Nomad Brewing

They say Australia is a land of opportunity. And the story behind Nomad Brewing, which released its first beers in August 2014, is bold proof of such a statement.

Early in 2013 Leonardo di Vicenzo, the founder of one of Italy's leading craft brewers, Birra del Borgo, was enticed to Australia by the owners of a young but fast-growing beer importer, Experience It. Founded by Sydneysiders Kerrie and Johnny Latta, who then lived in Italy and had started importing Italian wine to their home country before falling in love with their new home's flourishing craft beer industry, Experience It was keen to showcase one of their star brewers to the Australian market so brought him Down Under to host a series of events in several cities. Leo liked what he saw and returned a few months later for Melbourne’s Good Beer Week.

Still liking what he saw, but also seeing huge potential in Australia's nascent craft beer scene, an idea began hatching. Experience It had always planned to be more than just an importer and instead become an active member of the local craft beer community. After a throwaway comment one evening over dinner, the idea was realised when Leo and Experience It agreed to team up and launch what would become Nomad Brewing. With things in motion, they found an empty warehouse in Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and installed a brewery almost identical to the one Leo had originally started in Italy.

The man they have at the helm of the brewhouse is Brooks Caretta, the nomad of the title and a young brewer who has enjoyed a quite incredible rise since turning up to Birra del Borgo for a short apprenticeship in 2009. After only a few months he received a call from Leo telling him of the Birreria / Eataly project he was launching in New York City with Dogfish Head and fellow Italian brewery Baladin – a project that would need a brewer. Brooks liked the idea and spent the coming months working at three highly respected craft breweries and enjoying the sort of fast-tracked education any young brewer would dream of. Soon after, lo and behold, he was no longer a home brewer but a head brewer in New York. When Eataly subsequently expanded to Rome, Brooks was brought over to launch the brewery and create the beer range there too. Thus, when the Australian adventure became a reality there was really only one person for the job.

Designed with the wider Nomad team, his beers share the same ethos Leo had pursued with Birra del Borgo: elegant and refined beers almost always featuring some unique or unusual local ingredient. The core Nomad range boasts an Aussie ale, session IPA, pale ale, IPA and saison and they’re joined roughly once a month by a new and generally more experimental beer, ranging in style from salt & pepper gose to grappa barrel aged strong ale. These limited edition brews are often made with a little help from their friends, and they have a great many of those across the brewing world thanks to the globetrotting of their founders; past collaborators have included Dogfish Head, Stone, Victory, Cigar City, Sixpoint, Beavertown, and plenty more.

After starting life as a production-only facility the brewery opened the doors to the Transit Lounge, a small cellar door where visitors can try the full range of Nomad beers, plus the occasional one from a visiting overseas brewer, and get takeaways from the wider Experience It distribution catalogue. There’s also a small beer garden encroaching on the car park where you can enjoy a few tasters, snacks and live music under the Northern Beaches’ sunshine.

Bringing a bit of European finesse and creativity to the Australian market in this way seems a fitting way to revel in the journey the Nomad team has taken to get to this point, via Italy via Australia via Italy via New York via Italy again... Or something like that!

Name
Nomad Brewing
Address

5 Sydenham Road
Brookvale
NSW 2100

Website
Regular events

Live music
Saturdays in the Transit Lounge
Lazy Sunday Long Lunch
Once every second month, in the brewery, bookings essential

Hours

Transit Lounge / Cellar Door:
Wed–Sat: 12pm–6pm
Tasters, takeaways and snacks

Tours

By appointment

Nomad Brewing Regulars

Nomad Brewing Easy As IPA

Tapped June 15th, 2016
Nomad Brewing continues to build its roster of hoppy pale ales. Into a lineup that starts with the Sideways Pale at 4.0 percent ABV, continues with the 4.8 percent ABV Cruisin' Ale and, in terms of year round brews at least, tops out with the Jet Lag IPA, comes the Easy As IPA. The Brookvale brewery's entry into the "session IPA" arena is a beer that, at 4.5 percent ABV, sits around the lower end of the booze scale for a contemporary Aussie brewed pale ale, but records a bitterness level… Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.5%

