While it might not be much bigger than a garage, the Shark Island cellar door on a Kirrawee industrial estate is a go-to beer venue for locals.
The taproom model for small craft breweries is now a recognisable one, as is the setup at Shark Island Brewing.
There are food trucks and portable barbecues outside over the weekend, a ramshackle collection of furniture, some prominent stainless steel and plenty of beer taps and fridge space.
A Beer For Every Taste
There’ll normally be seven or eight beers pouring, from the locals’ favourite Premier Lager through the approachable Greenhills Summer Ale and Pale Ale up to some IPAs or speciality beers.
There’s a fridge full of six packs to takeaway which, in a part of Sydney which is arguably underserved when it comes to quality beer, is a godsend.
It’s testament to the quality of the beer that, sat near the bar, you soon forget you’re at the back of an industrial park surrounded by car showrooms and warehouses.
The fit-out isn’t going to win any design awards anytime soon but it provides a place to enjoy good beer and engage in good conversation which is exactly what a cellar door should do.
People stroll in and out, some stay for a few midis (the largest size they do), while others will go through a range of 200ml tasters. In exchange for a gold coin donation, kids (or adults) can get a cold soft drink and sit happily while parents enjoy a couple of beers.
Whether you’re a regular or newcomer, the folks at Shark Island are happy to chat. They’ll make recommendations to suit your tastes or simply provide accurate and unpretentious descriptions of the beer.
Most breweries have got pretty good at making their beer accessible to the uninitiated but Shark Island are doing it particularly well, with authenticity and a smile.
If you’re not local to Sutherland Shire it might seem like a bit of a journey but it’s worth the trip. And if you don’t feel like it, locals won’t complain. It means more good beer for them.
Hours: Wed: 2pm – 5pm, Thur-Fri: 2pm – 7:30pm, Sat: 12pm – 5pm
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