4 Pines

Chances are, the team at 4 Pines weren't the first Australians to check out their local bars only to conclude there wasn't a single good beer to be found in any of them. Equally, the chances are very few have decided to do something about it by opening a venue and brewing their own. Mostly Western Australian in origin and starved of the quality beer they'd become used to in WA, where the Aussie craft beer revolution started, that's exactly what they did.

The result of their enterprise is 4 Pines, the brewery, bar and restaurant that overlooks the Manly ferry terminal and is playing a key role in turning Sydneysiders onto better beer. Opened in the middle of 2008 when there wasn't an Aussie craft beer to be found anywhere in the suburb, it rapidly earned a reputation for brewing a quality drop. They started out with four core beers - Kolsch, Pale, Hefeweizen and ESB - but have expanded to a point where those are now complemented by 15 to 20 seasonals and specialty batches every year ' plus the world's first ever beer designed for consumption in space, a unique version of their stout going by the name - 4 Pines 'Vostok Space Beer� Stout - www.vostokspacebeer.com .

The success of the brewery has been such that 4 Pines is in the process of setting up a new 50 hectolitre system (for those to whom that means nothing, that's ten times the size of their current brewery - i.e. pretty darn big). The hope is that this will allow them to share the love and send more beer outside the local community. So far only occasional kegs have made it outside Manly - usually for festivals - and only the Kolsch, Pale, Hefeweizen and Stout are bottled, making the pilgrimage to the brewery itself essential for anyone wanting to tuck into everything from their Imperial Stout to the awesome Wee Heavy that debuted at the 2011 Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular.

Aside from the beer, 4 Pines kitchen is in itself what many locals come back for multiple times a week! From an eye fillet steak, to their famous chunky chips the menu covers all bases, while the mega burger and signature beef pie are the stuff of local legend, The venue also hosts live music every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. You'll even find a magician wandering between the tables on Thursdays in what could be an Aussie brewery first, plus special beer nights and themed beer events and festivals, all of which you can keep up to date with by joining their beer club.

Here's hoping more Australians who can't find good beer at their local follow the 4 Pines example.

Name
4 Pines
Address

29/43-45 East Esplanade
Manly
NSW 2095

Phone
(02) 9976 2300
Website
Website

The Regulars

4 Pines ESB (500ml bottles)

Way back at the first ever GABS - back when the "A" stood for Australian not Australasian, there were 20 not 89 beers, and it took place at The Local Taphouses not the Royal Exhibition Building - among the crazy high ABV beers and hop bombs one of the standouts was 4 Pines' Wee Heavy: a multi-layered, luscious malty treat. It was like a step up from their ESB, and now that ESB - which itself seems to have become beefier since - has been released in chunky 500ml bottles to complement the brewery's 330ml bottle range. And it's a cracker: a rich, hearty blend of toffee and sweet nut aromas and flavours that heap layer upon layer of goodness into every mouthful. The hops are there to add little more than a spot of grounding earthiness and balancing bitterness, allowing the malts - and a wee bit of raisiny fruitiness - to take centre stage. The Crafty Pint grew up in the UK drinking ales and this is a reminder of home in a good way, so much so we've been foisting it onto all of our beer loving ··· Read more
Style
ESB
Strength
5.4%
Bitterness
45 IBU

4 Pines Kolsch

The 4 Pines Kolsch helped garner a little attention for the brewery in 2010 when it picked up gold at the 2010 Sydney Royal Show, one of the toughest judged beer competitions in Australia. Light straw in colour, with aromas of lemon and lime and a light malty palate, it finishes crisp and clean and is a good beer for winning over the uninitiated to the craft beer cause. ··· Read more
Style
Kolsch
Strength
4.6%

4 Pines Pale Ale

A beer crammed with four varieties of American hop and a hefty malt bill that results in a deep amber beer with a touch of ruby. The hops give you aromas of pine and grapefruit before the malt gives way to a solid bitter finish. ··· Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.1%

