Cammeray Craft sadly closed in September 2016.
If I have one gripe about beer in Sydney it’s that some restaurants just don’t take it seriously enough. There are, however, a few that stand out as shining beacons of hope for the future beer and food’s relationship. Cammeray Craft is one of these.
It’s a bar/restaurant but the proportion of each depends on when you go. I went on a Saturday afternoon for lunch.
It’s casual but that doesn’t mean they’re not serious about beer.
We were welcomed with a big smile (we had reserved a table but at this time there was probably no need) by the owner, William Wilson. He’s from the old school of hospitality. That is, he does it extraordinarily well. He’s a sommelier and a beer enthusiast and this comes across in the way he talks to you from behind the bar.
Tell me about the beer
We started with drinks. William enthusiastically offered me tasters (of a Murrays/Pelican collaboration and the Bridge Road/Stone collaboration). He told me all about the beers they had on tap, tasting notes, the level of accessibility and alcohol and a bit about the breweries and where they’re from.
This kind of information is not only what beer nerds want but it helps you make an informed decision. I wish more bars and restaurants did this.
I settled on a schooner of Endeavour’s 2015 Vintage Growers Pale Ale, as it was still early and I’d had a few beers the night before.
It was a refreshing and easy drinking Aussie style pale, an incredibly versatile beer that would go with a lot of the food on the menu.
Show me them burgers
We took to our table and looked at the menu. Saturday is the perfect time to go, just because of the $20 beer and burger special.
There was a fuller menu including steaks, fish dishes and salads (as well as lots of entrees and sides) which looked good but I was sold on Cammeray Craft’s signature dish. One beef rib burger, please.
The beer menu is spectacular and is helpfully split out into rough groups: light and refreshing, pale ales, IPAs, dark and rich, big and decadent and the “weirder and wonderful” end of the spectrum. There’s something for every dish and every taste.
I decided to go for a small glass of the Stone/Bridge Road collaboration beer, Red Stone Bridge. The malty notes went perfectly with the beef ribs in the burger.
Water was served in an reused 750ml Jester King bottle. Jester King are an American brewery famed for their funky and sour beers.
There are a few 500ml and 750ml bottles of beer on the menu. These are intended for sharing, like you’d buy a bottle of wine at dinner. Why wouldn’t you want to share a bottle of saison?
Doing craft beer right
Cammeray Craft is doing craft beer right. In terms of beer and food matching there aren’t many better places in Sydney. You’d also be hard pressed to find more knowledgable staff.
Hours: Permanently closed
Now Tapped!: https://nowtapped.com/cammeraycraft
Leave a comment and tell me about the beer and food pairings you’ve had at Cammeray Craft.