Beer, you brew-tiful thing. It’s time to get brewery-hopping with this guide.
Our love for beer is stronger than ever, with breweries popping up with the same rapidity as Sydney’s cafés and bars. If you, like us, enjoy a brew-ski or two, consult this guide on the best breweries Sydney has to offer.
This Marrickville brewery and taproom is all about experimental and flavoursome beers. On one end of the spectrum is the tangy ‘Peach Sauce’, while at the other is a dark, smooth and chocolatey ‘O Oh! Cascadia’. Pull up a stool in the expansive warehouse or if the sun is shining, head out back to the beer garden.
1a Mitchell St, Marrickville NSW, taproom open Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-8pm.
What started off as two friends’ (Richard Adamson and Oscar McMahon) mutual love of beer has culminated in the creation of an internationally recognised brand. The Newtown brewery is now a well revered community hangout, where the rock n’ roll tunes are loud and the vibes are always high. You can also do weekly brewery tours to help you full appreciate the journey from grain to glass.
76 Wilford Street, Newtown NSW, Open Midday to 7pm – 7 Days.
When a microbrewery wins Champion Beer and Champion Small Brewery a mere three months after opening its doors, it’s bound to spark your interest. Modus Operandi, a humble brewery in Mona Vale, entered the beer scene fairly quietly in 2014. Fast forward 5 years and they’ve now asserted themselves as one of Australia’s top independent breweries. They also have one of the coolest websites going (if we say so ourselves). Check it out for yourself here.
14 Harkeith Street, Mona Vale NSW. Open Mon-Sun 12pm – 10pm.
What started off as a passion project between mates Trent Evans, Matt King and Glenn Wignall has grown into a brand Aussies love and adore. The brewery sits in esteemed company, with Wildflower Brewing and Young Henrys both within walking distance. Head to the industrial warehouse and be sure to try the Serpent’s Kiss, their signature watermelon Pilsner.
The Grifter Brewing Co, 1/391 Enmore Rd, Marrickville, Open Mon – Thurs 4pm till 9pm, Fri & Sat 12pm till 10pm, Sun 12pm till 8pm.
This inner-city craft brewery offers a range of localised brews, taking inspiration from Sydney’s dynamic suburbs. You can sip on the Glamarama Summer Ale, Manly Perry, Paddo Pale, Surry Hills Pils and more. To compliment your beer, an onsite kitchen serves up comforting classics including a signature burger, a Sydney Cider Mussel Pot, Beef Brisket with Mac n Cheese and more.
Sydney Brewery, 28 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Open Monday – Saturday 11am till late, Sunday 4pm till late.
Dubbed the ‘makers of Australian wild ales’, the beers at Wildflower Brewing are all fermented with a mixed house culture of brewers yeast, wild yeast and bacteria foraged from NSW. Head to the Marrickville warehouse each Friday and Saturday for beer samples, takeaways and to get your hands on some cool merch.
Wildflower Brewing and Blending, 11-13 Brompton St, Marrickville. The cellar door is open each Friday and Saturday 2pm-6pm. Open for takeaway sales only from 10am-4pm on Tuesdays to Fridays.
With a 24-tap cellar bar at your fingertips, you won’t get bored of the beers being served at Wayward Brewing Co. Drink your way through a constantly changing tap list, with both Wayward favourites and single-batch Wayward beers available. To curb the hunger pangs, Wayward’s resident food trucks are on hand every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Wayward Brewing Co. 1 Wayward Brewing Co, 1 Gehrig Lane, Camperdown. Open Thurs-Fri 2pm till 10pm, Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-8pm & Mon 4pm-9pm. Closed Tues and Weds.
Gracing Marrickville with its inventive brews since first opening their doors in 2013 is Batch Brewing Co. Like all solid breweries, you’re met with an industrial fit out, complete with repurposed pallets, leather couches and milk crates for seats. The beers come with whacky and incredible names like Elsie the Milk Stout, Pash the Magic Dragon, The Big Kahuna and Señor Spicy, to name a few.
Batch Brewing Co, 44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville, Open 10am-8pm, 7 days.
You’ll find this ‘fiercely independent’ brewery down by Five Dock. Setting up in a cool, industrial warehouse back in 2015, the Akasha crew can be found pouring plenty of hoppy beers to happy beer lovers. Here you’ll find a small core range all year round (a lager, pale ale, amber ale, IPA and double IPA) alongside plenty of seasonals on tap in the tasting room.
Akasha Brewing Co, 10-12 Spencer Street, Five Dock, Tasting room open Thurs-Fri 2pm till 8pm, Sat 12pm-8pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.
Nestled in the heart of the Northern Beaches is Nomad Brewing Co. Entering the brewers market in 2014, they’ve stayed true to their Aussie roots, using native ingredients, including finger lime, lemon myrtle and wattleseed in the brewing process. Their ‘Freshie Salt and Pepper’ beer is even brewed using salt water from Freshwater beach. Head to the cellar door and taste your way through 11 taps of constantly rotating craft beer.
