This week marks the site being live for two years. It’s still a baby within the Australian beer landscape but it’s amazing to look at the change in local beer over this time.
One of the aims of the site is to document the evolution of beer in Sydney so I’m using this as an excuse to look back at how things have changed in recent times.
A Snapshot: The Last Year In Sydney Beer
The launch of Wildflower seemed important and my interview with Topher Boehm stands out as a highlight from the last twelve months. Topher’s philosophy and approach to making unique beer with a sense of place is refreshing and different to anything we’ve seen in Sydney.
Launching a beer brand now with the intention of competing for shelf space in bottle shops is probably not a sustainable model. But serving fresh beer, brewed on-premise, to a local community in a welcoming venue, is something that can work. Just look at the likes of Staves or BlackFont.
All too often we think of Sydney in limited geographical terms when it comes to beer. We think of the inner west, the CBD and the northern beaches but there’s enormous room for growth in Sydney’s western suburbs. And why shouldn’t there be?
In the last year or so, we’ve seen a number of iconic pubs go up for sale. There are challenges to domestic beer coming from foreign craft brands, both American and, well, Scottish. As well as that, the spectre of takeovers still lingers over the industry meaning the notion of independence seems more important than ever.
Despite the ups and downs the future looks bright for beer in Sydney!Despite the ups and downs the future looks bright for beer in Sydney! Click To Tweet
On The Site
That’s just a snapshot of the changes we’ve seen throughout the last year. On the site, the annual awards proved popular and generated some debate, while things seem to step up a notch whenever GABS rolls into town.
Aside from the fantastic beer that’s now available in Sydney, this site is as much about celebrating the community around our beer scene. That’s still the intention. So get in touch, leave a comment below, or shoot me an email if you have thoughts, feedback or ideas you want to share.
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– Tim @ SydneyBeer