Nomad Brewing Cruisin' Ale

Tapped January 21st, 2015
Three becomes four for the Sydney-based collaboration between Birra del Borgo and Experienceit, Nomad Brewing, as they introduce a fourth member of their core range. As with most things Nomad, the Cruisin' Ale has been designed by committee with the whole team getting involved in its creation with a series of blind tastings aimed at creating "the best go to session beer possible". Tagged as an Aussie ale, the goal was to conjure "Memories of cruisin' in an old FJ Holden, windows down,… Read more
Style
Australian Ale

Nomad Brewing Sideways Pale Ale

The first ever beer to be released from the Nomad brewery is the Sideways Pale Ale. It’s billed as a hoppy pale ale, bursting with Australian and American hops - nothing particularly new there, you might rightly argue. But there’s a key difference: at a shade under four per cent, this is effectively a low alcohol brew. Although, you wouldn’t know it from the taste - and that’s entirely the point. With a pleasant fruity aroma combined with a long, lingering bitterness, this is a beer your… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
4.0%
Bitterness
32 IBU

Nomad Brewing Jet Lag IPA

The Nomad Brewing Company has travel in its DNA. It harks back to when Australian husband and wife team Kerrie Abba and Johnny Latta moved to Italy, started their Experience IT beer distribution business and found themselves in the company of Leonardo Di Vincenzo, founder of Birra Del Borgo. After coaxing Leo back to Australia several times to help promote Del Borgo, at some point along the way the idea of a local brewery was raised. That idea became a possibility, then very suddenly a reality. But… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
55 IBU

Nomad Brewing Long Trip Saison

Our first brush with this saison was in the company of an avowed saison fanatic and genuine hard-guy-to-please, someone only too eager to pick holes in a beer. "That is a fantastic saison!" he declared after a swirl, sniff and sample. And who are we to disagree, with a beer that delivers so much complexity in its enticing 6 percent package. Simultaneously herbal, spicy and fruity, it has a surprisingly full and initially sweet malt backbone running through its heart around which the combination… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.6%

Nomad Brewing Specials

Nomad Brewing Freshie Moka

Tapped September 6th, 2017
When Nomad first experimented with the gose style by adding local seawater and native pepper, they weren't to know they were about to strike the jackpot with the creation of Freshie, a beer that’s gone on to become a firm favourite that's dispatched all around the world. So you can understand why they’d want to keep the experimentation going, which is how we’ve ended up with a series of seasonal siblings starting with a Freshie base but all featuring slightly left field ingredients; summer… Read more
Style
Coffee Gose
Strength
4.5%

Nomad Brewing Bleaker Season

Tapped August 3rd, 2017
About a year ago Nomad brewed a beer called Bleak Season. It was a dark farmhouse ale made with the addition of roasted wattle seed and cinnamon myrtle and not all of it was sold. Some was transferred into barrels to age, the very same red and white wine barrels that had housed the Cultural Exchange made in collaboration with Texas icons Jester King. After six months in said barrels the intention was to pull it out and package it but, such is the inexact science of barrel ageing, they made the call… Read more
Style
Barrel Aged Dark Farmhouse Ale
Strength
6.0%

Nomad Brewing Lucky Dragon

Tapped August 1st, 2017
With many of the roots that make up Nomad Brewing stretching back to Europe, they’ve long looked towards the continent as inspiration when it comes to creating beers, whether in terms of style or just a general approach. It’s the food focused nature of the latter and an openness to beer and food pairing that’s seen them launch the Chef Series in the second half of 2017, a project that will see the brewing company working with notable restauranteurs across the country to make one-off beers.… Read more
Style
Spiced Belgian Pale Ale
Strength
4.8%

Nomad Brewing Co Orange & Caramel Gose

Tapped May 23rd, 2017
Isn’t it funny where an idea can take you? When Brooks Caretta and Leo di Vicenzo waded into the sea off Sydney’s Northern Beaches to collect some salt water to put in a beer recipe, the two Italian brewers couldn't have imagined that the result would become a defining beer for the Nomad brewery. The beer was to become Freshie, a German style Gose that makes use of salt water and Tasmanian mountain pepper. At that point there were few other Aussie breweries making gose but Nomad’s became popular… Read more
Style
Gose
Strength
4.8%

