Newtown’s own and an epicentre for craft beer in Sydney, Young Henrys are big into the community scene.
They’re unabashed and unashamed about being what they are – slightly hipster, kinda rock ’n’ roll and phenomenally passionate about good beer.
As with so many craft breweries their story involves rejection. Rejection by councils, as Surry Hills council stuffed up their plans. Well, it’s Surry Hills’ loss and Newtown’s gain.
The Newtown tasting bar has become in itself a taster of Newtown’s diverse community. It wouldn’t be surprising if the next great Australian cultural revolution springs out of this place.
What’s driving this? Well, it’s beer. Awesome, tasty beer made by passionate people. It’s an example of what craft beer should be and it’s become a massive part of the local community.
Outside of Newtown, Young Henrys have been at the centre of driving the good beer revolution in Sydney and around Australia. Since 2012 the beers have stayed pretty much the same (except for some limited releases) but the pride and love surrounding them has grown.
Of course, this brings its own challenge and, as with many small breweries, at times it was hard to meet demand. In true rock ’n’ roll fashion, smashing through a wall was the answer. The brewery grew along with people’s appetites.
This rocking attitude is apparent in Young Henrys collaborations. Music, art, food, magazines, whatever – as long as it’s got a local feel and involves creative, passionate people. They’ve sponsored local festivals, and of course, allowed gypsy brewers to borrow their equipment.
They’re environmentally conscious, donating spent grain to farms and encouraging the reuse of growlers to save waste. This green concern was also a factor in them canning their beer, it’s smaller, lighter and easier to transport.
The Young Henrys beers are ace, and predictably, filled with attitude. They’re a big SydneyBeer favourite because of their kick-ass approach to brewing and the passion and energy they put into the community.
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