Nomad Brewing Co, 5 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale NSW, Open Weds 12-6pm takeaway only, Thurs 12pm-6pm, Fri – Sat 12pm till 10pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm.
With possibly one of the greatest names in the brewing business, Wille the Boatman invites you to hop aboard and come with your sea legs, as you take a journey through Willie’s flavoursome brews. The Inner West brewery, taking up residency in St Peters, offers a laid back and welcoming vibe, with plenty of beers to keep you and the crew feeling merry.
Willie the Boatman, Precinct 75, Suite 601/75 Mary Street, Open Thurs 3pm-7pm, Fri 12pm-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm and Sun 12pm-7pm.
Sydney’s oldest pub brewery, The Lord Nelson, is recognised around the world for its award-winning beers, food and accomodation. Sip your way through the six mainstay brews and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for their signature seasonal brew. Team it with one of the Lord Nelson’s beef pies with mash potato and gravy and you’re in for a good time.
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, 19 Kent St, The Rocks Sydney, Bar open Mon-Sat 11am till 11pm, Sunday Noon – 10pm.
Taking up residency in an old factory space in Marrickville, Stockade Brew Co boasts a massive 250pax space, giving you plenty of room to move and sample the core range. The core range of Stockade brews sit alongside a constantly rotating list of guest taps. Not a beer drinker? Punters can also sip on wines supplied by Urban Winery Sydney.
Open Weds – Thurs 5pm till 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm till 11pm, Sun 12pm – 10pm.
Tucked away inside the dynamic Cannery in Rosebery, Frenchies offers the perfect balance of French bistro and microbrewery. On the all important beer front, you’ll find a small core range (Draught, Pale Ale, Astrolabe, Laperouse) accompanied by an ever changing seasonal offering.
Frenchies Bistro and Brewery, 6/61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery NSW. The bar is open Tues-Sat 12pm till 11pm. Sunday and Monday closed.
4 Pines Manly have gone from strength to strength, with four venues to their name, scattered around Sydney. While they continue growing the 4 Pines empire, it all began with the original microbrewery in Manly. Nothing quite beats heading to the Brewpub, grabbing a pint from the revolving Kellar Door taps and soaking up the Manly magic with waterside views.
4 Pines Manly, 29/43-45 E Esplanade Manly NSW, Open 11am-late, 7 days.
A vegan taproom and brewery, you say? Yulli’s continues to defy all convention with its all-vegan brewery and vegetarian menu. Set up in a warehouse in Alexandria, Head Brewer James Harvey is passionate about brewing ales, lagers and stouts that are free from animal-derived products. As for the food menu, plant lovers and carnivores alike with swoon over dishes like dumplings, gyros with chips, Southern fried spice cauliflower, nachos and more.
Yulli’s Brews, 75A Burrows Rd, Alexandria, Open Weds-Sun 12pm until late.
For a brewery located just a stone’s throw from the ocean, this next spot truly pays homage to the waves of the Sutherland Shire. In fact, Shark Island Brewing takes its name from the iconic reef island surf break found just off the Point of South Cronulla. Founded by a pair of homebrewers who cut their teeth at the likes of 4 Pines and Balmain Brewing, their Kirrawee cellar door is about as relaxed as they come. Sip your way through taps of seasonal session beers, with food trucks every weekend to keep punters fed and watered.
Shark Island Brewing, Unit 8/29-33, Waratah Street. Kirrawee, open Thur 2 pm to 7:30 pm, Fri 2 pm to 9:00 pm, Sat 12 pm to 8 pm and Sun 12 pm to 5 pm.
For those also local to The Shire, this next inclusion will come as no surprise. Nestled in Woolooware Bay, Hairyman Brewing delivers an exceptional brewery experience (minus the trek to the city). At this brewery, you’ll find 8 craft beers on tap with a rotating seletion of seasonal brews to keep things fresh for drinkers. Swing by for a chat with the brewers, with kids and furry friends always welcome.
Hairyman Brewing, 10/12-14 Northumberland Rd, Caringbah, open Wed 12 pm – 5 pm, Thur 10 am – 7:00 pm, Fri and Sat (with Food Trucks) 10 am to 7 pm and Sun (with Food Trucks) 10 am to 5 pm.
South Sydney, meet your first micro-brewery. Since swinging open its doors in 2019, One Drop Brewing Co. has made its mark on the city’s craft beer scene. And with good reason. Located in Botany, these guys have already taken out a slew of awards for their innovative brews, including their Botany Bay Lager, Blueberry Sour and Stout. Swing by this lofty converted warehouse to try each release for yourself, with a rotating line-up of food truck from Wednesdays to Sundays.
One Drop Brewing Co., 5 Erith Street, Botany, Open: Wed and Thur 12 to 8 pm, Fri and Sat 12 to 10 pm and Sun 12 to 8 pm.