The Inner West and North Shore might be a hub of brewing activity but Western Sydney isn’t without its good beer. In fact, it’s producing some of the best through Riverside Brewing.
The Western Sydney brewery has a special place in the hearts of long time local beer lovers.
Ask someone who’s been drinking craft beer in Sydney for a while what their favourite Riverside beer is an you’ll get a different answer each time.
777 the Imperial IPA stand outs as the most lauded and sought after beer but with popular IPAs, summer ales, porters and amber ales, Riverside Brewing have produced approachable but full flavoured beers fit for just about anyone.
More importantly, they’re provide a ray of light in the otherwise stark beer landscape of Western Sydney.
Brewing in Parramatta, they now have a cellar door where locals can go for takeaways and growler fills. How do you integrate with a community and keep the local population happy? Provide them with beer.
Naturally their beer also pops up from Cammeray to Cronulla and from Surry Hills to Blacktown, both on tap and in bottles.
Their core range is complemented by smaller pilot batches, with everything from imperial stouts through to a more recent foray into sour beers. Riverside Brewing also aren’t averse to a tap takeover, particularly around Sydney’s central suburbs.
Of course it would be remiss to discuss Riverside without mentioning Dave Padden, now of Akasha. A local home brewing enthusiast, Padden’s hop-forward approach to brewing is much of the reason Riverside saw such early success. It’s testament to the current Riverside brewers that they’ve sustained that great work.
As the popularity of Riverside beers continues to grow, they’re serving a thirsty crowd both in central Sydney and out west. They can truly be recognised as a driving force for craft beer in the western suburbs and have been almost solely responsible for delivering great beer to Parramatta and the surrounding areas.
They might not be explicit in “doing it for the west” but that seems to be what’s happening. It’s expanding Sydney’s craft beer reach and it can only be a good thing.
- 33 Golden Ale
- 44 Amber Ale
- 55 Pale Ale
- 69 Summer Ale
- 77 IPA
- 88 Robust Porter
- 777 Imperial IPA