Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Craft Beer and Breweries
Craft Beer and Breweries in Sydney
Make your way to one of Sydney’s pubs or breweries to sample beers lovingly made using a blend of modern and traditional methods. Meet the passionate people involved in the production of craft beer and discover the diverse flavours of ales and lagers created in the suburbs of Sydney.
Take your pick from a rotating selection of 30 on-tap craft beers in a saloon-styled setting at Surry Hills’ Keg and Brew Hotel. Boasting one of the largest offerings of craft beers in Sydney, the popular drinking spot is a great place to discover tried and tested favourites as well as the creations of up and coming brewers. Nearby, The Dove and Olive also provides an impressive selection of beers to sample, with 20 of the bar’s taps dedicated solely to Australian craft varieties. Hosting a monthly Craft Beer Fight Club, where micro-brewers go head to head to have their products put on tap, the Surry Hills bar is one of Sydney’s premier destinations for sampling emerging beers. Stop by The Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst and relax in the venue’s warm ambience as you sip on classic brews, craft beers and exotic flavours. Hosting a broad selection of local and foreign beers, there are plenty of brews to sample, compare and indulge in.
Lord Nelson Brewery, nestled within the historic Rocks precinct, to enjoy natural ales brewed using a traditional formula of hops, malt, yeast and water. Claiming the title of Australia’s oldest pub brewery, the hotel offers a blend of popular mainstays and seasonal ales produced within the hotel’s premises. Also using a traditional four ingredient recipe, 4 Pines Brewing Company in Manly presents a selection of award-winning craft beers in addition to a menu of hearty dishes to compliment them. Try the brewing company’s popular tipples direct from the source or enjoy varieties exclusively available to purchase at the venue. Stop by the Rocks Brewing Co. in Alexandria to taste test another incarnation of the traditional ale recipe. Headed by fifth and sixth generation convict descendants, the brewery operates with the goal of producing sophisticated flavours from a paired down production process.
Head to the city’s inner west to try ales, lagers and limited edition beverages produced by Young Henrys Brewery. Founded in the hope of adding a hint of adventure and innovation to Sydney’s beer scene, the micro-brewery is a great spot to learn about the art of brewing during their Saturday afternoon tours. Marrickville’s Batch Brewing Co. also offers Saturday brewery tours that allow beer connoisseurs to see how the company’s signature ales and stouts are produced. Although the Batch Brewing Co.’s beers are stocked at venues across Sydney, the brewery’s weekend visits from local food trucks and the opportunity to sample experimental test batches offer good incentives to head to the company’s Marrickville headquarters.
Celebrate Sydney’s craft beer culture by attending the many tastings, tours and beer themed events held throughout Sydney Craft Beer Week. With events held in venues throughout the city, there are plenty of opportunities to experience Sydney’s brewing scene firsthand. Discover craft beer producers and micro-breweries scattered across Sydney during a day out with Dave’s Brewery Tours. Go behind the scenes of local breweries and stop by popular drinking spots in the city’s inner west, the Northern Beaches and beyond.