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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.

  • 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…

  • The old favourite, Zoo Feeder, is back as MO’s second limited release of 2017. But it is just that, limited. Zoo Feeder was once part of the Modus Operandi core range…

  • Doc continues to change his seasonal releases. Autumn 2017 sees the launch of Electrolyte Serum a gose-style tart rhubarb wheat. Doctor’s Orders Brewing has a track record with rhubarb. Doc’s use…

  • Hoppy Gonzales from Shenanigans Brewing was originally released for Sydney Craft Beer Week 2015. It’s an American style amber ale, liberally dosed with jalapeños. The beer made a return as the…

  • To celebrate their third birthday, Shenanigans brewed and released Grisette Supérieur. It’s a grown up version of their very first release, Grisette. Drinking it on tap is one thing but…

  • Elsie The Milk Stout from Batch Brewing Co. is a stout brewed with lactose to make it sweet and creamy. Firstly, whether served on draft or pouring from a bomber or…

  • Lost Key XPA is Modus Operandi’s first limited release of 2017. Lost Key XPA is an American style pale ale, dry hopped with Simcoe, Rakau and Columbus. The story behind the…

  • Grifter Serpents Kiss

    February 27, 2017

    Beer is intended to be refreshing. And there aren’t many beers as refreshing on a hot summer’s day as Serpents Kiss from The Grifter Brewing Co. Serpents Kiss is a…

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