It's been all change for one of Sydney's longest established microbreweries in recent years. The former Schwartz Brewery that was once located in the belly of the Macquarie Hotel in the city's CBD upped sticks and now operates out of a spanking new brewery that opened in Lovedale, in the Hunter Valley, in March 2014.
There, head brewer Mike Capaldo remains in charge and continues to produce beers predominantly of the paler and approachable sort that continue – in the case of the Lovedale Lager in particular – to pick up medals and trophies.
The original brewery was opened in 2005, an 800 litre wood clad brewhouse from the UK that supplied not only the hotel bars upstairs but also many others around Australia within the hotel chain. The headquarters are now in Sydney’s World Square, where you'll also find ‘The Cidery’ and a full production bottling line.
At the same time as the brewery was rebranded as the Sydney Brewery, the beers and cider also took on names to reflect the brewery's original home. Today, there are seven kinds of "suburban" beer, including the most popular Surry Hills Pils, Paddo Pale, Glamarama Summer Ale and Darlo Dark, now – like the Lovedale Lager – all available in draught and bottles. Completing the set is the Sydney Cider.
The Sydney address is listed. The Lovedale Brewery is located on the site of the Crowne Plaza in the Hunter Valley.