It’s finally here! Wayward have a place of their own and it was well worth the wait.
The Wayward tasting room has rocketed to the top tier of craft beer venues in Sydney such is its character and the quality of beer on offer.
Located in an old winery, the walls are stoney and stained red from years of storing wine.
Whenever I see someone drinking wine in a brewery my heart sort of sinks but here it seems kind of fitting. There were quite a few people sipping on glasses of red and white and I can see why it would be appealing among the wine soaked walls.
That said, I stuck with the beer.
It’s bigger on the inside
Inside, it’s cavernous. Literally. With hardy walls and dim lighting, it’s reminiscent of a European cellar. The type you’d find under monasteries and abbeys, used to store wine and beer.
Doctor Who geeks will appreciate a comparison to the TARDIS. It’s much bigger on the inside. Sitting in an unassuming back street on the border of Camperdown and Annandale, you wouldn’t expect the interior to go as far as it does.
But through the entrance, down a high-ceilinged corridor, into the bar room, past the brewery on the left, through a cavernous seating area, you finally reach the back end of the tasting bar, a cosy little cave with comfortable seats and a very special atmosphere.
The whole venue looks superb, with incredible murals in the distinctive Wayward colours of yellow, black and white. There’s table football, table-top video games, a freaking motorbike hanging on the wall and plenty of bar stools, chairs and leather lounges to go around.
The whole tasting bar is spacious enough to remain comfortable even when it’s busy. It remains to be seen whether it stays this way as more and more people discover it (as they surely will) but right now it’s one of the most open and comfortable brewery tasting bars I’ve ever been to.
As you’d expect, the atmosphere is incredible. There are wide grins from wall to wall and none more so than behind the bar where the enthusiasm was infectious.
This is now my most local brewery and I was already super excited for it to open, but walking in and getting a beer there made me tingle with giddy excitement.
It’s amazing just how much glee a small wooden bar with some stainless steel taps on a back wall can bring. But that’s what happens at the Wayward tasting bar.
Beers at the Wayward Tasting Room
Of course I started with Camperdown 1, the first beer brewed on the new site. It’s a beautifully clean and refreshing summer ale. A bright golden-yellow colour with a gorgeous white head that leaves excellent lacing down the glass, it’s simple and crisp with some mellow citrus and grass flavours.
I couldn’t pay them a visit with sampling the fantastic Charmer India Red Ale and the hopped up lager, FUSAMI Victory. Both were tasting delicious.
With some seasonal beers on their way, including Sour Puss making a return for summer, there are plenty of reasons to keep going back to the Wayward tasting bar.
On top of the Wayward beers there are also some guest taps. This weekend featured Shenanigans White Sky and another local beer in the form of James Squire’s Hop Thief.
Reason to return #513: Collaborations to come
It looks like the future will bring collaborations, with charities, home brewers and gyspy brewers getting involved. As with the experimental fridge at Batch Brewing’s tasting bar, these collaborations provide a reason to get down to the brewery again and again. It provides something that you can’t get elsewhere.
The signage behind the bar suggest growlers are on their way too which will provide Wayward beer in takeaway form. This can only be a good thing!
Stainless steel glinting in the distance
Between the bar and the caves at the back, you can catch a glimpse of some gigantic stainless steel. It provides quite an interesting effect. With the tasting room being dark and atmospheric but the brewery itself obviously needing to be doused in light, the steel stands out gleaming like some sort of beacon on the horizon.
Obviously you can’t get into the brewery but it’ll have many a beer geek craning their necks to get a better view.
How to get there
Wayward is located just around the corner from Camperdown Cellars and with James Squire and The Empire Hotel nearby it’s turning this area around Parramatta road into a bit of a craft beer hub.
It’s easily accessible via Parramatta Road and there are heaps of bus routes that head down that way.
Part of the Sydney craft beer scene
The Wayward tasting room looks set to become a permanent and much-loved fixture of the Sydney craft beer scene, especially with Camperdown locals and Inner Westies.The Wayward tasting room looks set to become a much-loved fixture of the Sydney craft beer scene. Click To Tweet
Wayward have been well known for some time so it’s fantastic that they have a home they can share with the people who love their beer. It’s even better that the doors have been opened with a community focus already in place.
Hours: Fri: 4pm-8pm, Sat: 12pm-8pm
Leave a comment if you’ve been along to the Wayward tasting room. I’m really excited about it and would love to hear other people’s opinions and experiences.