4 Pines ESB

An Extra Special Bitter that's true to the beer's British origins, this gold medallist from the 2010 Australian International Beer Awards is a mouth-filling, full-flavoured malty treat of a beer. Deep copper in colour with some floral, earthy hints on the nose, the ale yeast offers up some nice fruit flavours before the malts take over in the form of coffee and caramel. Oh, and there's plenty of bitterness at the end - it is an Extra Special Bitter, after all. ··· Read more
Style
ESB
Strength
5.6%

4 Pines Hefeweizen

A beer that takes its inspiration from the style that was born in Bavaria in South Germany, but creates a version using only Kiwi hops. It pours a cloudy pale straw, has a mildly sweet nose with a touch of banana and a rounded palate of both banana and typical hefe yeast spiciness. ··· Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Strength
5.2%

4 Pines Stout

The beer that is being developed as the world's first "space beer", the 4 Pines Stout is made in the dry Irish style and made with a seven-strong malt lineup. Nigh on black with a tan head, it gives off coffee, chocolate and caramel on the nose, characteristics that come through on the palate too, along with a smooth finishing bitterness. ··· Read more
Style
Irish Stout
Strength
5.1%

The Specials

4 Pines Keller Door: Imperial India Brown Ale

Up until now, Sydney's 4 Pines has tended to use its occasional bottled Keller Door releases to showcase beers a little different from their core range without straying too far from the 4 Pines path. There have been single hop IPAs, an Oktoberfest lager and a hoppy amber. But, for their latest, there's been something of a change of tack, one that has essentially seen things ratcheted up several notches. And when we say "things" we mean hops, malt and booze content. The Imperial Brown Ale is a beer that leaves little in the locker room and it's surely no accident they reference America in their release notes as it's the sort of beer that would first have appeared in the American craft beer scene. It looks like a carbonated muscat, hits you with a combination of resinous hops, nuts, treacly toffee and dates then backs those up with a lingering, bitter but balanced, almost sticky finish. The brewers reckon it's "so smooth it should be a Morgan Freeman monologue", which seems appropriate as ··· Read more
Style
Imperial Brown Ale
Strength
8.0%
Stockists

Good bottleshops nationwide

Released August 18 2014

4 Pines Keller Series: Amber Mosaic

The team at Manly's 4 Pines is back with another seasonal release in 500ml bottles. And, as with those that have come before, they continue to eschew the path trodden by many local brewers when it comes to seasonal releases ' in other words, go nuts ' in favour of releasing rather more approachable affairs. Following in the footsteps of the likes of their Oktoberfest lager and the recent Calypso comes the Amber Mosaic. It is a beer that has seen the light of day on tap before and is now enjoying nationwide packaged exposure. It's a good-looking beer: bright, burnished amber with an off-white head - and rather flavoursome too. The Mosaic hops lend the beer some familiar citrus and tropical fruit aromas, which are joined by caramel and toffee as the beer warms. Those malt flavours are more prominent in the mouth in a beer that wraps up with a touch of toast alongside the hops' cleansing bitterness. ··· Read more
Style
American Amber Ale
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
37 IBU
Stockists

Available at good bottleshops nationwide

Released April 29 2014

4 Pines Keller Door Single Hop Series Calypso

Of all the Keller Door series undertaken by Manley's 4 Pines, the Single Hop Series has been the most prolific, resulting in a broad spectrum of beers showcasing different hops from around the globe. The concept is simple: to the same base beer is added a different hop variety so that drinkers can discover just what it does to a beer. The Calypso is something of a rarity in the series given it has gone beyond being a limited run tap beer and made it into 500ml bottles that will be available relatively widely across the country. Given it has been chosen to flee the coop, you might expect it to be the sort of hoppy ale that leaps up your nostrils and then takes a spanking paddle to the back of your tongue. However, it's actually a rather delicate affair, one that saunters gaily through your nostrils while reaching for feathers from the dress up wardrobe with which to tantalise rather than pummel the back of your tongue. What the Calypso hop serves up is of the citrusy and spicy variety, characteristics ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
27 IBU
Stockists

