Bankstown Sports Club is reminiscent of a small city. The huge complex is home to ten restaurants, eight bars, a movie theatre and multiple event spaces, and boasts 70,000 members. Of course, any respectable city needs its own brand of beer – and that’s exactly what the club got in late 2016.
Basement Brewhouse has its own microbrewery utilising a SmartBrew system, which consists of four self-cleaning conical fermenters. Fresh wort kits, produced externally, are delivered to the site, where they are pitched and dry-hopped by the Brewhouse staff in the fermenters, which are centrally located in the middle of the complex.
Since opening in 2016, their range has expanded to eight core range beers, as well as seasonal releases and single keg pilot batch beers. The remainder of their 27 taps feature a constantly rotating lineup from local craft breweries. They also have a range of wines and cocktails on tap.
Eschewing the traditional tap decals, beers are indicated by digital menu boards hanging at either side of the bar. Direct integration with Untappd means punters can check what’s available before they go.
Another bonus for anyone visiting Basement Brewhouse is that all 27 beers on tap are available to takeaway in 1.89 litre growlers and their in-house range of beers is available in cans to take home too, in either six-packs or cases. They also offer Private Brewing Experiences, where you join the head brewer on a tour of the microbrewery to discuss brewing ingredients, processes and beer styles, before creating your very own beer, which can then either be tapped in the Brewhouse bar, or canned for you to take home.
You can choose your own vibe too: there are private barrel-shaped booths complete with your own television, an open plan dining area with a view of the club’s keg-filled cool room, and a sunken lounge where you can sit back and relax. When hunger strikes, the Burger Bar and Gourmet Delicatessen serves up a variety of burgers, sliders, hot dawgs, meat and cheese boards, and their signature Reuben sandwich.
It was long time coming for the western suburbs, but Basement Brewhouse finally gives locals a craft beer venue to call their own.