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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.

  • 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…

  • 4 Pines had previously released Hop Hash XPA as a draft only Keller Door release. As of June 2017, it’s back but this time it’s in bottles. As with many…

  • The 2017 winter release from Doctor’s Orders Brewing is a hoppy stout called Malpractice. I’m all for drinking any style of beer at any time of year. However, there’s something…

  • Akasha Hopsmith

    June 12, 2017

    Dave Padden, head brewer at Akasha Brewing, loves his hops. So obviously the IPA in Akasha’s line-up is high quality. Hopsmith is in the American West Coast style, showcasing an…

  • This full-flavoured yet balanced beer is the fourth iteration of 4 Pines’ Fresh In Season IPA but the first in cans. 4 Pines have been making their Fresh In Season IPA…

  • Wayward Oatis

    June 7, 2017

    Wayward Oatis was original a GABS beer but such was its popularity, particularly among the brewery’s locals, that it pops up again from time to time. Wayward originally brewed this…

  • Wildflower Amber is an Australian wild ale that evokes a sense of place. It possesses a solid malt bill and a complex yeast-forward character. Wildflower Amber was released at the…

  • Wildflower Brewing & Blending feels like something of a turning point for beer in Sydney. This Gold is just the start. It pours a beautiful golden colour as befits the…

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