Illawarra Brewing Company

The Illawarra Brewing Company will always hold an important place in the hearts of beer lovers on the New South Wales south coast. Originally operating under the Five Islands name, the brewery and bar in which it was located, opposite Wollongong’s main beach, was for a long time the region’s lone voice when it came to producing and promoting locally brewed beer.

It was a rebrand to the Illawarra Brewing Company in 2011, combined with moving the brewery to a larger site in North Wollongong to increase capacity, that saw the brewery gain wider recognition at a national level, particularly when, with brewers Shaun Blissett and Ashur Hall at the helm, they began collecting a swag of medals at both local and international beer shows.

Their beer range, the core of which began as a crowd-pleasing selection including koelsch, pilsner, amber ale and porter, began to expand rapidly into a never-ending series of one-offs, from yeast-driven Belgian-inspired styles to the full force of American double IPAs. A barrel ageing program was initiated too, meaning there's always something different and interesting on the go.

Over recent years the brewery has moved from being a production-only facility to one that welcomes in visitors. There's now a six tap tasting bar overlooking the brewhouse where, once you've found a favourite, you can grab takeaways from their counter-pressured growler filling station. The hospitality side has continued to expand downwards and out; on Fridays and Saturdays tables and chairs are laid out beneath a wall of barrels while sun umbrellas, deck chairs, a barbecue and the occasional food truck sprawl out of the brewery floor.

A further rebrand in 2016 saw Illawarra consolidate a core range they felt had become too broad. That coincided with a decision to reduce the focus on sending beer to the bigger beer cities of Sydney and Melbourne and instead giving more love to the local Wollongong market and preaching the message of the importance of drinking beer fresh from the source. That said, you’ll still see Illawarra brews around the place, particularly when their caravan – complete with a four beer tap system – rolls into local festivals and farmers markets. And there's a chance you'll see them alongside Sutherland brewers Shark Island who they've teamed up with to create the Southern Brewers which helps push the cause for supporting local breweries south of Sydney.

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Name
Illawarra Brewing Company
Address

4/83-85 Montague Street
North Wollongong
NSW 2500

Phone
(02) 4225 0317
Website
Hours

Tasting Bar:
Tues: Midday to 6pm
Fri and Sat: Midday to 6pm

Growler swap and go:
Tuesday to Saturday (provided someone's at the brewery to open the door)

Tours

By appointment

The Regulars

Illawarra Porter

The world is all about being efficient these days - getting what you need faster and with more bang for your buck. This Brown Porter is an exercise in efficiency, providing your Recommended Daily Intake of dark chocolate, espresso coffee and bitter cocoa in a single glass*. As a relatively dry and sessionable porter, this is definitely one for that friend who 'doesn't like beer'. A single glass may not actually provide your RDI of these ingredients. You may need two or more. ··· Read more
Style
Porter

Illawarra Rust Amber Ale

The Rust Amber Ale tiptoes the line between beauty and brawn without ever losing its balance. It is the colour of an industrial leather work boot, has the cleanest of roasted malts, a molten caramel flavour that oozes down the middle of your palate and a strong hop presence that never takes away from its floral finesse. Like leaving your car parked by the seaside, this rust will simply grow and grow on you. ··· Read more
Style
Amber Ale

Illawarra Pale Ale

Brewing is a certainly a global game these days. Inspired by America, sourced from New Zealand and the US and made in Australia, the Nelson Pale Ale was originally conceived as a seasonal release. With a solid malt body, a crisp, bitter finish and the all-important US/NZ hop hit, it picked up a gold medal at the Sydney Royal Beer competition and a bronze at the 2012 AIBA. That was plenty to convince the brewers that this was worth adding to the permanent range where it remained for several years, ··· Read more
Style
US Pale Ale

Illawarra Wit

Pepper? Check. Clove? Check. Banana? Check. Your nose will let you know you're in Wit country. But, just to be sure, you'll need to taste it. Orange peel... citrus... coriander seeds... this classically-styled beer has more layers than a Belgian monk in winter and a lot more spiciness too. ··· Read more
Style
Witbier

