Chippendale continues to punch above its weight for good food, good wine and now good beer.
Beer Barrel Growler Station brings another option for good craft beer, and it’s only a short walk from Central Station.
Nestled on Regent Street, the shop front is unassuming. So is the interior. Poke your head in and you’ll see glass growlers lining the walls. Behind the bar are the snazzy growler filling machines from Pegas. There are no regular taps here.
Popularity Of Growlers
Growlers are still proving popular among Aussie beer drinkers but this is the first time, in Sydney at least, we’ve seen a retailer open with growler fills as its sole offering.
Bottle shops like Beer Cartel, Bucket Boys, The Oak Barrel and of course Newtown Growler Depot all offer draught beer to takeaway but Beer Barrel Growler Station has put this at the heart of what it offers to customers.
It also happens to be the Australian distributor for Pegas products, selling growler filling stations to venues and installing them. When you’ve got the gear you might as well use it yourself.
Across The Beer Spectrum
Beers range in style and price and early signs suggest they’re covering both ends of the craft beer spectrum. This makes good sense. Growlers are most appropriate for sessionable beers to be shared and consumed fresh. Alternatively they also work for bigger, bolder, limited release beers that will soon be hard to obtain. So expect to see pale ales and XPAs alongside triple IPAs and barleywines.
The initial range is impressive with a list that will certainly attract beer geeks as well as those who are taking their first steps into flavourful beer.
Smartly, Beer Barrel Growler Station is also on Now Tapped! so you can check what they currently have pouring and swing by if something catches your eye.
The most important thing when enjoying growlers of beer is freshness. Opening and consuming soon after purchase are key to maximum enjoyment. The lucky thing is that Beer Barrel doesn’t restrict fills to monstrous 1.89 litre growlers but instead sells and fills 500ml squealers too.
While probably not the most cost effective way of buying beer it allows punters to take home and experience a more manageable quantity of beer without wasting it or overconsuming.
It’s certainly an appealing option, particularly for locals or those passing through at Central Station. It’s a good place to stop in if you’re heading for a day trip to the mountains or south coast. You can’t really go wrong in taking a growler of fresh beer to a picnic or a barbecue.
There’s been a lot of debate around the value and quality of growlers but, with breweries sticking with them and retailers offering them, they look set to stay around for a while.
And if it’s another way of introducing more people to good beer, then that can only be a good thing.
Hours: Sun-Wed: 11am – 8pm, Thurs-Sat: 11am – 9pm
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Have you checked out Beer Barrel Growler Station in Chippendale? Leave a comment with your thoughts and what beer you picked up.