Australian Brewery

Arriving at The Australian Hotel and Brewery you can't help but be struck with the impression that it isn't a place that does things by halves. There's really no way to escape the fact this brewery complex in Sydney's northwestern suburb of Rouse Hill is, put simply, vast. But once you step inside it becomes quite clear why such scale is required for this houses much more than just a brewery: restaurant, cafe (and occasional coffee roaster), sports bar, kid's activity centre, beer garden, nightclub... The Australian Hotel and Brewery is a modern, all-in-one food, drink and entertainment experience.

As the names suggests, a desire for Australian-ness is prominent here, from the enormous signs on the wall reading 'Fresh, Pure, Australian' right down to the boomerang-shaped tap handles. And here the term 'Australian' often translates as 'local'. The food you'll get in the restaurant is sourced as locally as possible, with some ingredients coming from as nearby as the brewery - excellent news if you're partial to a steak marinated in dark lager.

What you get from pursuing a local focus are plenty of locals as customers, particularly when the venue is so deliberately family-friendly; a giant water tank houses a children's adventure playground, the extensive kids food menu is a guaranteed winner and there's a specially-brewed Ginger Beer. And when the kids are happy, the adults invariably are too - more so when they can sit back and relax with a beer that's as fresh as you can get.

And it's that fact which is inescapable. For all the variety this complex offers, it's things like the stainless steel fermenters behind the bar and the enormous copper-coloured pipes snaking their way through the dining area which provide a constant reminder that this really is a living, breathing brewery. Though if you do need further proof, you can simply perch in front of the large glass wall and watch the brewers at work. From there you'll also be able to view the mechanised magic of the only beer-canning machine being operated by a small Australian brewery (installed at the end of 2012).

If you want to get even closer to the action, for $10 you can join a 30 minute tour of the brewery which includes a tasting paddle. On the tour, the Aussie team will guide you through their range of beers which always strive towards sessionability rather than outrageous experimentation. Beers like the Steam Ale and Pilsner will easily please those after a well-crafted quaffer while beers like the excellent Pale Ale offer the same easy-drinking appeal while ratcheting up the flavour profile. For those looking for a further step up, limited edition beers like the Smoked IPA and Motherlode ESB will have you well catered for. It almost goes without saying that all of these beers are brewed using the most local ingredients possible - including the Fresh Press Cider which arrives at the brewery within two hours of being pressed. Even more good new for locals is that takeaway growlers of beer are also available.

Since opening in mid 2010 the brewery – first under founding brewer Neal Cameron – has collected an impressive list of accolades at shows both at home and abroad and across many styles. More recently, it has ditched its skinny cans for more traditional tinnies, reworked and diversified its core range and, as of early 2017, with Neal off following a variety of new projects, has taken on a German brewer, Maximillian Hemmerle from the iconic Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University in Bavaria.

As Sydney's suburban sprawl continues towards the west and northwest, The Australian Hotel and Brewery provides a significant focal point for locals seeking a beer they can call their own. It's a temple to good beer, built for modern times and in tune with the community in which it resides. NO

Name
Australian Brewery
Address

350 Annangrove Road
Rouse Hill
NSW 2155

Phone
(02) 9679 4555
Website
Hours

Mon to Sat: 10am to 3am
Sunday: 8am to midnight

Tours

Mon to Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Australian Brewery Regulars

Australian Brewery Into The Void Oatmeal Stout

The sole dark beer in the Australian Brewery’s core range is an oatmeal stout named Into The Void. And should you manage to find it on tap or, more likely, in a can, you’ll enjoy a beer with flavour as deep as the void it suggests. That said, being made in a classic English style, it’s not a barnstorming beer in nature, but a balanced one. Fuggles and Willamette hops offer up a very gentle bitterness but on the palate it’s all about a roasted malt flavour that’s topped off with a teasing… Read more
Style
Oatmeal Stout
Strength
5.1%
Bitterness
30 IBU

