After opening its sister Lovedale Brewery at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in March 2014, Sydney Brewery has gone from strength to strength. On the back of a swag of medals in the three years that followed – 77 in total including nine trophies and ten golds by the end of 2017 – they have expanded the Lovedale facility to triple its capacity and installed a state-of-the-art bottling and canning line.
The original Schwartz Brewery was opened in 2005, with an 800 litre wood clad brewhouse from the UK that supplied not only the hotel bars upstairs but also many others around NSW within the Schwartz Family Company hotel chain. Sydney Brewery headquarters are now in Sydney’s World Square, where you'll also find The Cidery bar and kitchen, all part of SFC owned Rydges World Square.
In line with the breweries rebranding as Sydney Brewery in 2013, the beers took on names to reflect the brewery's original home. Today, there are eight kinds of "suburban" beer, including the most popular Surry Hills Pils, Paddo Pale, Glamarama Summer Ale, Pyrmont Rye IPA and Darlo Dark, along with the multi-trophy winning Lovedale Lager, which was born out of the new Lovedale Brewery. More recent additions include Pittwater Bitter and Sydney Session Lager, as well as a regular array of seasonals like Bondi Belgian Blonde and Potts Point Porter.
Then there is Sydney Cider, which has also collected multiple trophies since arriving on the scene its hybrid offspring, Agave Ginger Cider, which has quickly made its mark too. Completing the fruity fleet is pear cider Manly Perry, launched in 2017 and collecting a bronze soon after at the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show to confirm Sydney Brewery’s excellent cider making credentials.