In Marrickville, you’ll find the closest thing to a true cellar door experience we’ve seen in Sydney.
The cellar door is important to Wildflower owner and brewer, Topher Boehm. Not only does it provide immediate access to customers, which is increasingly vital for new breweries, it allows Wildflower to share their ethos with the world.
That ethos is one of being hospitable and making beer a part of a greater shared experience.
It’s part of the reason why the Wildflower Table beer, superb for sharing, is only available at the cellar door.
Wildflower beers are packaged in 750ml bottles, which adds to the communal vibe. You can buy beers by the glass with the latest blends of Gold and Amber available. You can also purchase bottles to take away which will delight many people given the initial demand for Wildflower beers.
The Marrickville blendery retains stock of previous batches, meaning if you missed out at bottle shops or online, your best chance of getting past blends is at the cellar door.
An Exciting Experience
Conventional breweries are exciting enough to visit. The thrill of drinking fresh beer, while sat underneath the stainless steel in which it was made, never dies.
But this provides something different, something new that people may not yet have been exposed to. If stainless steel is thrilling then it’s nothing compared to drinking beer that was drawn from the rows of barrels that line the building.
The venue is an old metal foundry. It has character by the barrel-load.
Steel beams strut across the high ceiling, sunlight pours in from the back of the building, casting a golden glow across the wooden barrels. There’s exposed wood and worn metal.
The term “industrial chic” should be left in 1990s New York but you can’t help but feel it applies to this building. However, combined with bouquets of flowers from local florists and the aesthetic of lambic baskets and racks of bottles, the industrial setting is elevated to something more refined.
Welcoming And Hospitable
You won’t find food trucks pulling up at Wildflower but nor will you find yourself hankering for a dirty hot dog after a couple of beers. It’s a different sort of setting, a different sort of environment.
There’s a laid back, friendly atmosphere. It’s a diverse crowd at the cellar door but one that’s joined together by a love of good beer and good vibes.
Wildflower could be the first experience some people have of wild ales. Having a local flavour profile become their reference point for this style of beer is incredibly exciting for the Australian beer landscape.
Regardless of the exciting venue and fun times to be had there, this exposure to uniquely Australian beers adds weight to the value of the Wildflower cellar door.
If all that isn’t enough, you can book onto ticketed tours with Topher himself. You can experience native wild ales, while stood around the barrels in which they were matured, and talk to the man who blended them.
If you needed a reason to support small, independent beer, then it’s right there.
Hours: Fri-Sat: 1pm-8pm
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