Gelato colours, natural wine, a Michelin-trained chef, and easy-drinking "chill, not craft" beers.
Freshwater Brewing is doing (and brewing) things a bit differently, flipping the stereotypical Inner West warehouse-style brewery concept on its head. You'll find the new Northern Beaches brewery in Brookvale, joining the suburb's growing collection of brewhouses (like Bucketty's, Nomad, and 7th Day).
The roomy open plan taproom has space for 120, complete with a horseshoe-shaped bar and 14 taps pouring Freshie Brewing's bright and summery pils, hazy pale ale, and Cerveza.
The brewery also has a fully-fledged restaurant helmed by Daniel Wilson (ex-Dandy, London). The MO for the menu is "relaxed backyard meets beachside bliss"—so expect to see things like Sydney Rock Oysters with finger lime vinaigrette, BBQ prawn skewers, Swallow Rock pork sausage rolls, and fish finger sandwiches.
As well as the line-up of house brews, you'll also find non-beer drinks like fizzy Pet Nat, spritz, and even alcohol-free wines if you're on the wagon.
It's pet-friendly, child-friendly, and there are DJs spinning tunes on Friday and Saturday nights—basically, there's something for everyone even if beer isn't your vibe.
Image credit: Luisa Brimble