Sydney Brewery

Since opening their Hunter Valley production brewery in March 2014, Sydney Brewery has been going from strength to strength.

On the back of a swag of medals in the years that followed – 100 in total including ten trophies and eleven golds by mid-2018 – they expanded the Hunter Valley facility (tucked to the side of the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley hotel and opening onto a golf course) by tripling capacity and installing a state-of-the-art bottling and canning line to handle the dozen or so beers they put out on a regular basis.

It's a far cry from the brewery's origins, which go back to 2005 and the opening of the Schwartz Brewery, named for its founder Jerry Schwartz, inside the old Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills. It was an 800 litre wood clad brewhouse from the UK that mainly supplied the hotel bars upstairs, but also several others around NSW within the Schwartz Family Company portfolio.

When the hotel part of the business was sold in 2012, they rebranded to Sydney Brewery and gave the beers names that reflected nearby suburbs: Surry Hills Pils, Paddo Pale, Glamarama Summer Ale, Darlo Dark, Potts Point Porter. They also moved their headquarters over the road to a different hotel – the SFC-owned Rydges World Square – where they set up a spiritual home at The Cidery bar and kitchen. The quirk was that, by that time, all their beer was being produced up in the Hunter Valley and the Sydney Brewery wasn't actually brewing in Sydney at all.

That changed in 2018 when they came full circle, installing a microbrewery in yet another of their hotels – Rydges Sydney Central – just a stone's throw from where the original Schwartz Brewery once sat. In this new brewpub, officially called Sydney Brewery Surry Hills, they gained the ability to bang out small batch, one-off beers to complement a regular range that had swollen thanks to the development of beers like the multi-trophy winning Lovedale Lager, Pyrmont Rye IPA and Pittwater Bitter.

Adding to their all-round credentials is a range of ciders – spanning the spectrum from the classic Sydney Cider to the unusual offspring of the Agave Ginger Cider – which has collected its own pile of awards since arriving on the scene.

From Surry Hills brewpub to production brewery in the heart of wine country and back to being a city brewpub again, the Sydney Brewery story is surprisingly long and winding. Indeed, it's one best pondered with a good beer in hand. Fortunately, they have plenty of those to offer.

Name
Sydney Brewery
Address

28 Albion Street
Surry Hills
Sydney 2010

Phone
(02) 9289 0028
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Sydney Brewery Regulars

Sydney Brewery Glamarama

Life’s pretty good out in the East of Sydney. From Bondi to Bronte through Tamarama, it’s all about blue skies, beaches, buff blokes and babes. It’s all very, well… glamorous. Here, then, is the beer for there. Glamarama is the definition of a crisp and refreshing Summer Ale. It’s hopped with Citra which gives a touch of passionfruit and other tropical fruits, but really it’s all about being light, bright and breezy. This is the kind of quencher you want in your hand as soon as you pull… Read more
Style
Summer Ale
ABV
4.5%

Sydney Brewery Darlo Dark

Thanks to decades of concerted effort on the part of multinational brewers, lagers have managed to achieve almost complete domination of this country’s (and the world’s) beer consumption. Yet, at the opposite end of the industry, the resurgence of smaller breweries has been almost entirely built by brewing anything except lager. Indeed, it’s actually pretty rare to find a small local brewery with a lager in its core range, let alone two. And here we have the Sydney Brewery with three – not… Read more
Style
Dark Lager
ABV
5.9%

Sydney Brewery Paddo Pale

Like a great many pales these days, Sydney Brewery’s Paddo Pale is based on the hop forward US interpretation of the style. Yet, despite the addition of Cascade, Galaxy and Amarillo, it feels like more effort has been put into chasing balance than it has to overwhelm the drinker with lashings of fruity flavours. So while you do get those, starting with citrusy and floral aromas, it’s all relative. The malt is a feature, but not the star. The bitterness is big, but not too big. Those hops are… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
ABV
5.0%

Sydney Brewery Surry Hills Pils

If the Lovedale Lager tries to win drinkers over by showing off all the softer side of its character, its companion piece, the Surry Hills Pils, has a little more attitude. This beer’s a nod to traditional Czech pilsners and builds much of its profile around the classic Saaz hops, so you can expect to start off by sniffing out the floral aromas. That leads into a notable earthiness and spiciness which neatly complements the delicate little bitter bite and aids in a clean, dry, refreshing finish.… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
5.0%

Sydney Brewery Lovedale Lager

Given the Sydney Brewery moved from Sydney to the Hunter Valley yet most of its beers and ciders still take their names from the city’s suburbs, it seemed only right they should honour their new residence with a beer of its own. They did so with the Lovedale Lager, a faithful interpretation of the classic German beers that, along with those inspired by Czech pilsners, took over the world. The beer has done a rather good job of honouring Lovedale in more than just name too: it’s been collecting… Read more
Style
Munich Helles
ABV
4.7%

