The Grifter brewery bar opened up in late 2015 and it looks set to go from strength to strength.
A constant improvement in their beer and a bit of a cult following around Sydney’s Inner West led to The Grifter boys finally putting down roots in Marrickville.
A Home In Marrickville
Down the road from The Vic, and a stone’s throw from Batch, they now reside in an old dry cleaning and laundry warehouse. They’ve even kept the old signage as a nod to the building’s past, as well as adding their own of course.
The space is enormous and the first thing that hits you as you walk into the brewery and bar is how bright and airy it is.
This isn’t a dingy cavern but a light, high-ceilinged warehouse. Sunlight streams through the windows and roof and glints off the rows of stainless steel that greet you on entering.
Chances are there will be kegs and forklifts around the tanks but these are well cordoned off which makes the space family friendly. The warehouse itself is pristine white and well furnished with high tables and a great many chairs and bar stools.
There’s artwork adorning the walls, as well as old beer mats and even a pool table. All the visuals tie in nicely with The Grifter’s brand which they’re developing superbly.
Despite all the brilliant art work what grabs your attention most is the bold black and orange bar.
Black and Orange
The eight taps sit on a black tiled wall. Above, the beer list for takeaway squealers and tap pours are set in black type on an orange board.
These are The Grifter’s colours and they’ve done right to incorporate them so centrally into their space.
As you’d expect, the beer tastes fantastic fresh from the brewery. Favourites such as their Pale Ale, Bright Eye pilsner (formerly a kölsch) and Big Sur IPA are frequently pouring alongside The Omen oatmeal stout, the incredible Serpent’s Kiss watermelon pilsner and other special brews.
The guys are friendly and up for a chat, so if you’re there early, pull up a bar stool and take in all the fantastic details, from the printed midi glasses (which you’ll be tempted to buy), to the beer mats and packets of matches.
The Grifter have an eye for detail and that’s reflected both in the brewery bar and their beers. It’s a really exciting place and once you’re done sampling their beers you’ll likely be tempted by the takeaway fridge and merchandise visible behind the bar.
Beer to Takeaway
It’s great to see breweries doing squealers. Everyone loves growlers for their economic and environmental benefits but sometimes two litres is just too much. The smaller squealer fills a perfect gap if you want incredibly fresh beer straight from the source.
I can’t recommend getting down the The Grifter’s brewery bar enough. Whatever time of day you get there you’re sure to enjoy the fantastic space and awesome beer.
Hours: Fri-Sat: 12pm-9pm, Sun: 12pm-7pm
Have you made it down to The Grifter brewery bar yet? What did you think? Leave a comment and let me know what you drank.