Young Henrys are a big part of the local community. Nowhere is this more evident than at their Newtown brewery.
Let’s get one thing straight, Young Henrys are awesome. They’ve thrown themselves into community life in Newtown.
They’re now part of the furniture, they’ve become a dependable and familiar presence in this part of Sydney’s Inner West. Yet, they’ve retained their edginess, they’re rock-n-roll. They’re cool, and they make great beer.
The music is constantly pumping as you’d expect and the vibe is incredible. Even people who don’t geek out over seeing the brewery equipment will appreciate the atmosphere. It’s chilled, relaxed and jovial.
People love to be here and Young Henrys love to have them. The Young Henrys website says that their bar is a magnet for interesting people and invites you to come down and make a friend. It embodies Newtown’s awesome community spirit.
Yes, it’s a hipster’s paradise and there’ll be sleeve tattoos and mo-wax aplenty but there’ll also be families and smiling couples of all ages.
You’ll see the odd brewery tour of thirty-something blokes who’ve probably already had a few but everyone is made to feel welcome. The only rule at Young Henrys, as you’ll see on the walls around the bar, is: No dicks.
It’s located just off Enmore Road, not too far from Newtown station. It’s down some little side streets and you enter the tasting bar through a narrow passage.
You may have to navigate a stack of kegs and sacks of grain piled high. This is worth it though. Whether deliberate or not (and considering Young Henrys apparent nonchalance, it probably isn’t) it gets you in the mood. The branded kegs invite you in and the smell of malty goodness makes you excited for fresh beer.
There are six taps and two hand pumps serving up the core range, including the awesome Hop Ale, and Natural Lager (and Cloudy Cider for those of that parish), alongside limited smaller batches that might not be available outside the building.
It can be worth going just to try and get something a bit different. Beers are around about the half pint size and come in at $5. This is ace. It would be easy for them to ramp the price right up to mug-off the crafty hipsters and affluent trendies but they don’t.
Bar staff are constantly busy (hence the No dicks mantra) but they’re incredibly attentive and friendly. There’s no arrogance and they’re happy to answer your questions.
There’s also a heap of great merchandise on sale so they’ll happily grab you a t-shirt in your size and, of course, explain the growler refill system to you.
And that’s one of the best things about the tasting bar, the fridge full of growlers (and the odd squealer of smaller batches). Grab one (they’re normally around about $25, depending on which beer you go for), and then you get some money knocked off when you go back to get it filled up.
It’s great for the environment, it’s fantastic for an awesome local business and it’s even better for your tastebuds (plus the growlers will make any apartment look sweet). It’s a necessary part of a trip to Young Henrys, either pick up a growler or get one refilled. Then share it with your new mates.
There’s no kitchen on site but each weekend sees some of Sydney’s best food trucks pull up and “serve the people” as is the breweries slogan. It might be organic vegan stuff one week or chips and sliders the next. You’ll need some good grub if you want to taste the full range of awesome beers on offer.
Young Henrys are such an important part of the Sydney craft beer scene – get down and support them and marvel at the insanely good beers they create.
Once you’ve finished at Young Henrys, swing round to Marrickville and visit Batch Brewing’s tasting bar.
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm, Sun: 12pm-7pm
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