This article was originally published in the January 2014 edition of Time Out Sydney. It’s no longer online and so I have published it here:
There is something spiritual about it. To order a beer from the very brewer that makes it, to watch him or her pour a perfect pint of their own creation, while in the background you can see the very fermenters the beer came from. Drinking beer at a brewery or in a brewpub is something special. If you go to the bathroom before you leave, it’s almost a full circle experience. Almost, but thank god not completely.
Sounds like something you might have to travel far for, or maybe you need to know a guy or crack a secret handshake. Well fear not! These places exist right here in Sydney and all you need is the will and a pocket full of change. Ladies and gentleman, I present The Small List Of Places That Serve The Beer They Make.
The Small List Of Places That Serve The Beer They Make
Maybe the largest commercial brewery in inner Sydney. They have a tasting room that’s more like a proper bar and 7 days a week you can pop in for beer and a chat with the brewers. Sometimes they do music and often they’ll have very limited release beers on tap. Units D & E, 76 Wilford St, Newtown, NSW 2042
The Lord Nelson
One of Sydney’s oldest pubs and it’s an absolute historic beauty. You may have noticed their bottled beer in shops but that’s brewed at a different place. If you go to their pub in The Rocks you can see the boil kettle and the fermenters behind the bar and usually whatever is on tap there is brewed in house. 19 Kent St, The Rocks NSW 2000
Flat Rock Brew Cafe
A new one on Sydney’s North Side. They brew small batches and some pretty great little numbers. To my knowledge, you won’t find this beer anywhere but the actual venue. They make a mean curry to-go with the beer too! 290 Willoughby Rd, Naremburn NSW 2065
Sydney Brewhouse (in the Macquarie Hotel)
With names like Paddo Pale and Darlo Dark this Surry Hills pub pumps out some very approachable beers. You can spot the bottles around Sydney bottle shops too but if you head in to the actual pub you’ll get kegs fresh out of the fermenter. 42 Wentworth Ave, Sydney NSW 2010
Parramatta happens to house one of the nation’s best breweries. Riverside make some fantastic American-inspired ales and if you’re a local you can pop into the brewery and down some pints direct from the source. Unit 3, 2 N Rocks Rd, North Parramatta NSW 2151