The Specials

Illawarra Brewing Smashing Rumpkin 2016

Tapped Wed Nov 16 2016
The sixth iteration of the Illawarra Brewing Company’s annual pumpkin ale has hit taps and, as ever, what’s emerged is a different beast to the one that appeared last Halloween. This year, due to an apparently massive growth in the popularity of slow smoked barbecue food on the south coast, the mobile smoker the brewery often uses to smoke the pumpkins was booked out for months. Not to be deterred, the brewers simply sharpened their knives and did it themselves. Tray by tray, through an entire ··· Read more
Style
Pumpkin Ale
Strength
5.8%

Illawarra Brewing Company Smokey Juan

Tapped Mon Sep 5 2016
When searching for inspiration for the first of several Spring seasonals for 2016, the guys at the Illawarra Brewing Company found it where a great deal of good ideas are born: the barbecue. Their plan essentially became focused on creating a barbecue beer, though not merely one to accompany or contrast with barbecued foods. Rather, they intended to make one that enhanced the charcoal characters contained therein and, after playing around with test batches, that path eventually led them south of ··· Read more
Style
Chilli Porter
Strength
5.8%

Illawarra Brewing & Shark Island We Lost An Eye

Tapped Sun Jul 31 2016
The first collaboration between the Illawarra Brewing Company and Shark Island will not be the last. If anything, it means they’re going steady. While the beer scene in Sydney’s centre and north has really kicked on in recent years, south of The Shire has somewhat struggled in comparison. What these two southern breweries have decided to do is team up in an unofficial official manner under the banner of Southern Brewers with the general aim of pooling their resources – like brewing capacity, ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
9.5%
Bitterness
70 IBU

Illawarra Brewery Knights Watch Black IPA

Tapped Fri Apr 29 2016
Moving with the seasons means more than just the weather these days. There’s the small matter of TV series to keep up with and we're told there’s one called Game of Thrones, which is both rather popular and back on the small screen. To help you through the latest instalments of gore, furrowed brows, mist and boobies in Westeros and Essos, the Illawarra Brewing Company has released something suitably strong and dark. It’s called Knights Watch and it is (as best we can recall) the brewery's ··· Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
7.3%

Illawarra Brewery IIPA

Tapped Fri Feb 26 2016
There’s change in the air at the Illawarra Brewing Company. Most obvious to the casual observer will be that they’ve then given the brewery and the core range of beers a new, somewhat simpler, black and white look. Less immediately obvious to the regular drinker is that they’ve pegged the core range back slightly, even going so far as to retire the former trophy-winning Koelsch from the lineup altogether. The other significant change it that their head brewer for the past year or so, Chris ··· Read more
Strength
7.5%
Bitterness
80 IBU
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery

Other stockists TBC

Illawarra Brewing Raspberry Lambic

Tapped Fri Nov 13 2015
A few months ago, when the Illawarra Brewery released The Inheritance, their interpretation of a Belgian lambic that was nearly two years in the making, we thought that would be the last we heard of it. Not so, because when that original brew was put into barrel it was actually split across several barrels with the intention of one day blending them all. However, the barrel containing what would become The Inheritance was deemed so delicious as to warrant its own unblended release, leaving the remainder ··· Read more
Style
Raspberry Lambic style ale
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery

Other venues TBC

Illawarra Brewing English Mild

Tapped Mon Nov 9 2015
At some point during recent months, Illawarra’s head brewer Chris Sewell pondered the brewery’s recent releases and – discounting a lambic which was newly released but brewed two years previous – noted that they consisted of an IPA, session IPA and a trio of golden ales. That range, he reckoned, leaned too far in favour of hops. So for this latest release he’s brought things way, way back the other way by brewing an English style mild ale. Milds aren’t too common around these parts (that ··· Read more
Style
Mild
Strength
3.5%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery

Others TBC

Illawarra Brewing Aussie Haka

Tapped Sat Oct 31 2015
A few weeks ago, the guys at the Illawarra Brewing Company landed on the idea of brewing a beer to release in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. It would be nice, they thought, to have a beer that could be used to both celebrate and commiserate, depending on which side you support and the side of the result you ended up on. Their problem was obviously that, more than three weeks out, they didn’t know who was going to be playing the final. So they sat down, did some analysis of the draw and ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
5.0%

