The BlackFont Brewhouse tasting room sits down a back alley in Marrickville, not far from Sydenham station.
Down what looks like a dead end alley, you’ll see an unassuming garage door. It’s worth venturing inside.
The name BlackFont comes in part from the fact the venue used to be an old printing press but also because the twelve taps, once stainless steel, are now most definitely black in keeping with the name.
Every Brewery Needs A Dog (And Brewing Equipment)
The brewery equipment is visible through a back door past the bar. If it’s quiet you might be able to have a peek inside.
While you sit and sip your beers, the brewery dog wanders around and will happily come and say hello. Around you, bags of grain are piled high against the wall while a hanging tarp partitions the space. There’s a fridge with bombers and growlers. All the beers are available for growler refills.
It’s small so it doesn’t take many people to make it feel busy and to generate some atmosphere. The bubble of excited conversation gets trapped under the low ceiling, meaning everyone is engulfed in a wave of enthusiasm. It’s a brilliant little pocket-rocket kind of space.
BlackFont is a fantastic little venue, something like a small bar with an awesome range of beers.
One For The Community
Supported by the local community, people are enjoying the beers and loving the small space. Locals and regulars talk enthusiastically about the beers, as do the owners who are happy to share insight into the flavour profile or brewing process of each brew. They’re busy, friendly and infectiously passionate.
With a number of beers on and no core range as such, it’s worth getting a tasting paddle to sample a few.
Some Of The BlackFont Brewhouse Beers
The beers are all brewed in small batches from 50 to 200 litres. A few stand outs from my experience include the classic copper ale which features a malty body and soft American hops and the dark ale which is similar but boozier, stronger and darker; possibly my favourite.
They’ve also experimented with easy drinking ambers and Berliner Weisses, high ABV saisons, stouts and IPAs, and a range of lagers including a toasty dunkel. There’s something for every taste.
As a new brewery, it’s great to see they’re not afraid of lagers. They’ve dived straight in with some magnificent ones I hope it continues to be a bit of a trend as I predicted for 2016.
BlackFont is an exciting new space in Sydney’s craft beer scene and yet another brewery tasting room for craft beer geeks to visit and to enthuse newcomers. It’s highly recommended that you check them out one weekend.
Hours: Fri: 2pm-5pm, Sat: 1pm-5pm
Have you checked out the BlackFont Brewhouse tasting room? Leave a comment and share your experience. What was your favourite beer?