Since opening in Kirrawee in 2015, Shark Island Brewing have fronted the quest to bring more craft beer to the Sutherland Shire.
Previously sharing a space with the defunct Blackhorse Brewhouse, Shark Island now have the space to themselves and wasted no time in opening a cellar door in order to connect with locals and get their beer into the hands of thirsty beer lovers.
With food trucks popping round and a family friendly atmosphere, there’s been a positive feeling around Shark Island since they opened.
They were quick to get their Greenhills Summer Ale and Kolsch out into the market, both in the Shire and in bars and pubs around central Sydney. They also took the bold step of brewing a beer for GABS 2016. A number of their other beers were pouring at the festival, showing they know how to get their beer out there.
There’s plenty of brewing chops at Shark Island, with family brewing heritage from Burton-on-Trent in England.
A Local Focus
The name of the brewery pays homage to the Sutherland Shire surrounds, in particular the surf break around Cronulla. It’s certainly a name that’ll appeal to local rugby league fans.
And they couldn’t have risen to local popularity at a better time with the Cronulla Sharks winning the NRL Premiership in 2016.
It was an obvious opportunity for Shark Island Brewing to mark the occasion, producing Premier’s Lager in celebration of the local triumph. The initial batch flew out of the door and it was soon re-brewed and made more permanent both at the brewery (on tap and in six packs) and around nearby venues, including places you wouldn’t normally expect to see craft beer.
Despite the massive growth of independent beer in Sydney, there are still areas where it’s a bit thin on the ground.
Riverside are tackling this in western Sydney and Shark Island are doing it in the Shire. There are plenty of craft beer lovers in that part of the world and now they have a local brewery they can get behind.
Whether it’s stopping in for a quick beer, spending some quality time with a few tasters or picking up a six pack or growler, Shire locals have a place to get local, fresh beer straight from the source.
- Premier’s Lager
- Greenhills Summer Ale
- Shark Island Pale Ale
- Choko Oh No! Pale Ale
- El Mono Bolas Kolsch
- Voodoo IPA
- Sandshoes Golden Ale
- The Point Dark Ale