Illawarra Brewing Smashing Rumpkin 2015

Tapped Mon Oct 12 2015
Now a much-loved tradition at the Illawarra Brewery, 2015 represents the fifth year that a version of the Smashing Rumpkin pumpkin ale has been brewed there. Each year the beer is a little different to the last, whether it be a change to the spices used, the variety or quantity of pumpkin, or the way in which rum is used to impart its rumminess. This year it happens to be a little of all of those. To start with, the amount of Jap pumpkin was increased and, rather than roasting it, they threw it ··· Read more
Style
American Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Strength
5.8%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery Bar

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Illawarra Brewing Resin Dog

Tapped Wed Sep 30 2015
For the Illawarra Brewing Company’s latest release, brewer Chris Sewell has dipped into the back catalogue, pulled out an old dog and taught it some new tricks. Resin Dog was a session IPA originally brewed for GABS 2014 and it probably flew under the radar at that festival; a circa five percent ABV IPA is always going to struggle to keep a high profile amongst a range of more than a hundred new beers ranging from La Sirene’s Praline to Kaiju’s Where Strides The Behemoth. But on its own, the ··· Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
35 IBU
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery Bar

Illawarra Brewing The Inheritance

Tapped Mon Aug 10 2015
When it comes to inheriting something, most people’s ideal scenario would see them somehow coming into possession of an object whose value is huge in monetary terms and tiny in sentimentality. That or a fat wad of cash. If either failed to eventuate, being left with a barrel filled with several hundred litres of a lambic style beer probably isn’t that bad of a deal. That's what happened to Chris Sewell when he took over the reins as head brewer at the Illawarra Brewing Company. His predecessors, ··· Read more
Style
Lambic-style sour
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery (including growler fills)

Illawarra Brewing Mo & Co IPA

Tapped Sat Jun 20 2015
Keeping with the theme of hop-based experimentation that saw the Illawarra Brewery release a trio of single hop golden ales showcasing varieties from three different countries, brewer Chris Sewell has now released a single beer featuring three different hop varieties. It’s an American IPA so all those hops are, naturally, also American: Mosaic, Simcoe and a new variety, Azzaca (named, apparently, for the Haitian god of agriculture). Mosaic has become increasingly popular in the past year or two ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
6.3%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery Bar

Illawarra Single Hop Golden Ales: Battle of the Pacific

Tapped Wed May 27 2015
One of the many talents required of a brewer is the ability to turn a problem into an opportunity. New Illawarra brewer Chris Sewell found himself in such a bind when an idea for one beer was scuppered due to the unavailability of certain hop varieties. Instead of tinkering with the recipe, he had a rethink, looked at what hops actually were available and expanded on the idea. Now, instead of one beer, he’s made three which are identical in all but one respect: hops. It’s a single hop series ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.8%
Bitterness
26 IBU
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery (Growlers)

Illawarra Brewery Bar

Illawarra Brewing Smashing Rumpkin 2014

Tapped Sat Oct 18 2014
With many people’s fondness for sweets diminishing with age, along with it goes much of the excitement surrounding Halloween. But a spooky season trend that can get adults excited again is the growing number of pumpkin beers released towards the end of October. One of the finest annual examples in Australia comes from the Illawarra Brewing Company in the form of the Smashing Rumpkin. Theirs is a recipe that’s been developing over the past four years, during which time it’s experienced both ··· Read more
Style
Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Strength
6.0%

Illawarra Brewing IPL

Tapped Fri Oct 17 2014
Just when you thought you had a grasp of what an IPA was, along comes the IPL... The India Pale Lager style (which isn’t really a real style at all if you ask many purists) is pitched as a cross between lagers and highly hopped New World IPAs. The thinking, as the brewers from the Illawarra Brewing Company tell us, is that cold lager yeast fermentations present a neutral yeast flavour which not only highlights the hops but gives you a platform to show off how good your hops really are. It's pretty ··· Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
Strength
6.4%
Bitterness
75 IBU

Illawarra Brewing Penny Pincher

Tapped Thu Sep 11 2014
Fairly or unfairly, Scotland has a reputation for - amongst other things - miserable weather, a heavy drinking culture and its people's fondness for thriftiness. Here then, is a beer which takes a certain self-deprecating view of all those things. The Penny Pincher from the Illawarra Brewing Company is a Scottish Export Ale (not to be confused with the country's other favoured styles: Scottish Ale, Scotch Ale, Wee Heavy and Tennents Lager). Released at the tail end of winter, it was brewed specifically ··· Read more
Style
Scottish Export Ale
Strength
5.5%

