Craft beer

This is what it’s all about. The best craft beer in Sydney.

The aim here is to provide you with decent beer writing, reflecting on local beers. It’s also to advocate for craft breweries and spread the word about what they’re producing.

Please, seek out these beers, try them for yourself and tell others. Find what you like and then tell me.

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.

Shenanigans Malt Assault

The best thing about the Sydney beer scene? So many local breweries means so much fresh beer. There’s no better way to drink it. I was thankful to have got Shenanigans' latest experimental “stunt beer”, Malt Assault, so fresh. It ...
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Batch Choc Raspberry Stout

Batch Choc Raspberry Stout

Batch are producing a whole heap of different beers. This Choc Raspberry Stout is really accessible. It shows off solid black liquid beneath a raw sugar coloured head which is fairly bubbly and little bit creamy. The raspberry part of ...
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Batch Uncommon Galaxy

The giveaway is in the name. Small batches, great beer. This example is a thoroughly American style of beer from our sky blue shores. Uncommon Galaxy from Batch Brewing pours somewhere around a pale amber colour. The light glinting through the ...
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4 Pines Hefeweizen

A classic German style brewed right here in Sydney - 4 Pines Hefeweizen! One of the best things about the Sydney craft beer scene is the variety of beers you can now get. We’ve moved past lagers and pale ales and ...
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4 Pines Oaked Baltic Porter

4 Pines Keller Door: Oaked Baltic Porter

There’s a good argument to be made for 4 Pines Keller Door releases being one of the best things about the Sydney craft beer scene. And they’ve done it again with this Oaked Baltic Porter. It’s a porter but pumped ...
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Nomad Berry Cubana

Nomad Berry Cubana (Cigar City Brewing Collaboration)

Nomad show off their global influences with a collaboration brown ale, Berry Cubana. I spend a lot of time talking about what’s happening in Sydney’s Inner West but north of the bridge is as good a shout for being the city’s craft ...
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Australian Brewery Saision D'heretique

Australian Brewery Saison d’hérétique

If there’s any doubt over how quickly the Aussie craft beer scene is progressing, then take a look at this beer. A few years ago it would be hard to imagine a saison beer in a can being released to ...
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Young Henrys Natural Lager Growler

Young Henrys Natural Lager

Simplicity is often an overlooked quality in craft beer. Young Henrys Natural Lager is a great example of where it’s so valuable. Natural Lager (actually a Kellerbier / Zwickelbier) is an unfiltered lager. It’s a slightly cloudy golden-yellow colour with ...
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Young Henrys Hop Ale Tin

Young Henrys Hop Ale

Newtown’s own, Young Henrys, deliver such a brilliant example of an English IPA, that it deserves to refill your glass again and again. The beautiful thing about craft beer is the variety. There are beers that taste like chocolate bars ...
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Doctors Order Zephyr Bottle

Doctor’s Orders Zephyr

Feel the medicine slip down your throat. It’s silky. Revel in the restorative powers of Doctor's Orders Zephyr. This stuff is medicinal in its strength but has a delectable, sweet maltiness beneath the hop flavours. It showcases an unfiltered, raw wheat taste ...
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