Nationwide

Released March 11 2014

4 Pines Keller Door Series: Oktoberfest

There's a line in the Sh!t Beer Geeks Say! video from Good Beer Week 2013 in which one of the geeks comments that a brewery's beer isn't the same since they increased capacity. It's probably the kind of thing that will have crossed the minds of one or two as 4 Pines went from a Manly brewpub knocking out all its beers on an in-house 500 litre system to owners of a 5,000 offsite brewery - via a few contract brews of its big sellers. It's a thought that is diminished pretty much any time you drink one of their beers as they continue what must be one of the smoothest transitions from said brewpub to one of the country's largest craft brewers. This Oktoberfest beer is their latest quarterly bottled Keller Door release and, while it doesn't get us hot under the collar like the outstanding ESB (little does at the minute, except maybe the prospect of Steve Mason, the Polyphonic Spree, Fuck Buttons and three big beer events in the next 16 days), it's none too shabby either. For a start, it looks ··· Read more
Style
Oktoberfest
Strength
5.5%
Bitterness
23 IBU
Stockists

4 Pines

And good craft beer venues including:

Purvis Cellars

Church St Cellars

McCoppins Abbotsford

McCoppins Fitzroy

[Carwyn Cellars](/beer/bottlesh

Released October 7 2013

4 Pines Keller Door Series: USA 2013

They love celebrating the nations of the world at 4 Pines. Give them a country marking an occasion of significance and they'll give you a new beer; sometimes four. Once again they've used Independence Day as an excuse to head to the brewery armed with tonnes of hops to create a series of US-inspired ales. It's the fourth time they've marked Independence Day in such a manner, with this year's beers the 10th, 11th and 12th Yankee beers. As brewery owner Jaron tells us: "This occasion is perfect to work with some fantastic ingredients and awesome styles of beer, as well as give thanks to Will Smith, in memory of the day he single handedly thwarted an Alien Invasion taking over the world." While it's their fourth US-inspired series and umpteenth Keller Door release, it's the first that has seen such a beer appear inside bottles; big bottles too. Said beer is the El Dorado IPA, which measures six per cent ABV and 55 IBU. We sampled Flying Dog's single hop El Dorado when in the States earlier ··· Read more
Style
Various US hop bombs
Strength
Various
Stockists

4 Pines

Good bars and bottleshops nationally

Released July 4 2013

4 Pines Autumn Ale

Inspiration for a new 4 Pines beer can apparently come from many different sources. It can, like their stout - the 'Certified Space Beer' - spend years in continual development and involve aeronautical engineers and zero-gravity flights. Others, like this one, have a rather more straightforward genesis. The story goes that 4 Pines brewers Andrew Tweddell and Chris Willcock were chatting with the bar supervisor, Chris Moore, when the conversation turned along the lines of: Chris W: We need to brew another Cask Ale for after St Pat's Day. Andrew: What should we brew? Chris M: The Summer Ale was popular. Chris W: Yeah, but it's not summer anymore. Chris M: Autumn Ale? Chris W: Makes sense. Andrew: Autumn Amber Ale? Chris W: Brilliant! And so we have the 4 Pines Autumn Amber Ale, which the brewers have described as 'a pretty typical American Amber style, with a toasty malt sweetness and rounded tropical and grassy hop notesâ?. Those come from the Mosaic hops from the USA which were used ··· Read more
Style
American Amber Ale
Strength
4.6%
Stockists

4 Pines

Released March 24 2013

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2013: St Pat's Stouts

Despite having a flash new brewery in Brookvale, the brewing team at 4 Pines are making sure they still get time to play with the old set-up back in Manly by continuing to knock out their Keller Door releases. This latest release coincides with St Patrick's Day - surely of of the stoutiest times of the year - and the St Pat's Stout series. Where last year they served up four new stouts, this time they've gone for just the two; one big and one small. The small one is a Milk Stout which, at just 4.3 per cent abv, makes for a light and easy-drinker. With its coffee aromas, the brewers reckon this is one that'll tempting enough to make you put down your latte. At the other end of the spectrum is the Black Forest Imperial Stout which clocks in at eight per cent abv. The brewers say this one's an 'experimental take on a high alcohol Russian Imperial Stout. Big and bold and infused with cocoa and cherries during maturationâ?. It might be one to sip on towards the end of the night - 'a dessert ··· Read more
Style
Stout(s)
Strength
Various strengths
Stockists