Illawarra Brewery Love Bug

Tapped Mon Jun 2 2014
Never let it be said that the guys at the Illawarra Brewing Company don't love you. This Valentine's Day gone, instead of spending the day buying romantic gifts for their partners, they were tinkering away at the brewery with beer, barrels and bacterial fermentation to produce the fittingly named Love Bug. It's a Berliner Weiss that started life as 50/50 blend of barley and wheat malts, brewed with the Illawarra house yeast, before being transferred to Hungarian oak barrels and infected with Lactobacillus. ··· Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
4.0%

Illawarra Brewing Company Voracious Herbaceous

Tapped Thu Apr 3 2014
While consumption itself is generally the ultimate reward for a drinker, there is often - and certainly now more than ever - something innately pleasurable about simply ordering a beer. That's because as the creativity has flowed from the brewers into the brews, so has what goes onto a label. As a result some wonderful beer names abound, replete with luscious words like 'Imperious', 'Pernicious' and 'Girthsome', to mention but a few. That such delicious language so often suits the beer beneath the ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale
Strength
4.8%

El Illawarra Brewing Compano Coffee Porter

Tapped Wed Mar 5 2014
Having decided to create a Coffee Porter for their latest limited release, the brewing team at Illawarra searched far and wide for the perfect coffee. Shaun and Ashur set off on a global jaunt to find the perfect beans, trekking high and low through the mountains of Central and South America to find the the plants that will deliver just what they needed for the beer. Okay, so that's not strictly true. But they did leave the brewery. And the creation of said Coffee Porter has been a pretty involved ··· Read more
Style
Coffee Porter
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewing Company

Little Prince

Royal Albert Hotel

Frankie's Pizza

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Illawarra Brewing Jerome O.G.

Tapped Wed Dec 4 2013
You know that feeling when there's something different about someone but you just can't quite place it? They're still familiar, but somehow altogether different. Maybe they've just had a haircut or shaved their beard. Or maybe they've had a life-changing experience, like being locked up inside a dark place for the past six months. Well, the last of these is exactly the fate that befell Jerome. It all harks back to the 2013 GABS festival when the Illawarra Brewing boys released their oak-aged Shiraz ··· Read more
Style
Barrel-Aged Saison
Strength
6.5%

Illawarra Smashing Rumpkin

Tapped Thu Oct 31 2013
When you read through list of ingredients that went into the Illawarra Brewing Company's Smashing Rumpkin, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd mixed it up with the shopping list for your mother's kitchen pantry; nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, ginger. But there's no mistake - although you'd actually be half right too. That's because, for their annual pumpkin ale, the boys from Illawarra once again turned to brewer Ashur Hall's mother's pumpkin pie spice mix (being from upstate New York, she evidently ··· Read more
Style
American Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

The Local Taphouse St Kilda

Illawarra Brewing Company

The Albion Hotel

[The Local Taphouse Darlo](/beer/bar/the-local-taphouse-darli

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Tapped Thu Oct 17 2013
It's hard to say exactly where the genesis for this beer came from, but we have it on good authority that it had a great deal to do with one of the staff members of Darlinghurst's Local Taphouse starring in this video. Beyond that, it's really anyone's guess. But what we know for certain is that this is the second collaboration between Wollongong's Illawarra Brewing Company and the staff from one of Sydney's finest beer bars. Following on from the very well received Chuck Norris Red Ale, the Taphouse ··· Read more
Style
Golden Ale

Illawarra Brewing Hefe

Tapped Mon Sep 2 2013
They're becoming the sort of thing you can set your watch by at Illawarra, such is the regularity with which new beers make their merry way from the minds of Shaun and Ashur into tank, keg, schooner and grateful gullet. Hot on the heels of their Double IPA comes this Hefe, a style that, as sure as the 26C days in Melbourne, is a sign that winter is passed and warmer days are coming. Being Illawarra, there's a bit of a New World twist on this Old World Bavarian style, with relatively new Kiwi hop ··· Read more
Style
Hefeweizen
Strength
5.4%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewing Company

Forest Lodget Hotel

The Local Taphouse Darlo

Others TBC

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Illawarra Brewing Apocalypso's Big Brother Double IPA