Sydney Brewery Pyrmont Rye IPA

Beginning life as a one-off collaboration between the Sydney Brewery and Pyrmont’s Quarryman’s Hotel, the Pyrmont Rye IPA proved so popular at the pub that it became part of the brewery’s core offerings and has gone on to spawn a bigger sibling. This is comfortably the most robust beer of the brewery’s regular range, a hop-forward drop based on five American hop varieties which bring big licks of pine and fruitiness. There’s a touch of residual malt sweetness before the rye chimes in with… Read more
Style
Rye IPA
ABV
6.5%

Sydney Brewery Cider & Agave Ginger Cider

Sydney Brewery is one of the few breweries around that also takes cider seriously, with both core range and seasonal offerings, not to mention a fair few gold medals garnered along the way. Their standard Sydney Cider is crystal clear and sparkles like a diamond, with just a hint of yellow in the light. It's a little like liquid bling – made from fresh crushed apples from Adelaide Hills, fermented with champagne yeast and best served in a wine glass. But, if fancy isn’t your thing, it can be… Read more
Style
Apple Cider & Agave Ginger Cider
ABV
4.5%

Sydney Brewery Potts Point Porter

Potts Point is a creature of the night. It stretches right out into the black water, leaving the city behind and contemplating the depth of the darkness. And yet, back in the thick of things, it’s known for nightclubs, the dancing, and the bouncing and the neon lights. Potts Point Porter shares this tendency for the darkness. It sits in the glass a thick brown, with just a glint of red around the edges. It's surprisingly nimble for a porter, neither heavy in the mouth, nor inert and one dimensional… Read more
Style
Porter
ABV
5.5%

Sydney Brewery Oxford XPA

Sydney Brewery's Oxford XPA is all about the hops. It's a beer that brings all the colours of the hop rainbow to the nose and mouth – tropical fruits, citrus, some pine, a hint of flora underneath, and a solid punch of bitterness to boot. There’s just enough malt to sweeten the body and carry the fruits along, but not so much to distract from the bitter assertiveness. Mick Wust… Read more

Sydney Brewery East Coast IPA

If you're at Sydney Brewery's brewpub home and in the mood for a powerful fruit bomb, it’s time to hit the East Coast IPA. In these oh so hazy days, don’t let the lack of opacity fool you into thinking you won’t get much juiciness here. This beer gives just a wink to its cousins from New England with a little natural haze, yet as soon as you’re within an arm’s length of this beauty you’ll get it. It positively jumps out of the glass, filling your face with huge, sticky aromas of mango… Read more
Style
East Coast IPA
ABV
7.0%

Sydney Brewery Specials

Sydney Brewery Single Hop Blonde

Tapped April 12th, 2019
What looks like a wine, smells like a wine, tastes like a wine, but isn’t a wine? An American blonde ale hopped with Hallertau Blanc. The Single Hop Blonde from Sydney Brewery pours a pale, almost powder yellow, suggesting the wine characteristics of the Hallertau Blanc hops. Swirl and sniff, and get those white wine aromatics of lemongrass, citrus, and green grapes. Take a sip, and the low body and crisp finish could almost have you fooled into thinking you were tasting a dry riesling. But the… Read more
Style
Blonde Ale
ABV
4.6%

Sydney Brewery Light Rail Ale

Tapped December 28th, 2016
Brewer's notes: A session beer that still appeases the need for flavour. A copper hue runs through this Californian common, with balanced additions of Northern Brewer and Galaxy hops on the pallet and a hint of Amarillo on the nose.… Read more
Style
California Common
ABV
3.5%

Sydney Brewery Coogee Kolsch

Tapped December 2nd, 2016
Brewer's notes: Brewed with traditional Kolsch yeast, this beer combines a soft malt profile with a balanced and crisp noble hop character.… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
5.1%

Sydney Brewery Pyrmont Double Rye IPA

Tapped October 21st, 2016
Brewer's notes: Brewed with Chinook, Enigma and Columbus hops this new world Rye IPA has all the old world character of traditional German malts, combined with pure hunter valley water.… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Sydney Brewery Belgian Saison

Tapped October 1st, 2016
Brewer's notes: Belgian Abbey and French Saison, offering a complex yeast character complimented by a Rye and Marris Otter malt base.… Read more
Style
Saison
ABV
8.0%

Sydney Brewery Pittwater Bitter

Given events of the 1700s, Sydney will forevermore have a connection with England. It therefore makes some sense that the Sydney Brewery should have a beer in its range which has a nod to that connection and they’ve opted to do so with the Pittwater Bitter, their take on the classic Extra Special Bitter style. Upon first introduction you’re met with aromas of caramel and dried fruits before the first sip takes you away on a wave of earthy hop character – courtesy of the traditional Styrian… Read more
Style
ESB
ABV
5.5%
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