Raise a stein to the Bavarians, who perfected the art of brewing a few hundred years before Australia was colonised and enshrined the process into law to make sure it never strayed too far from the essentials: malt, hops, yeast and water.
Know your beer
Introducing... the Crafty Bavarian The ﬁrst cab off the rank for this new brewery operation is the Crafty Bavarian range, which is staying true to the German brewing traditions that have inﬂuenced brewing processes for centuries. They launched with a lager, a blonde, a hefeweizen and a pale ale, to ensure they paid homage to the German roots of the brewing company while also making sure they were making sessionable beers for the Australian climate. The Crafty Sisters The Crafty Sisters is the international range of beers from the Urban Brewing Co that boasts more passport stamps than a 20-year-old back-packer. For Latin lovers they brewed a Mexican-style lager for afternoon sessions that require a cold, refreshing beer. Japan’s growing craft beer scene inﬂ uenced the Japanese-style pilsner that has a soft, fruity aroma and a clean ﬁ nish. And since no round-the-world trip is complete without a European stopover, they added an Italian golden lager and an Italian pilsner to their stable to bring holiday vibes to every get together.
Meet the crafty Bavarian
Did you know that the Löwenbräu Keller, now known as Munich Brauhaus, has been serving Bavarian fare and tall beers in Sydney for 40 years? In the oftentimes-cutthroat Sydney hospitality scene that’s a near miracle, and Dom Dighton has been there for most of it. Dighton, 50, has been working for the Urban Purveyor Group (UPG) for 25 years, wending his way up from the cellars at Löwenbräu to become the General Manager Urban Beverage Operations, and the hospitality group’s resident beer professor. But his love for quality brews goes back even further than his tenure at the Sydney hospitality juggernaut. Like many fresh-faced school-leavers, Dighton took off to Europe when he was 20 and found himself at Oktoberfest. He was so enamoured with the famous Bavarian craft beer festival that he went back the following year with friends, and by his mid-twenties Dighton had settled into a role at the famous Sydney Bavarian-themed restaurant and bar. Not long after that, in 1998, the Bavarian Hospitality Group’s import licence expanded to include bottled beers as well as kegs for their venues, and Dighton was offered the opportunity to head up the new venture. “The chief executive at the time, John Szangolies, said ‘Dom, I need someone to go out and sell this beer. Would you be interested?’ I said ‘yes, but I don’t really know anything about beer’. So he sent me down to the University of Ballarat to do a one week live-in intensive short course in malting and brewing. It gives you a top
What goes into the perfect schnitzel?
If there’s one thing that UPG knows how to do, it’s schnitzel. With a portfolio of ten Bavarian Bier Cafés, two Munich Brauhaus bier halls and a new fast casual spin-off, the Bavarian, they get a lot of practice at flattening and crumbing cutlets before frying them to a golden crisp.
The Bavarian and Fratelli Famous
We realise being spoiled for choice is a nice problem to have, but sometimes you really just can’t decide if you want a schnitzel and a stein or a pizza and wine. Fortunately there are people out there who understand that these decisions can cripple the best-laid dinner plans, and have decided to solve this culinary conundrum with a dual venue. That’s right, folks; the famous Bavarian Bier Cafés and Fratelli Fresh are joining forces to create a quick-fire Bavarian-Italian dining hub.
El Camino Cantina
As one of the oldest parts of the city, the Rocks has sandstone ale houses and haunted terraces to spare, but they've been low on Tex Mex party vibes, until now. El Camino Cantina has just opened down on Argyle Street, and they're packing as much neon signage, hot sauce and frozen Margaritas as they can into the old Ananas site. The menu is all about tasty hot pockets in shapes and sizes, so you've got tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos, enchiladas and burritos.