Nomad Brewing Granite Pale Ale

Tapped April 5th, 2017
Ever since they began releasing their new beers in cans, Nomad seems to have taken on a brighter and breezier outlook; a new pale ale full of tropical fruit character; a desert lime gose; a hibiscus Berliner weisse and now this, a pomegranate pale ale. Called Granite, the name is a double entendre referring to the granite hills of Mudgee where pomegranates were sourced before being added to this beer in three ways; the arils, the juice and a molasses. With all of that you'd be forgiven for expecting… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
25 IBU

Nomad Brewing Rosie's Summer Punch

Tapped December 23rd, 2016
One of the ways in which people like to add a bit of festive cheer to their Champagne (or nearest sparkling wine equivalent) is to drop into the glass a hibiscus flower that’s been soaked in syrup. The effect that has is to add some extra sweetness and a decidedly pink-red tinge. What Nomad has done in time for its Christmas 2016 release is to have a go at replicating the Champagne and hibiscus serve, but in beer form. The way in which they’ve gone about it is to brew a Berliner Weisse and add… Read more
Style
Berliner Weiss
Strength
3.5%

Nomad Brewing Saltpan Desert Gose

Tapped October 26th, 2016
When catching up with Nomad brewer Brooks Caretta upon the release of Freshie, the brewery’s salt and pepper gose, he admitted that he’d never actually brewed a gose before but, considering he’d gone and dumped buckets of seawater in the beer, was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Some 18 months after that release, Freshie hasn’t left Nomad’s menu and it seems set to be the brewery’s sleeper hit, having already been exported as far afield as the UK, US, Italy and even Brazil. It’s… Read more
Style
Gose
Strength
4.8%

Nomad Brewing Long Reef Pale

Tapped October 26th, 2016
Nomad has built its brand on a blend of beers that don’t always play things straight. In the main this is done by way of the addition of native Australian ingredients, something perhaps best seen in beers like the Long Trip saison and Freshie salt and pepper gose. Along the way, they’ve had a few attempts at nailing a beer that sits in the approachable zone between pale ale and session IPA while taking in some of the more esoteric elements of their overall vibe, but none has managed to command… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
Strength
5.2%

Nomad & Stone Brewing Sol-Cal-Iente

Tapped July 25th, 2016
When beer from the iconic US brewery Stone started being distributed in Australia legitimately for the first time in 2015, their then brewmaster Mitch Steele followed the freight Down Under to see for himself how the beers were travelling. And, while here, he helped brew something new. It was a collaboration with the Nomad brewery (which shares some ownership with the distributor Experienceit that brings in Stone’s beers) and ended up as a rye IPA named AirRyeEvil. Fast forward a year or so and,… Read more
Style
Black IPA
Strength
5.5%
Stockists

Nomad Brewery

Nomad Brewing Choc Wort Orange

Tapped July 24th, 2016
They'll be happy Nomads in Brookvale this week after returning from the Craft Beer Awards in Brisbane with a champion's trophy in their luggage. After spending the past year or so diversifying their brewing palate in pretty much every direction imaginable, adding all manner of ingredients to beers, exploring high and low ABVs and collaborating with a high calibre roster of internationals, they may be particularly chuffed that it was one of their launch beers that took out the gong too: their Long… Read more
Style
Imperial Stout
Strength
9.5%
Stockists

Nomad Brewery

Archive

Cellarbrations Carlisle

Mane Liquor

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Nomad Brewing Brookvaler Weisse

Tapped March 1st, 2016
The team at Nomad has long been fond of a sour mash. It was a noted feature when their saison first came out through to the release of Freshie, the salt & pepper gose which earned a place in our best new NSW beers of 2015. But 2016 has seen them hit puckering new heights when it comes to sour beers. Most recently there has been the Wild Mongrel sour ale made with Shiraz grapes and Without A Paddle, their grape laden GABS entry and punny take on the Belgian kriek style. This beer is, if you couldn’t… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
Strength
3.6%

