Explore Newcastle and the Central Coast with a short tour of three breweries (and two bars).
The tour starts on Nelson Bay Road, a short drive from Newcastle.
Sharing its Bobs Farm site with the Port Stephens Winery is Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
The single storey tasting room, restaurant and merchandise shop serve Murray’s wide range of intriguing beers. Up to 10 at a time. The huge range of different beer label styles makes choosing six beers for the tasting paddle a journey in itself.
With plenty of undercover outdoor seating there is ample space to enjoy the beer amongst the vines. And don’t miss washing them down with the beer scones.
A 30 minute drive will take you into the centre of Newcastle. First stop is the Grain Store Craft Beer Café on Scott Street. A truly wonderful place with its 20 taps and one handpump. Don’t miss the specially brewed Grainy Goat in conjunction with Mountain Goat Brewery. This is also the best place to find the local Grainfed Brewing Co beers.
Next stop is the other significant Newcastle craft beer outlet – the Hop Factory on Darby Street. The spacious and airy rear bar hosts the 16 taps with the list prominently displayed on the pour door.
An hour drive via the coast road brings you to the Tuggerah Business Park.
Sitting at the end of a small estate of industrial units on Pioneer Drive is the Central Coast Brewery.
Mainly a brew your own on premises location, the small bar area offers tastings of some of the huge range of Central Coast beers.
The bank of fridges at the front contain more of the range for you to take away and enjoy later.
A 20 minute drive further south brings you to a small industrial estate at Erina Heights
Just off the Central Coast highway at the back of the industrial estate is the Six String Brewery.
A small, almost disguised, door leads into the large industrial unit with the canopied bar framing the brewery at the back.
Probably one of the best laid out and styled industrial unit breweries, the range of seating options is perfect to enjoy some of the Six String beer range. Also available is one guest beer and the breweries own non-alcoholic, very refreshing lemonade.
If you make it for 11am on a Saturday, there is a tour of the brewery.
Take a while and sample the food on offer from the open kitchen. Our choice of crab and barramundi cakes with onion dipping sauce were a wonderful accompaniment to the excellent beer.
Murray’s Craft Brewing Co: Mon to Sun 10am to 6pm
Grainstore Craft Beer Café: Tue to Thur 11:30am to 10:30pm, Fri/Sat 11:30am to 11:30pm, Sun 11:30am to 9pm
Hop Factory: Tue to Thur 12pm to 10pm, Fri/Sat 12pm to 12am, Sun 12pm to 9pm
Central Coast Brewery: Mon to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 9am to 3pm
Six String Brewery: Wed/Thur 12pm to 6pm, Fri/Sat 12pm to 10pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm
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