Tapped Thu Aug 15 2013
With the Apocalypso IPA a runaway hit down at the Illawarra Brewery since its release earlier this year, the brewers have decided to step things up and release a Double IPA, informally known as 'Apocalypso's Big Brother' or, as we like to think of it at Crafty Towers 'Megapocalypso'. Yet these beers are brothers more by name than nature. Sure, they're both IPAs, but where the Apocalypso is a toned athlete that's been raised on a diet of careful moderation, the Double IPA has spent a lot more time ··· Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.5%
Bitterness
84IBU

Illawarra Brewing Oatmeal Stout

Tapped Fri Aug 2 2013
By most accounts, the winter of 2013 has been unseasonably pleasant for the folks in Wollongong. With daytime temperatures consistently hitting the low twenties, it's the kind of weather that'd have you reaching for the beach towel rather than a thick coat. Nonetheless, it is still, technically, winter. And the guys at Illawarra Brewing figured they should do doing their part to ensure that Wollongongers don't miss out on one of the most enjoyable aspects of the cool season, namely cosying up with ··· Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
Strength
5.9%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewing Company

Others TBC

Illawarra Wilkinson's Curse

Tapped Tue Jun 18 2013
Do you remember where you were when he took that kick? Were you moments away from crying into a schooner somewhere Down Under, or about to dance with joy somewhere on the other side of the world? While all rugby fans will remember Johnny Wilkinson's extra time drop goal to claim the World Cup for England in 2003, many probably don't remember what happened afterwards. Having reached the top of the world, poor old Wilko started to fall apart: broken shoulder, haematoma in the arm, medial ligament ··· Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.5%

Illawarra French Kiss

Tapped Wed Jun 5 2013
As it sits there with you at the bar, you'll dwell for a moment as you gaze longingly unto it, taking in its beauty. Then you'll make your move; smooth and slow, but determined. Anticipation turns to excitement as you lean in, then you smell it, that hint of fresh spice, not Old Spice. It's the kind of enchanting aroma you'd expect from those French origins, sweet with a slightly yeasty tinge. Eyes closed, eyes open - it doesn't matter. There's a fumbled excitement as it touches your tongue. The ··· Read more
Style
French Saison
Strength
6.6%

Illawarra Brownish Bomber

Tapped Mon May 6 2013
It's a brown ale. Or is it? As Shaun Blissett from Illawarra Brewing tells us, apparently in US beer competitions there are certain characters a brown ale must have in order to be classified a 'true' brown ale. Everything else claiming brown-ness but not fitting the technical definition gets reclassified to a separate category: Texas Brown Ale. It's a nice way of saying that it doesn't quite fit in and that's probably what you could say about Milo Kerrigan. The former (and, it should be said, fictional) ··· Read more
Style
Texas Brown Ale
Strength
5.9%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewing Company (growler fills)

Illawarra Brewery Bar

Harts Pub

The Local Taphouse Darlo

[The Albion Hotel](/be

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Illawarra / Local Taphouse Chuck Norris

Tapped Wed Apr 3 2013
A beer made in 2013 but born in 1940, for that is the year that Chuck Norris was created. And this beer, surely, wouldn't be the same without Him. It's a beer created between the Illawarra Brewing Company and the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst when a bus load of staff from the latter took a trip down to the former's Wollongong brewery. Why the Chuck Norris obsession? We're not exactly sure, but when it comes to all things Norris we know enough to know that questioning Him will only result in trouble. ··· Read more
Style
American Red Ale
Strength
5.9%

Illawarra Apocalypso

Tapped Thu Feb 28 2013
The boys at Illawarra Brewing have released what they're tentatively referring to as a 'Summer IPA'. It's an interesting moniker considering it was released only three days before summer officially ended, but let's not get bogged down in the small details. The point we think they're making is that this is an IPA with something different. Perhaps reasoning that we've become like a pack of Pavlov's dogs when it comes to IPAs - where 'IPA' is mentioned our palates automatically go into some sort of ··· Read more
Style
American IPA
Strength
5.7%
Bitterness
51 IBU

Illawarra Belgian Pale Ale

Tapped Tue Feb 19 2013
How do you travel to the forests in Belgium, back in time to ancient Egypt then to the West Coast of the USA without ever leaving Wollongong? The answer is in every glass of the new Belgian Pale Ale from the Illawarra Brewing Company. The BPA could perhaps be considered a little cousin to some big and burly Belgian pale styles; full for sure, but not too challenging. On the nose you'll catch a whiff of the fruity esters that come from the Ardennes yeast; imagine yourself skipping carefree through ··· Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
Strength
6.0%

