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Feature: Sydney’s New Breweries

There have been a few new breweries that have recently opened in Sydney.  So we took some time out to visit them and talk to the owners and brewers.

Sydney’s New Breweries

The three that have recently open that we checked out were:

  • NOMAD Brewing Co
  • Modus Operandi Brewing Co
  • Willie the Boatman

NOMAD Brewing Co

DSC_4629v2Situated in the northern suburb of Brookvale, NOMAD Brewing Co is in a small industrial unit on Sydenham Road, just off the main A8 Pittwater Road.

The name comes from the nomadic nature of the founding partners who variously live around the northern beaches area and move between countries.

The brewery takes up most of the building with a small tasting room at the front, which is open Wed-Sat from midday to 6pm, where the core range of beers are on tap as well as in bottles for takeaway.

DSC_4631v2The core range of beers include Sideways Pale Ale (4%), Jet Lag IPA (6%), Long Trip Saison (6.6%) and the new Cruisin’ Aussie Summer Ale (5%).

All four beers are of great quality and very drinkable, especially the Cruisin’.  The other big star is the Jet Lag IPA which is far too drinkable at 6%.

Collaborations are also common with past beers featuring brewers from Cigar City, and Sixpoint.  Future collaborations are planned with Stone, and Beavertown.

The bottle range includes beers from Doctor’s Orders (who contract brew here) and a range of  beers from the US, UK, Italy, and Denmark (including Sixpoint, Beavertown, Birra Del Borgo, and To Ol).

A great place to visit where the Italian heritage of the team shines through in their love of sharing a beer, and providing excellent service especially the Beer Maiden, Linda and Tasting Room Manager, Cat.

Be prepared to happily walk away with more than you went in for.

Modus Operandi Brewing Co

DSC_4670v2Just up the road, off the main A8 Banjoey Road in Mona Vale is Harkeith Street.  At the end on the right is the new Modus Operandi brewery, which is open from Wed-Sat from midday to 10pm, and Sunday from midday to 7pm.

Already winning awards for their beers, including Champion Beer at the Craft Beer Industry Awards for their Former Tenant Red IPA (7.8%), the brewery has certainly made it’s mark quickly.

The other core beers include Kite Flyer Cream Ale (4.8%), MOFOS Petite Saison (4.2%), , Pale Ale (5.8%), Zoo Feeder (7.2%), and Silent Knight Porter (5.6%).

There are also seasonal beers, and on our visit these were Lola Summer Ale (4.5%) and Pash n Dash Summer Saison (5.8%).  We also had a taste of 3:30 Coffee Lager (5.2%).

DSC_4677v2All of the beers were of excellent quality, with the better ones at the darker end of the range especially the Porter, and Coffee Lager which tasted very close to a German Dunkle.

The Summer Ale was also one we revisited and is a beer that should attract a large following.

Within the building, most of the space is dedicated to the actual brewery with a small bar in the corner and the varied and eclectic seating spilling out into the front car park.  A steady stream of locals have clearly found this brewery and are making it their own.

The staff, especially Alex behind the bar, are very knowledgeable and ensure that everyone understands the range, can try a sample and walk away happy.  It is certainly one of the best brewery atmosphere’s we’ve encountered.

DSC_4686v2Growlers and Squealers are available for taking home your favourite beers.

Or if you want something smaller, then the unique CANimal large sealed can filled with your choice of the range is an interesting solution.


 Willie the Boatman

DSC_4970v2In the inner west suburb of St. Peters, in an old paint factory on Mary Street is the new Willie the Boatman brewery.  It’s also a stone’s throw from both Batch Brewing and the new Rocks Brewery.

The roller shutter and small entry door open up into a large tasting room currently being finished ready for opening in the near future.

A long bar runs along the side wall leaving a good view of the brewery in the rear part of the building.  The tasting room will clearly be a place you’ll want to linger and admire a lot of the original buildings features which have been kept, including the wooden floor.

The beer range is still being finalised, but we got to try The Foo Brew (4.5%), Black Bunny (4.9%), Old Salty Gose (5.0%), Manly Pale Ale (5.2%), Todd’s Trailer Pale Ale (5.5%) and The Crazy Ivan IPA (6.0%).

DSC_4987v2Most of the beers are named after people that have had some connection in getting the brewery off the ground.

Hamish Foo was the plumber, whilst Todd and Ivan provided their skills to make everything else work.

Even the name of the brewery comes from a local Scottish convict employed to row supplies across the local Cooks River.

This brewery is well grounded in its local community with brewers Nick and Pat already being great hosts.

The brewery itself has been put together by Nick from old dairy equipment, parts from a Holden factory and some tanks from the old Tooborac Brewery.


But this unique collection of parts is making some great beers.  The Old Salty Gose is certainly one that will interest most people looking for something different that is very refreshing.

With these three new Sydney breweries, and more on the way, a long weekend in town can certainly be occupied by trying an ever increasing range of great craft beers.  Soon, though, you might need a whole week.