Australian Brewery Saison D'Heretique

Tapped March 3rd, 2015
Brewer Neal Cameron's take on the French / Belgian farmhouse style crosses borders by blending French and Belgian yeasts to create a suitably complex beer – one with a big character too. For while the saison style is one that's typically subtle and not "big" in the sense of, say, a hopped up IPA or big stout, this one holds little back. The aroma coming from its towering, fluffy white head is awash with herbal characteristics, and with green peppercorn and clove too, while the malt sweetness… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.2%

Australian Brewery All Star Session IPA

Tapped March 12th, 2015
It was unusual, considering how much Australian drinkers love their fresh, punchy and hoppy beers, that The Australian Brewery declined to brew any form of New World IPA for so long. Perhaps even more so that, when they did finally relent in 2015, they opted for a Session IPA. But they had good reason as the original version of this beer was constructed in consultation with some Sydney bartenders who were after a post-work quencher in the realms of an IPA but without the accompanying high alcohol.… Read more
Style
Session IPA
Strength
4.3%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Australian Brewery Pale Ale

If any one modern beer style has the right qualities to take Australia by storm, it's probably what's being termed the Pacific Pale Ale. Typically light and easy drinking but full on flavour, beers within this style are the epitome of crowd pleasers, welcome at any beach, barbecue or Backyard Cricket across the nation. And if such a trend towards these kinds of beers does catch on, it's good news for The Australian Brewery because their Pale Ale is a cracking version. The cloudy appearance might… Read more
Style
Pacific Pale Ale
Strength
4.8%

Australian Brewery Pilsner

If you're setting out to make a Pilsner, chances are it's going to have some pretty strong ties to the classic European versions of the style, and so it is with The Australian Brewery Pilsner. By using the most pale of pale and wheat malts, this has all the lightness and clarity you'd ask for in a Pils. And of course it has the quintessential crisp, refreshing bitterness from US and New Zealand hops - but not too much though. And therein lies the key to this beer: balance. With the bitterness being… Read more
Style
Pilsner
Strength
4.8%

Australian Brewery Mexican Lager

Why did the Mexican put the lemon in the lager? We're not exactly sure, but it does seem to be a growing trend. Not over at The Australian Brewery though because their Mexican Lager has absolutely no need for such adjuncts. With 20% maize and just a small initial hop addition to keep the bitterness down, they've come up with a recipe that ensures their Mexican Lager remains very light and clean, yet still retains a lot of natural flavour. The kicker here is the addition of US Liberty hops post-fermentation… Read more
Style
Lager
Strength
4.5%

Australian Brewery Specials

Australian Brewery Fire and Brimstone Smoked IPA

Tapped August 11th, 2017
Barbecue and beer go hand in hand. But barbecue in beer? Well, yes, it turns out that concept can work too – at least, it does if the latest release from The Australian Brewery is any evidence. It’s called Fire and Brimstone, it’s a smoked IPA and that style as descriptor gives a pretty good indication of what this beer smells and tastes like. Beers dealing in smoked malt can be notoriously divisive; some drinkers can’t get enough of the puff while others find the character offensive even… Read more
Style
Smoked IPA
Strength
6.0%

Australian Brewery Seis Hermanos Lager

Tapped November 2nd, 2016
Since opening in 2010, The Australian Brewery hasn’t been afraid to put out the occasional beer in a style that beer geeks would have so little interest in that you'd be surprised if they noticed them at all. You’d gave to say that one of those is the Mexican lager, a beer that’s been around at the brewery since the early days, has always proven popular out at Rouse Hill and which even got a few runs through the canning line back when The AB was still the only small microbrewery to be packaging… Read more
Style
Mexican Lager
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
16 IBU

