As the number of craft beer breweries increases, one area has clearly become the Australian Capital of Craft Beer.
A 3 kilometre triangle in Sydney’s Inner West is now home to nine breweries:
- Batch Brewing Co
- BlackFont Brewhouse
- Bucket Boys Craft Beer
- Grifter Brewing Co
- Rocks Brewing Co
- Sauce Brewing Co
- Wildflower Brewing and Blending
- Willie the Boatman
- Young Henrys
As well as having the highest concentration of breweries in such a small area, it has one of the country’s most diverse range of beers on offer, from the hop forward US style beers from Batch Brewing through to using locally collected yeasts and blending beer at Wildflower. It also includes one of the best breweries in the country at the small BlackFont Brewhouse.
The area’s first craft brewery was Young Henrys in early 2012. They remained alone until late 2014 when Batch Brewing opened their doors which started the main rush of openings, many of which were helped directly, and indirectly by Batch. Soon after the new Rocks Brewery opened in nearby Alexandria.
The rate of two new breweries a year has continued since, with Willie the Boatman and BlackFont Brewhouse opening in 2015, Grifter Brewing and Bucket Boys Craft Beer in 2016, and Wildflower Brewing & Blending opening in the last few months with Sauce Brewing opening soon.
There are also several more breweries in planning for the area.
A number of the breweries also contract brew for other breweries listed in our Brewery List giving them a home in the area.
Batch Brewing Co
Batch Brewing Co is in a long single storey industrial unit on Sydenham Road which since it opened in December 2013 has increasingly used up all the available space for fermenters and the bar area.
Although the plan was to produce mainly hop forward US style IPAs, Batch is now more well known for its Elsie Milk Stout which is a rare core beer among the constantly changing list of unusual beers, including some impressive sours.
Always busy, the bar serves upto 10 beers on tap with a wider range available in growlers, bottles and now cans to take away.
Originally opened in June 2015, BlackFont Brewhouse recently reopened after a short closure for family reasons.
It is a must visit brewery in the area, producing some of the best beers in the country ranging from BerlinerWeiss to Belgian IPAs.
Hard to find, the small bar area has upto 12 beers on tap and a few bottles to take away. The brewery itself is small, so the beers rarely last long with its local reputation.
Bucket Boys Craft Beer
Bucket Boys Craft Beer Co on Illawarra Road is mainly a bottle shop showcasing a large range of local and international beers, but they have a growler filling station of their own, and guest, beers as well as holding regular brewery tasting sessions.
Only recently opened in November 2016, they have developed a solid reputation and are now also regional distributors for a number of out of state breweries. This is the place to buy bottled and canned beer.
Grifter Brewing Co
Whilst Grifter Brewing Co have been around since 2012, they found a home in 2016 at the large venue tucked away in an industrial unit off Enmore Road.
With plenty of space for the bar area, the brewery almost looks tiny against the back wall. Their full core range is always on tap alongside seasonal and one off beers.
Rocks Brewing Co
The inner west brewery and bar opened in 2014 significantly expanding the capacity of Rocks Brewing beyond their Harts Pub venue in the original Rocks area near Circular Quay.
With the bar opening at 9am, it is probably going to be the first stop on any local brewery crawl and is the perfect place for breakfast. The full core range of beers are on tap alongside a couple of seasonal and one off beers. The huge brewery itself is clearly visible from everywhere in the venue.
Sauce Brewing Co
Due to open soon, Sauce Brewing Co will nicely break up the walk between Batch and Grifter. They already have their hop centred beers available in a number of local venues.
Wildflower Brewing & Blending
Recently opened in April this year, Wildflower Brewing & Blending are already a must visit brewery in the area.
Using wort brewed at Batch Brewing, which is fermented in a couple of old dairy tanks in the venue using a mixture of brewers and locally collected yeast, it is then matured in a range of barrels before being blended to create either a Gold (a saison) or an Amber (a Biere de Garde). A Table beer is also available which is served straight after fermentation.
The beers are served from the bottles cradled in Lambic style baskets.
Willie the Boatman
Opened in early 2015, Willie the Boatman‘s range of beers reference local characters, many who helped build the brewery, which continues to expand filling the space at the rear of the small tasting room. Their Corn Ale is named after Local Federal Member Anthony Albanese, who has recently become a champion of craft beer.
They are also one of the few breweries in the country that offer an English style cask conditioned ale on a genuine handpump.
The original inner west brewery was Young Henrys opening in March 2012. The small bar area allows a small glimpse of the ever expanding brewery behind in the industrial unit. They also have an English style Real Ale which is usualluy available on a handpump at the brewery.
With such a high concentration of breweries in such a small area, it is no surprise that they have got together to form a local beer association, the Inner West Brewery Association which includes other nearby breweries in a wider Inner West area.
Easily the best place in the country for an easy walking brewery tour, the Marrickville Triangle is definitely the Australian Capital of Craft Beer.