4 Pines

Others TBC

Released March 14 2013

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2013: Single Hops

The first Keller Door release from 4 Pines for 2013 is a new incarnation of 2012's popular Single Hop Series. The concept of the Single Hop Series is for the brewers to make the exact same beer several times over, with the only difference to the recipe being the variety of hop that's added. This year there are three beers on show, made with a malt bill consisting of 95% Ale malt, 4% Wheat and 1% Crystal malt. The hop varieties are Centennial from the USA, Hallertau Mittlefruh from Germany and Target from the UK. To give an idea of the sorts of differences to expect, the aromatic Centennial hop is widely used in American Pale and Golden Ales, Hallertau Mittlefruh should give lemon and lychee aromas while Target should bring through citrus and passionfruit. If you get a chance to taste these beers side by side, you'lll find that the Single Hop Series is probably one of the most rewarding - not to mention delicious - ways to discover the role that hops play in a beer. And if that necessitates ··· Read more
Style
Single Hop Pale Ales
Strength
Various
Stockists

4 Pines

Released February 7 2013

4 Pines Christmas Ale 2012

There's something undeniably comforting about a winter Christmas: the glow of an open fire, snow outside the window and a warming festive ale in hand. But in Australia - where Christmas is generally spent increasing one's quota of sun, sand and surf - the last thing on most people's wish list is a strong dark spiced ale. What would be far more suited to the climate is something like a Summer Saison, and that's exactly what 4 Pines have delivered in time for Christmas 2012. This 'highly sessionableâ? beer, as the 4 Pines crew tell us, is 'orange in colour, with a distinctively spicy flavour and aroma, highlighted by the traditional yeast strain and the addition of cinnamon, clove, star anise, fennel, and pepper.â? 'Tis the saison! Nick O ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Saison
Strength
5.2%
Stockists

VIC

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Young and Jacksons

Junction Beer Hall

Gertrude Hotel

QLD

The Villager

Tippler's Tap

More stockists...

Released December 19 2012

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: Wee Heavy

We seem to recall that, back in the depths of time when GABS was merely the Great Australian Beer Spectapular held at the Local Taphouses rather than the behemoth that now bestrides the Royal Exhibition Building, one of the highlights was a rich, multi-layered malty number from 4 Pines going by the name Wee Heavy. So this, we assume, can be taken as some sort of relation of said beer. Its big, musclebound older brother perhaps, as while we remember the previous one rocking in at around seven per cent (exits Rainman mode), this is a rather larger affair. It's a 9.5 per cent strong Scotch Ale brewed in honour of St Andrew's Day and if you head along on the night of the launch (November 30) there are prizes on offer. Namely, they're giving a free Wee Heavy to anyone who proves their Scottish heritage, wears a kilt or can hold a conversation in a Sean Connery like accent. ··· Read more
Style
Wee Heavy
Strength
9.5%
Bitterness
22 IBU
Stockists

4 Pines

Released November 30 2012

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: St Pats Stouts

The second in the 4 Pines series of multiple releases sees them switch from showcasing hops to showcasing rather darker beers. In tribute to St Patrick's Day, Keller Door 2 sees them unveiling a Dry Irish Stout (which is also pouring on the hand pump at their Manly venues) alongside an Oatmeal Stout, Choc Orange Stout and Russian Imperial Stout. The beers have been tapped at Manly to kickstart their Paddy's Day Weekend festivities, while others are currently winging their way around the country's beer bars for your deep and dark tasting pleasure. ··· Read more
Style
Stouts
Strength
Various
Stockists

