When it comes to beer, people are eschewing the big, corporate giants in favour of smaller craft brews with unique and unusual flavours and a local connection. After all, great craft beer is about more than just what’s in the glass – it’s also about the story behind what’s in the glass. And Inner West breweries are embracing this movement, with their unique approach to beer brewing defining the craft beer landscape in Sydney.
In honour of these beer disruptors, we’ve put together the best Inner West beer crawl for unique craft brews.
WILLIE THE BOATMAN
Willie the Boatman is a local craft brewery that is all about the beer. Pared back and no frills, but with friendly brewers who love nothing more than a good yarn, Willie’s is the place to go for a Marrickville Lager or a melon gosé, and a chat with locals. In true community spirit, every beer is named after a local character or legend. It also closes early, so make Willie’s your first stop on the beer crawl.
Open Thurs 3pm to 7pm, Fri 12pm to 9pm, Sat 11am to 7pm and Sun 12pm to 7pm
Suite 601, 75 Mary Street, St Peters ~ 0413 514 026 ~ www.willietheboatman.com
BATCH BREWING CO.
Located in a warehouse on Sydenham Road, Batch Brewing Co. is both super simple, and truly innovative. Beer here runs the gamut of milk stouts made with Campos coffee, dragonfruit sour ales and the superb orange and chilli gosé. Every time you head over to Batch, they’ll be pulling something new. Grab a seat on one of the comfy couches and try a jar or two.
Open daily 10am to 8pm
44 Sydenham Road, Marrickville ~ 02 9550 5432 ~ www.batchbrewingco.com.au
STOCKADE BARREL ROOM
Your next stop on the beer crawl, the Stockade Barrel Room, will feel more cocktail bar than beer joint. The venue is slick and modern, with towers of beer-filled barrels that keeps the enthusiasts keen. Stockade offers the standard core range of beers, a lager, mid strength, pale ale and IPA, but it’s the limited releases that stole the hearts of Sydney beer lovers. Brews such as peach, salt and coriander infused gosé and stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels have made this experimental brewery a firm (and award-winning) favourite.
Open Thurs 5pm to 10pm, Fri & Sat 12pm to 12am and Sun 12pm to 10pm
25 Cadogan Street, Marrickville ~ www.stockadebrewco.com.au
SAUCE BREWING CO
If you’ve timed it right, you’ll be getting to Sauce Brewing Co just as the day is lengthening into a long, slow afternoon – the perfect time for settling into an urban beer garden. And Sauce is just the place to do that. Bypass the state of the art brewers setup in the taproom (but take a gander while you pass) and head out back to the enormous green space. Don’t worry about grabbing a beer on the way through – there’s a mobile bar out the back serving the ultra-hoppy, experimental brews Sauce is known for.
Taproom open Thurs 4pm to 10pm, Fri and Sat 12pm to 10pm and Sun 12pm to 8pm; open for takeaways only weekdays from 10am to 5pm
1a Mitchell Street, Marrickville ~ 02 8580 3555 ~ www.sauce.beer
THE GRIFTER BREWING COMPANY
It started out as gypsy brewing in the kitchen but The Grifter Brewing Company has now become one of the finest breweries in all of Australia and a great place to end your beer crawl. The venue is a fantastic all around, with a slick, minimalist bar space and a heart-tugging old pool room, and the working brewery acting as a visual background to it all. There’s an excellent range of bespoke beer from watermelon pilsner to cucumber kolsch, and the requisite limited editions on tap as well. On the weekends a food truck pulls right into the center of the site. So grab a brew, grab a bite and settle in for the night.
Open Mon to Thurs 4pm to 9pm, Fri and Sat 12pm to 10pm and Sun 12pm to 8pm
391 Enmore Road, Marrickville ~ 02 9550 5742 ~ www.thegrifter.com.au