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This is what it’s all about. The best beer in Sydney. The aim here is to provide thoughtful analysis of beers made by local breweries. It’s also to advocate for independent beer.

SydneyBeer aims to document the progress of local beer which is why capturing and reflecting on the more ephemeral or small batch beers is just as important as objectively analysing those that will have a permanent place in venues and bottle shops.

Many of these beers will be available all year round, others only for a few weeks or months. Some are staples, some carry extra significance because they represent a particular milestone in Sydney’s beer journey.

Independent or craft beer is about more than just the liquid in the bottle. It’s about the culture and the community. It’s about appreciating quality ingredients. It’s about helping the little guy and celebrating the passion that goes into each beer.

  • Ekim Viking IPA

    December 8, 2017

    Ekim produces small batch beers in the north of the city. Viking IPA is one of their recurring releases. Viking IPA is a classic American style IPA. Sitting at 6.2%,…

  • Ekim Berserker Amber IPA

    December 6, 2017

    Ekim’s Berserker has been around a while. It’s gone through a few iterations. It’s now a well executed amber IPA. Berserker from Ekim Brewing Co. pours a bold reddish-amber with…

  • Modus Operandi’s Future Factory IIPA is the final limited release of 2017 from the Mona Vale brewery. It’s another in a series of hazy IPAs. Modus Operandi well and truly…

  • Wildflower Waratah 2017

    November 13, 2017

    Wildflower Waratah is widely considered to be the first commercially available beer made from all New South Wales ingredients. Waratah is a collaboration between Wildflower Brewing & Blending, Batch Brewing…

  • In 2017, Wildflower Brewing & Blending launched in Marrickville, Sydney. Amber is one of their three core beers. While it’s essentially the same base beer, the character varies across different…

  • Wildflower Gold is something of a unique beer in our local landscape. This page provides a running journal of tasting notes on various blends. Wildflower Gold is defining the Australian…

  • Wildflower St. Florence 2017

    October 23, 2017

    St. Florence was released to celebrate the birth of the brewer’s first daughter of the same name. Topher Boehm is the man behind Wildflower Brewing & Blending. He and his…

  • Doctor’s Orders Nucleus

    October 2, 2017

    Nucleus is the spring 2017 seasonal from Doctor’s Orders. It’s a Belgian oatmeal pale ale. Doctor’s Orders continues to mix up its seasonals and continues the recent trend of releasing…

  • This Keller Door Australian DIPA from 4 Pines was released the day before they announced the buyout by AB InBev. It’s the final Keller Door beer released as an independent…

  • Wildflower Alpha

    September 25, 2017

    Wildflower Alpha is the first special release from the Marrickville blendery. It’s an unblended ale that was aged for one year on wood. It has an overt tartness from the…

  • Modus Operandi’s Tropical Contact High IPA is one of the brewery’s first New England IPAs to be released into the market. Released at the same time as Gadzooks!, Tropical Contact…

  • Modus Operandi Gadzooks! IPA

    September 11, 2017

    Modus Operandi has been one of the first Sydney breweries to experiment with the New England IPA style and release it fresh into the local market. Gadzooks! IPA is the…

  • 4 Pines In Season IPA #5

    September 6, 2017

    The fifth iteration of 4 Pines in Season IPA features hops from the southern hemisphere. This In Season IPA from 4 Pines pours a bright gold colour with a foamy…

  • Grifter Pale Ale

    September 4, 2017

    Grifter Pale Ale is something of a well-known beer these days. The Grifter Brewing Co. are no longer the young upstarts of the Sydney beer scene. They’re established. They’re beloved,…

  • Philter Red Session Ale

    September 1, 2017

    The second beer from Philter Brewing Co. is a red ale at a sessionable strength of 4.8% ABV. It glows a burnt caramel colour with a tinge of deep red…

  • Philter XPA

    August 30, 2017

    Philter XPA is the first release from one of the new brewing companies on the block in 2017. There’s plenty of experience behind the brand. Light lemon-gold in appearance, the…

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