So, Batch is cool! But if you’re here, you probably don’t need me to tell you that.
They have been turning out top quality brews at a prolific rate recently, and they’ve done that thing which is so hard for new breweries to do. They’ve got themselves a brand.
Their bottles stand tall and distinguished on the shelves of bottle shops. Elegant and brown with their white stencilled logotype and paper tags. It’s branding which is in keeping with their crafty approach (and might even make someone spend $50 on a hoody – oops).
The Marrickville brewery are producing so many great beers that it’s hard to recommend just one or two. However, their Wardell Brown Ale and the incredible Elsie the Milk Stout, both stick out in my recent memory. (Incidentally, Elsie is one of the beers that converted my girlfriend into a beer drinker.)
It’s worth getting down to their brewery tasting bar. As you’d expect, everyone there is eager to talk about the beers and help you choose one to your taste. Get down early afternoon on a Saturday and you’ll still be able to find a table to perch at.
You might also be there just in time to see a local food truck firing up the hot oil for some fried goodness. They also run brewery tours on a Saturday, which if you’re in the slightest bit geeky about your beer (or even if you haven’t got a clue how it all works) would be worth going on for $10 a head.
The décor is as you’d expect. It’s a big warehouse/garage with loads of dark wood furniture and wall murals. They’ve embraced the handmade, and the stencil theme which appears on their bottles is carried through across the tasting bar.
It’s a brewery, start with a beer
A good place to start is their Das Helles, a perfectly clean German style lager. It has a great malt character over the unmistakeable spicy hop aromas.
Beers come in jars (very hipster). Tasters are in smaller jars, if you order a tasting crate. This is a taster of all six of their main beers.
They also have an fridge where they serve up experimental beers or variations on their usual range.
I was there on 4 July so there was an American pie theme; Apple Pie (their American Pale Ale with apple and cinnamon), Key Lime Pie, Cherry Pie (a gorgeous dark ale with delicious cherry notes) and Pecan Pie.
The Cherry Pie rocked, and the Apple Pie was as delicious as expected. The Key Lime Pie had an incredibly strong lime flavour and unfortunately an allergy to pecans meant I didn’t risk the Pecan Pie. However, my girlfriend said it was lovely.
This makes it worth the trip (and worth returning again and again). It gives a real reason to go out of your way to visit the brewery. (Well, apart from the beer being as fresh as possible and it being an awesome place to hang out.)
Experiments like these provide something that you can’t get at any other pub or bottleshop around Sydney. You’re very unlikely to try these concoctions if you don’t go to the brewery.
Beer can also be bought in bombers (640ml longnecks) or in growlers. Growlers are essentially a one off purchase so hold onto them and bring them back as they refill/replace for just the cost of the beer. There’s a big takeaway fridge which will make you feel like a kid in a lollyshop.
Part of the local beer scene
After finishing at the brewery, I walked round the corner to another SydneyBeer favourite, The Hop & Grain brew store, to stock up on ingredients for my next couple of home brews.
With my Batch hoody in hand the first thing they said was “did you try the Big Kahuna?”. No, I hadn’t. It was too early in the day to work my way through ten beers.
Luckily later that afternoon I got on over to Keg & Brew where I managed to get it on tap and it was phenomenal! It’s a big brown ale with delicious sweet coconut flavours. It smells like a boozy Bounty bar. Even if you’re not a big coconut fan, it’s worth trying. Simply delicious and so satisfying to drink.
Get down to Batch and support a local Sydney brewery. They’re doing awesome things and are one of my favourites at the moment.
You could even make a day of it and swing by Young Henrys in Newtown too.
Hours: Mon, Wed: Closed, Tues: 4pm-8pm, Thurs: 2pm-8pm, Fri-Sun: 12pm-8pm
If you’ve been to Batch let me know what beers you tried in the comments. Or share this article and let people know where great, fresh, local beer is available in Sydney.