Nomad Brewing & Jester King Cultural Exchange

Tapped June 13th, 2016
When you've successfully snapped up several of the world's best brewers to your distribution business and you own a brewery, it makes sense to combine the two – and it's something Nomad has been doing with relish. Cultural Exchange (so called because it features a yeast strain from Jester King's Texan farmhouse brewery) started out in May 2015, when Ron and Amber from Jester King were in Australia for Good Beer Week and GABS. The two breweries decided upon a smoked saison, using spices as well… Read more
Style
Smoked Barrel Aged Saison
Strength
8.5%
Stockists

Find it at specialist bottleshops

Nomad Brewing Without A Paddle & Wild Mongrel

Tapped June 12th, 2016
They're carving out quite a niche as one of the more experimental local brewers at Nomad these days. Among the limited release beers out for the middle of 2016 are a couple of quite different sours. One is Without A Paddle, the punny title given to their 2016 GABS festival beer: a take on the Belgian kriek style. It's a pinky purple drop, the result of 300kg of cherries being added to a base beer that had already fermented with yeast from a prior wild fermented beer at the Northern Beaches brewery.… Read more
Style
Kriek and Soured Ale
Strength
5.8% & 6.7%
Stockists

Specialist bottleshops

Nomad & Sam Calagione Cross Pallet Nation

Tapped June 12th, 2016
Australian journos Rick Bannister and Nadia Saccardo achieved quite the coup when they enticed Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head to help them launch their thinking drinker's beer mag Pallet last year. The pair brought Sam to Australia for a couple of events either side of Christmas and, while here, lined up a brew day with Nomad Brewing in Sydney's Northern Beaches, to which were invited a bunch of Pallet mag subscribers. With so many people involved, cross-pollination was the only way, so the Aussie… Read more
Style
Spiced, Smoked Amber Ale
Strength
8.0%
Bitterness
20 IBU
Stockists

Find it at specialist bottleshops

Nomad Brewing Myrtle's Summer Fling

Tapped March 9th, 2016
In Myrtle’s Summer Fling, the team at Nomad has released its first dedicated summer ale. However, being the slightly and deliberately off-centre brewery they are, it’s got two things to differentiate it from your average summer ale release. The first is that, at just 2.8 percent ABV, it’s a bona-fide light beer. The other is that it’s been released in autumn. To be entirely accurate, the beer has made the odd appearance at the brewery and one or two other venues in the past month or so, but… Read more
Style
Summer Light Beer
Strength
2.8%
Stockists

Stockists TBC

Nomad Brewing Supersonic Jet Lag

Tapped December 30th, 2015
For their first birthday release, the team at Nomad did a little tinkering under the hood and brewed a one-off, super-sized version of their regular Jet Lag IPA. Named Supersonic, what they’ve effectively done is double the ingredients to create a double IPA that has its roots in the American take on the style but its feet firmly planted in Aussie soil. The malts have been upped to provide a stronger and sweeter backbone and it’s this which is most immediately apparent, along with the use of… Read more
Style
Double IPA
Strength
8.5%
Bitterness
70 IBU
Stockists

Good beer stockists nationwide

Nomad & Birra Del Borgo & Beavertown Threesome

Tapped November 12th, 2015
Step into a small brewery these days and you shouldn’t be surprised to see a barrel or two hidden away somewhere. Formerly used to house the likes of wine, whisky, rum and port, these vessels get given an afterlife by brewers keen to see what any residual woody, vinous or spirit flavours – not to mention any lingering bacteria – can do to their beers. But the barrel at the Nomad brewery in Brookvale is unlike most any other you’ll find. That much is immediately obvious because, in comparison… Read more
Style
Grappa Barrel Aged Strong Ale
Strength
7.7%

Nomad Brewing Couch Stout

Tapped September 9th, 2015
Winter may, technically, be over but the cooler weather that's been clinging to much of Australia for the past few months doesn't appear to have given up the ghost just yet. So no doubt there will be plenty happy to welcome another stout into the world. Couch Stout is an oatmeal stout from Nomad of Sydney's Northern Beaches and was conceived by co-founder Leonardo di Vincenzo (Birra del Borgo) as a "coccola", which means cuddle or caress as far as we can discern but in this case indicates… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
18 IBU
Stockists

