Sydney comes into its own when it warms up and the sun stays out for longer. There are a few local beers that are perfect for this time of year.
While temperatures can get pretty high you only need a good beer to quench a hard earned… nope, I’m not going there.
Here’s a list of beers spanning a range of styles that are perfect for the warmer months. They’re all from Sydney breweries. While you shouldn’t be averse to darker, maltier or boozier beer in the warmer months, there’s something about the styles listed here that are so perfect for a Sydney summer.
There are plenty of other beers that could make this list, not least from other Australian breweries. However, the focus here is on locally available beers, including those that are available in bottles and cans (at least some of the time). You should be able to throw them in the Esky if you can’t make it to your favourite beer garden.
In no particular order here are some of the best beers for summer in Sydney.
Wayward Sour Puss
It’s a Sydney classic all year round but at under 4%, lightly tart and with a tangy fruitiness from the addition of raspberries, it’s a perfect summer refresher.
Clean, crisp lagers and tropical fruit flavoured pale ales all deserve a place on a summer tap list but the gentle acidity of a Berliner Weisse style beer can’t be beaten for its palate cleansing and smile-inducing qualities on a sticky summer’s day.
Wayward Sour Puss is one to take to a barbecue and convert your mates who claim they don’t like beer.
Wildflower Table Beer
Table is only available from the Wildflower cellar door. At 3%, this grisette style beer is one you could drink nearly all day. It’s fairly light bodied, with very little bitterness and a prominent yeast-forward character. It has a distinctive frothy head from its high carbonation.
Batch American Pale Ale
A fresh, hoppy pale ale deserves a place on any tap list. Batch Brewing are making one of the best American style pale ales in Sydney. It’s got a rounded, mouth-watering mandarin flavour and some biting bitterness but it’s also incredibly drinkable.
The Marrickville brewery has been canning their pale ale for a while meaning it’s a great option to have in the fridge over the summer holiday.
Philter Brewing’s XPA is likely to be one of the beers of the summer. It’s an aromatic and sessionable pale ale that’s been gathering a bit of a following throughout 2017. It’s sure to feature regularly in pubs around the inner west and further afield.
It also comes in distinctive cans which will fly off bottle shops shelves as the weather warms up. A lawnmower beer if there ever was one.
Yulli’s Seabass Mediterranean Lager
Perhaps we’ve now reached the point where the calls for better craft lagers have been satisfied and we stop thinking about lager as something either really old or brand new within the beer landscape. It’s just another part of it. If that means we have greater access to beers like Yulli’s Seabass during summer, it can be considered a victory for beer drinkers.
Seabass is an aromatic lager with Motueka hops from New Zealand thrown in, giving it a mild lime and stonefruit flavour. It’s one that plays across all the high notes and doesn’t get boring, even after a few tinnies. It also goes well with seafood and salads.
Nomad Freshie Salt & Pepper Gose
Unexpectedly, Freshie has become something close to Nomad’s flagship beer, inspiring a number of gose style spin offs. You might even seen Freshie pop up in chain bottle shops around the country this summer.
Either way, the hint of tartness and a muted salinity provide immense refreshment on a balmy day on the northern beaches. Or anywhere else for that matter.
If you’ve never tried a gose before (or even if you have) this is a great local option.
Grifter Serpents Kiss
Like Yulli’s Seabass, Grifter’s Serpents Kiss is a lager with a bit of a difference. It’s made with a new world pilsner style base but with the addition of watermelon.
Watermelon on its own is deliciously refreshing on a summer’s day but combine this with the palate-cleansing bitterness and carbonation of a pilsner and you have a winning hot weather beer.
It’s available on tap around the city but will surely return to cans to slake the thirst of Sydneysiders. If you can’t find it in cans, head to The Grifter’s taproom in Marrickville.
Merchant Earl Pear
Fruited beers were a craze a year or so ago and they look like they’re going to have a resurgence each and every summer. Earl Pear from Merchant Brewing is an Earl Grey and pear IPA. It has bold and floral bergamot on the nose and a fruity and morish mid-palate with a satisfying body and a bittersweet finish.
It’s towards the boozier end of this list, which is primarily designed around sessionability. That said, something hoppy, fruity and floral, with a bit of a kick, always goes down well on a sweaty December evening.
What are you most looking forward to enjoying in a pub beer garden or from the Esky at home? Leave a comment below and share what you’re looking forward to drinking this summer.