4 Pines

The Local Taphouse Darlo

Harts Pub

Freda's

Union Hotel, Newtown

Biero

[Cherry Tree](/beer/bar/cherry-tr

Released March 16 2012

4 Pines Spiced Ale 2011

Towards the end of last year, the crew at 4 Pines got into the festive spirit and laid down a very small batch of Christmas Ale. Alas, Christmas came and went with no sign of the beer. It remained firmly locked in its stainless steel prison, closely guarded but knowing its release was imminent. That time has finally come. Since it is now February, the specialty brew has been renamed 'Spiced Ale' and in terms of a description, it pretty much is what it says. In a way, having this Spiced Ale in February is probably about right because it's about halfway between a Christmas cake and an Easter bun - something you might like to cherish beside an open fire on a cold night. But if you're planning on waiting for winter to try it - don't. Only ten kegs were produced for release on special occasions. Lucky for you, something special must have happened out at Manly because they have a keg tapped right now... Nick O ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Ale
Stockists

4 Pines

Released February 21 2012

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: Single Hops

The first of a what will be a series of releases throughout 2012 from the brewing team at 4 Pines, in which they simultaneously showcase four beers that share a theme. The concept is launched with the Single Hop series, which we wrote about on Crafty late last year. The four beers have been brewed with an identical malt bill (95% Ale, 4% Wheat, 1% Crystal) with the only difference being the choice of hop. The four varieties being used are Amarillo - an aromatic American hop synonymous with APAs and golden ales, Sorachi Ace (Japan) - which has an overwhelming and unique lemon, lemongrass and lychee like aroma, Galaxy (AUS) - known for its citrus and passionfruit aromas, and Aramis (France)- a strong, herbal, lemon like aroma. The idea is to give drinkers that chance to see what different hops can do to a beer. Watch out for future releases in the Keller Door series later in the year... ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
26 IBU

Released January 9 2012

4 Pines Keller Door Series 2012: Amarillo Summer Ale

Throughout 2012, the brewers at 4 Pines will be releasing a series of single hop beers. However, it appears that they couldn't wait to get started as one has slipped out already. Taking a similar concept to BrewDog's IPA is Dead series and Mikkeller's Single Hop IPA series, the beers will be brewed to the same recipe with the only differing aspect the choice of hop. Kicking off the series is the American hop Amarillo, which has led to a beer described as "light in appearance, with a sweet aroma, refreshingly crisp with a slight bitterness destined to please your taste buds". If you want to check it for yourself, get thee to Manly! ··· Read more
Style
Summer Ale
Stockists

4 Pines

Released December 2 2011

4 Pines German Specials

For their Oktoberfest celebrations, the 4 Pines team has knocked out not one but four different German style beers to be tapped throughout the month. They are: Pils, a 5.2%, 42 IBU lager featuring a NZ variation on a noble German hop; Marzen, a 4.8%, 23 IBU lager they describe as "smooth, clean and rather rich with a depth of malt character that is soft complex and elegant"; Dunkelweizen, a 4.7%, 15 IBU take on the dark wheat beer style that's a "spicy, fruity, malty, refreshing" blending the yeast and wheat character of a hefeweizen with the malty richness of a Munich dunkel; and Kristallweizen, a 5.0%, 17 IBU wheat beer that's "pale, spicy, fruity". You'll find them all appearing on tap at some point in October after the launch of the 4 Pines Oktoberfest on the 6th. ··· Read more
Style
Various Germans styles
Strength
Various
Stockists

4 Pines

Released October 6 2011

4 Pines Canuck & RyePA

A pair of new beers are rolling out of the brewhouse at 4 Pines this weekend as they set about celebrating both Canada Day and Independence Day. First up is the Canuck Canadian Red Ale, designed to be a perfect match with their maple syrup drizzled pancakes with bacon. It comes in at 5.0% and 30IBUs, is unfiltered and has "clean, fresh bitterness complimented by a biscuit-like palate and aroma". Then on Monday, the RyePA (Rye IPA), a beer firmly in the image of the country it's been brewed to celebrate - 7.0% and 49IBU - will be unleashed. According to the brewer, it's "decidedly hoppy and bitter" and "exhibits a fine balance between resinous hop bitterness and a rye derived grainy palate". ··· Read more
Style
Red Ale & Rye IPA
Strength
5.0% & 7.0%
Bitterness
30IBU and 49IBU
Stockists

4 Pines

Released July 1 2011

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