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The craft beer scene in Australia, and especially in Sydney, has seen a massive boom over the last couple of years. Currently, there are numerous pubs and venues claiming they have the best and the largest choice when it comes to craft beer. Until recently, you could only see beers coming from Western Australia and Victoria, but today, there are a lot of excellent breweries across the country, ready to cater to your particular craft beer needs. Let’s go over some of the best locations in Sydney that every tourist and every local should visit at least once in their lifetimes.
Bitter Phew is known for its wide selection of various interesting beers and it’s a local favorite of many. It has over a hundred different beers you can order across 12 taps, making it one of the largest selection of craft beer in Sydney. The place itself is fairly simple and small and it’s located in an Oxford Street attic. One could easily miss the place if they’re not careful, as they have a rather inconspicuous sign post. They also offer a Bottle Share option which is ideal for small groups of people who’d like to taste as many new beers as they can. Craft beer aficionados also have the option of checking their monthly “Rare Phew” events and enjoy tasting some of the rarest types and sorts of beers available.
Keg & Brew
pub food, as well as a fine selection of craft beers. Its modern list of craft and tap beers is beautifully coupled with an old school vibe in order to provide its visitors with an authentic pub experience. They offer a selection of local beers and ciders, as well as various international and interstate brews. With 3 hand pumps and over 30 taps, you certainly won’t be waiting for your order too long and if you like a drink that packs a kick, make sure to try one of 30 bourbons they have available.
The Noble Hops
This venue has only been around for some time now and it already has a dedicated following and a reputation for being one of the best new craft beer bars. The venue can hold around 60 people and serve them across 10 teams. This might seem small to you in comparison to other craft beer venues, but have in mind that The Noble Hops serves craft beers made by independent breweries on 8 of their taps, while the remaining two are reserved for a more international selection. This place has a sizable list, counting over 50 beers imported from America and Belgium and offers a pretty substantial list of whiskeys.
SoCal is an ideal place to visit with friends and family, as it boasts an exceptionally large menu filled with the freshest seafood ingredients. Whether it’s chili dogs, eggplant quesadillas, mulla tacos or something more extravagant like seared salmon with zucchini, you will not be disappointed no matter what you order. SoCal Neutral Bay offers a broad selection of both homebrewed and international beers, ales and lagers. Besides, its wine selection is one of the finest around, offering red, white, rose and even sparkling wine. Tequila enthusiast will be glad to hear that SoCal also has over 15 different tequilas from around the world and the only thing you need to be careful is not to get ahead of yourself and try to taste them all in one sitting.
Public House Petersham
Public House Petersham was generally considered to be the new kid on the block, but after a major redesign in 2015, this pub is teeming with social activities throughout the day. People can enjoy various beer-related activities including a beer bake-off, and those with a sizeable beard are always welcome to enter their beard-off contest. The enormous beer garden offers a wide selection of locally brewed craft beers and possibility to order a quick bite from the specials menu that changes on a daily basis.
These are just some of the finest, most interesting craft beer options in Sydney. Whether you’re a local in need of a pint of cold, craft beer or tourists looking for a place to sit down and unwind, these five craft beer spots are the best ones out there. Make sure to visit them and try out some of the best international, as well as locally brewed craft beers in Sydney, you will certainly not be disappointed.