Enjoy a beer or two or collect a quality slab at Sydney's best city breweries.
1. Redoak Boutique Beer Cafe || 201 Clarence St, Sydney. Ph: (02) 9262 3303. reredoak.com.au
Despite being Sydney’s most awarded microbrewery, Redoak is actually about more than just the beer. The signature beers like Framboise Froment or Blackberry Hefeweizen are designed to be paired, like wines, with food from the café’s top-notch menu. They also have lovely imported beers like a Belgium Chocolate Stout and an Oatmeal Stout.
2. Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel || 19 Kent St, The Rocks. Ph: (02) 9251 4044. lordnelsonbrewery.com
This is pretty much the epitome of the classic brew pub being Sydney’s oldest. Grab one of their six pale ales and drink in the history. The Nelsons Brasserie is also a good stop off for some tucker.
3. 4 Pines || 29/43-45 East Esp, Manly. Ph: (02) 9976 2300. 4pinesbeer.com.au
Situated upstairs above the Manly Cinemas, 4 Pines is a fun-filled venue that incorporates handcrafted beer like hefeweizen and kolsch as well as a crisp cider on tap. Pair this with great pub food and live music and you have a guaranteed great night out.
4. Schwartz Brewery || Macquarie Hotel, 42 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills. Ph: (02) 8262 8877. schwartzbreweryhotel.com
For years the Macquarie Hotel made its name as a home of jazz and funk music, now renamed the Schwartz Brewery Hotel, it’s better known for its eight house brews including a German-style dark ale and a Bavarian red. The venue has been around since 1888 so it’s a gem for more reasons that one.
5. St Peters Brewery || 15 May St, St Peters. Ph: (02) 9519 0191. stpetersbrewerysydney.com.au
There’s no pub attached to this one-man brewery but somehow the word on Matt Donelan’s beer has spread. His signature Blonde comes only on tap and is a staple drink through pubs in the Inner West such as The Townie in Newtown and The Hive Bar in Erskineville. The Killagh Stout and Green Star Larger come in bottles as well as a Cinnamon Girl Spiced Ale perhaps designed for the ladies.