Can we call Wollongong part of Sydney? Well, you can get there on a train so I’m saying yes.
The Wollongong based brewery, formerly known as Five Islands, rebranded as Illawarra Brewing Company in 2011.
They’re now bringing a range of beer styles to Wollongong locals and those around the Illawarra, Sutherland Shire and further north in Sydney.
After expanding production capacity at a site in North Wollongong, the brewery has gone on to develop a cellar door that’s appealing to the local community.
Not only are there a a range of core beers on offer, alongside seasonals and limited releases, but the brewery bar overlooks the brewhouse, providing an interesting experience for visitors.
The branding and range of beers was tidied up in 2016 and Illawarra are looking increasingly slick.. For Sydney and New South Wales based beer lovers, it’s been exciting to watch the brewery grow and develop into a refined operation.
At the cellar door, locals can pick up six packs or get growler fills to takeaway. This has become a focus for the brewery, ensuring they serve the local Wollongong community first, encouraging the enjoyment of fresh beer as close to the source as possible.
With that said, you’ll still frequently see kegs of their beer at craft beer venues around Sydney.
It’s a brewery which wears its Illawarra origins with pride. But that’s not the only badge of honour the brewery can show off. They’ve received wide recognition in beer competitions, taking a number of medals back to their Wollongong home.
In recent times the limited release beers have become more experimental, particularly where an increased appetite for hops is concerned.
Bold IPAs (and imperial versions) have become something of a specialty since the rebrand, alongside some puckering barrel aged sour beers, which have gone down well both in Wollongong and around a number of Sydney’s well-frequented bars and pubs.
The core range includes:
- Summer Ale
- Pale Ale
- Rust Amber Ale