Illawarra Saison du Soleil

Tapped Tue Jan 22 2013
The last time the boys at Illawarra played with saison yeast, for the 2012 GABS festival, we ended up with the rip-roaring Saison Rouge. Well, they've been at it again and have a little something to help ease your thirst as summer 2013 heats up to record levels. Called Saison du Soleil, or 'Season of the Sun', it's very much an Australian interpretation of the old continental saison style. Firstly there's the all-Australian malts, flaked wheat and spelt, then there's the Aussie and Kiwi hops which ··· Read more
Style
French Farmhouse Ale
Strength
5.5%

Illawarra "Slasher" McKay P.A.

Tapped Tue Oct 30 2012
Summer 1960/61, Fourth Test Match, Adelaide Oval. Australia down to their last wicket against a rampaging West Indies pace attack. With the series locked, Australia need to hang on to take the series to a deciding Fifth Test. At the batting crease were Lindsay Kline and Ken "Slasher" McKay - an ironic nickname for a man known for his staying power rather than attacking verve. For over 100 minutes the pair held firm and, on the final delivery, McKay elected to take the ball on his ribcage ··· Read more
Style
Aussie IPA
Strength
6.6%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewing Company

Bitter & Twisted Festival

The Albion Hotel

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Illawarra Smashing Rumpkin

Tapped Thu Oct 18 2012
In the early 90's, a bunch of American Bourbon Whiskey oak barrels turned up in Australia. Seizing the opportunity for a slight career change they found their way to Queensland where, like a heaven-sent pirate, they spent the next 20 years filled with rum. After a well-lived life in the the spirit game, they moved south to Wollongong where the guys from Illawarra Brewing Company found them a new gig in their brewery, working closely with their 2012 Pumpkin Ale... Brewing a Pumpkin Ale is something ··· Read more
Style
American Spiced Pumpkin Ale
Strength
5.5%

Illawarra Koelsch (retired)

There’s one in every family – the overachiever. Good looking, sophisticated, always winning awards. That’s the Koelsch alright. It picked up the trophy for Best in Class at the 2012 AIBA, a gold medal at the AIBA and gold at the Sydney Royal Beer competition. Medium bodied, golden straw coloured, unfiltered, citrus, pear and a hint of malt – this is everything it needs to be. After forming part of the core range for several years, it was retired in 2016 and will only return on special occasions. ··· Read more
Style
Kolsch

Illawarra Saison Rouge

Tapped Fri May 11 2012
What to do when someone asks you to brew something you've never been made before and release it to thousands upon thousands of people at a beer festival? Saison Rouge is the answer. Illawarra Brewing Company's entry for the 2012 GABS Festival was a Belgian-inspired saison that leaned heavily on stewed, dried fruit and specialty Belgian malts. Scoffing in the face of the winter event and any natural inclination towards dark, heavy beers, the Saison Rouge is clean, fruity, crisp and utterly drinkable ··· Read more
Style
Fruit-infused Saison
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery Bar

Illawarra Abbey Brune

Tapped Wed Jul 4 2012
It seems the boys from Illawarra have a bit of a thing for Belgians. Hot on the heels of their Saison Rouge comes another Belgian-style brew, though this one is at a very different point in the spectrum. Called Abbey Brune, it's the IBC version of a Dubbel. Keeping things neatly within the 'double' theme, two yeasts were thrown at it as well as hops from two distinct origins, US and Continental. These all meet in the middle to provide the necessary balance and a pleasing herbal aroma. The dark colour ··· Read more
Style
Abbey Dubbel
Strength
7.6%
Stockists

Illawarra Brewery Bar

Illawarra Draught Ale (retired)

The recommended first port of call on a trip through the Illawarra beers, this Aussie Pale Ale is a crisp, clean, easy drinker. It has the lighter characters you might expect from this style: citrus, lemon, melon and a dash of pepper or hint of spice. The subtlety of these elements allows the flavours of the wheat malt to shine through. Picture yourself during summertime at the brewery bar, looking out over the beach and the ocean, with one hand clutching a pint of Draught Ale - that about says it ··· Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale

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