On tap:

Winston Ale House

Little Prince

Print Hall

Bottles:

Liquorshed WA

The Highway

Vine Liquor Mart

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Nomad / Victory Secunda Pils

Tapped August 14th, 2015
Around the time of Good Beer Week 2015, there were a lot of international brewers flying in and out of the country and, while here, many of them took the opportunity to visit a local brewery or three to collaborate on a beer. One of those was a legend of the US scene in Bill Covaleski of Pennsylvania’s Victory, who spent some time at Nomad’s Brookvale brewery. What he had a hand in creating is a sort-of sequel to the Prima Pils, Victory’s very highly regarded take on a classic pilsner. Called… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
5.7%
Stockists

Nomad Brewery

Nomad Brewing Freshie Salt n Pepper Gose

Tapped April 19th, 2015
Nomad doesn’t tend to do ordinary when designing recipes for their beers but, even by their standards, adding a few buckets of seawater to a beer seems a little out there. But there’s method to the madness here as they’ve tried to capture the essence of the Northern Beaches in a glass by brewing a Gose, the somewhat obscure style of beer originating from the German town of Goslar which counts salted water amongst its ingredients. Nomad’s saltwater came straight from Freshwater Beach, just… Read more
Style
Gose
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
15 IBU
Stockists

The Roxbury

Porters Liquor Balgowlah

Frankie's

The Fox Hotel

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Nomad & Stone Brewing AiRyEvil

Tapped March 31st, 2015
If you were going to brew an India Pale Ale and could choose one person in the world to help you do it, Mitch Steele might just be your man. He’s the brewmaster at Stone Brewing, the famed American brewery whose name can barely be spoken without the letters ‘I’, ‘P’ and ‘A’ following immediately afterwards. This is a man who not only oversees the production of some of the most iconic IPAs in American brewing, but has gone so far as to write a book about the style. So when Mitch came… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
Strength
5.2%
Stockists

Kegs initially. Bottles to follow.

The Roxbury

Frankie's

Old Fitzroy

Yardarm Taphouse

Bitter Phew

Super Whatnot

Bloodhound Bar

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Nomad & Cigar City Berry Cubana

Tapped November 25th, 2014
Another collaboration with a friend from America for Nomad, this one saw Wayne Wambles from Tampa's highly-rated Cigar City call in to the Northern Beaches. Together, they set about creating a dark brown ale loaded with "tasty caramel, toffee and a slight hint of roasted malts". A driving factor behind the beer was to find a local or native ingredient that would be fun and interesting to add to the beer. In the end, it was Riberries or Lilly Pilly fruits that were chosen for their slight… Read more
Style
Spiced Brown Ale
Strength
6.0%
Stockists

Dee Why Hotel

Bitter Phew

Selected craft beer venues

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Nomad Brewing Lost in Dubai

Tapped November 20th, 2014
When is an IPA not an IPA? When it gets lost in Dubai and becomes a Belgian pale ale instead. At least, that's the story here, with the Nomad brewing team initially setting off to brew their Jetlag IPA before they changed their minds along the way and "hijacked the beer and instead we had a stop off in Dubai with a Belgian pale!" Why Dubai? Presumably because it's the stop off point between Italy and Australia for this most international of Aussie breweries and why the reference to stopping… Read more
Style
Belgian Pale Ale
Strength
3.3%
Stockists

Dee Why Hotel

Bitter Phew

Selected craft beer venues

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Nomad Brewing & Sixpoint Crush

Tapped November 25th, 2014
Given Nomad, one of Sydney's newest breweries, is a joint venture between Italians Birra del Borgo and importer / distributor Experienceit there's a broad palette of ready made, in-house collaborators to pick from. During 2014's Sydney Craft Beer Week, one of Experienceit's American buddies, Sixpoint, called into the Northern Beaches brewery and got to work with head brewer Brooks Caretta on this American Wheat. American wheat ales use wheat (obviously) alongside barley in the mix but alongside a… Read more
Style
American Wheat
Strength
5.0%
Stockists

Dee Why Hotel

Bitter Phew

Selected craft beer venues

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