Thanks to the boutique brewing boom, local watering holes are boasting seasonal brews on tap, craft breweries are opening up all over Sydney, and we have two annual festivals dedicated to all things craft beer. Here's where to get in on the sudsy fun.
The best craft beer Sydney has to offer
The best brewery bars in Sydney
We're spoiled for choice when it comes to venues serving craft beer in this city, but there's something extra special about drinking a beer in the place it was made, which is why you should make tracks to these excellent breweries serving the best craft beer Sydney has to offer.
Craft beer subscriptions
You know what's a great present idea? A drinkable subscription. But wine is a tricky thing to pick for other people – beer is an entirely different beast. If someone is a craft beer fan then they'll know what they like, but if a box arrives full of freaky ferments they'll also dive right in and see if a strawberry saison is for them. It's literally the gift that keeps on giving, and each delivery brings with it the promise of a trip to flavour town, every time.
Brewery Bars pouring crazy fresh beers
4 Pines Brewing Company
Batch Brewing Co
Flat Rock Brew Cafe
The Grifter Brewing Co
The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel
Redoak Boutique Beer Café
Rocks Brewery and Bar
Wayward Brewing Co
Willie the Boatman
Where to get the good stuff
Where to buy a growler
Some things in bulk are disgusting, like margarine or any kind of dairy product. But beer in big serves is a thing a beauty, which is why the 1.89L growler makes for the perfect vessel. It's enough fresh ale to share around a group of friends, or to keep one very thirsty person out of trouble for a couple of days. And you also feel a bit like an old-timey pirate lugging a hug glass bottle of beer around, which only adds to the appeal.
Where to get a tasting paddle
Being faced with a huge selection of craft beers is a nice problem to have. But what if you order that Belgian sour and it turns out it's not for you? What is you fill up on that pale ale and leave no room for the smoked proter you've been eyeing off? The solution to all your problems is the tasting paddle, allowing you to sample the best beers on offer until you find the one you want to drink a second, and maybe third time.
Best craft beer pubs
Support the little guys
Independent bottle shops in Sydney
We're not talking mega liquor barns here, but rather the best independent places to buy booze in Sydney - whether it's Penfolds Grange you're after, a craft beer selection, some natural wines or just some longies.
Meet the brewers
We have an ace collection of people brewing amazing beers in Sydney, so Time Out headed down to the brewery floors to get the skinny on what it takes to brew in this city.