. With six taps and two hand pumps pouring their core range of hopsy goodness, alongside the latest one-off and collaboration brews, there are a multitude of delicious ways to have a brilliant beer adventure. Tasting trays are available if you want to taste a range of different beers and the friendly staff are always more than happy to regale you with stories behind each brew. Most excitingly, takeaway beer is available in long necks and the famous Young Henrys growlers, making longnecks cool for the first time in, like, forever.
Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
If beer at a classic Sydney pub is what you’re after, it’s hard to go past the Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel in The Rocks, which is Sydney’s oldest continually licensed hotel. This classic hotel is the perfect place to sit back and relax while you enjoy one of their six 100% natural award winning mainstay ales or regular seasonal ales, all of which are brewed in house. The brewery gang at Lord Nelson brew with only malt, hops, yeast and water with no added sugars, preservatives or additives, so you’re pretty much drinking your way to #cleaneating.
Based in The Shire’s first restaurant and microbrewery, Blackrock Brasserie, Blackhorse Brewhouse produces high quality, hand crafted ales and lagers. With a passion for locally crafted beers, the Blackhorse range includes Kolsch, Aussie Ale, Red and Stout, along with limited seasonal varieties. With all that beer and a great food offering to boot (try the Red Ale braised short rib with oxtail croquette), it’s an easy win for a weekend afternoon.
Beers Days is all about taking craft beer to the masses. And how do they do this, you ask? Well, the guys here have created a wonderful thing called Beer Boxes. These home delivered Beer Boxes contain the best selection of craft beer, often sourcing rare brews and come with cool upgrades like beer matched food and strong ales. The boxes can be delivered monthly or quarterly and cancelled any time (not that you would want to.) Sign up online and choose to receive 9, 12 or 16 craft beers delivered straight to your door.
Keg & Brew
This fantastic Surry Hills pub features 33 different beers and ciders, which is probably the highest number of beers available per meter of floor space in Australia. The tap list at Keg & Brew is curated by licensee Wombat Kraegen, who is committed to sourcing local beers and ciders ranging from the latest local craft beer to the golden oldies like VB and Reschs.
The Local Taphouse
The food and rooftop bar already have us hooked on The Local Taphouse, but their beer is what keeps us coming back for more. As Australia’s most awarded craft beer venue, they tap over 400 beers a year, dozens more in bottles and offer infusers if you want to get experimental.
4 Pines Brewing Company
The folks at Sydney bar 4 Pines take no short cuts and offer great flavour through variety, quality craftsmanship, natural ingredients and traditional, time-honoured techniques. You can pick up a six pack and experience 4 Pines wherever, but nowhere is as good as being right in the centre of the 4 Pines world in their Manly microbrewery. The food is good, the tunes are great (with live music three nights of the week), but the best part is that the beer is being made right beside you as you’re drinking. It’s beer-ception, and it’s fantastic.
The Welcome Hotel
This lovely local in the heart of Rozelle is serious about beer and have 17 busy taps to prove it! The classic Carlton and Coopers are constants, while the other 15 are reserved for craft beers from around the country. Each month The Welcome feature a Brewery of The Month in which three taps are reserved to feature the brewers tastiest creations. The leafy outdoor beer garden is a perfect place to sit back and try to make a dent in tasting all the bevvies on offer, and the pub grub is excellent as well.
Rocks Brewing Co
The first batch of Red Ale was brewed at Rocks Brewing Co in September 2008 and since then it’s been full steam ahead, creating a core range of beers based around the shady characters that called the first settlement home, as well as the Conviction Range of limited brews that push the boundaries of brewing. Visit their Brewery in Alexandria and check out one of their Brewery tours before having a sip and nibble in their restaurant and then taking a growler of the good stuff home with you.
Vintage comes in many forms – jewelry, coats and wine – but the guys at Endeavour are adding beer to that list and for that we bow down. The small vintage beer company has launched high quality traditional ales using the finest ingredients carefully selected from growing regions known for the best vintage conditions. At this point you’ll have to go online to get your hands on some of the golden goodness, but it’s all about supply and demand, people! So get on the Endeavour train, it’s the tastiest train in town.
Image: Keg & Brew