Australian Brewery Ice Ice Baby

Tapped August 3rd, 2016
The team at The Australian Brewery has never been afraid to eschew the cries of some among the beer cognoscenti who believe lagers are boring. Indeed, sometimes you think they might even be goading them; after all, this is a brewery that, at a time before many had even considered canned beer, filled some of theirs with a light Mexican lager. The point is that you couldn’t call their journey through lagerland boring. Their New World pilsner is a fine beer, fine enough that Feral founder Brendan… Read more
Style
Eisbier
Strength
7.0%
Bitterness
50-plus IBU
Stockists

Australian Brewery

Australian Brewery Tripel Threat

Tapped June 27th, 2016
When The Australian Brewery flicked the ‘on’ switch to its canning line in 2012 it became the first independent Aussie brewery to start canning its beer. And it was done with a point of difference too, their slimline 355ml cans being a different shape to any other beer that followed, domestic or foreign. With canned beer having since caught on like a bout of the winter flu, the AB has changed a few screws on its canning machine (at least, we assume it’s that simple…) and reconfigured things… Read more
Style
Tripel IPA
Strength
10.5%
Bitterness
50 IBU

Australian Brewery Holy Union

Tapped March 3rd, 2016
Have you ever wondered what it would taste like if you mixed the All Star IPA with the Saison D’Heretique? The brewers at The Australian Brewery did, so they did. The result is a draught-only release called the Holy Union. It uses the exact same strain of French/Belgian saison yeast the Rouse Hill brewery uses to such great effect in its Saison D’Heretique and combines it with the generous hopping regime of their session IPA. While there’s yeast spiciness on the nose, it’s the latter hop… Read more
Style
Belgian Session IPA
Strength
4.5%
Bitterness
36 IBU
Stockists

Australian Brewery

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Australian Brewery & Feral Brewing Storm Trooper Imperial Pilsner

Tapped May 7th, 2015
We've long felt that the Australian Brewery brews one of the country’s finest pilsners. And when The Crafty Pint was making this point while enjoying a family BBQ with Feral and Nail Brewing at the start of the year, we discovered that Feral head brewer Brendan Varis felt the same. Indeed, he felt so strongly about it that he had made plans to brew an imperial version with his Australian Brewery counterpart, Neal Cameron. It was something that had been mooted for a while but which only raised its… Read more
Style
Imperial Pilsner
Strength
8.1%
Stockists

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Australian Brewery Heisenberg Crystal Hef

Tapped November 28th, 2014
It's not blue, it won't keep you up for days on end and you won't get in trouble with the feds for indulging, but the Australian Brewery's latest seasonal release is still a rather smart play on Breaking Bad. The beer is inspired by southern German wheat beers – aka hefeweizen – and also uses a fair amount of Crystal malt, which can add a deeper amber hue and caramel flavours to a beer, among a plethora of other grains. Hence Crystal Hef. Hence Heisenberg. It's a draught-only release described… Read more
Style
Crystal Hefeweizen
Strength
5.0%
Bitterness
24 IBU
Stockists

Australian Brewery

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Australian Brewery Mexican Lager (Can)

Tapped April 15th, 2014
Now this should prove interesting in beer geek land. It almost feels like rolling a hand grenade into the midst of a group of beer aficionados and waiting for them to spot it and cry out in horror. Why? Well, the latest beer to appear in cans from the Australian Brewery is its Mexican Lager, "inspired by the hot plains of Mexico", decorated with psychedelic skulls, and essentially the lager designed with the brewery's home crowd in NW Sydney in mind - those who might shirk from the brewery's… Read more
Style
Mexican Lager
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

In cans nationwide

Australian Brewery Extra Hoppy Ale

Tapped September 25th, 2013
Australia's craft beer in cans pioneers have been busy of late. They've made a successful trip to India, where they will soon be sending their Pale Ale and Pilsner, and are exploring other overseas markets too. They've also been busy touring the bars and bottleshops of Melbourne looking to spread the word about what they've got going on in Rouse Hill rather closer to home too. The tour of Melbourne has been carried out with a few cases of their latest seasonal release, entitled "The Extra Hoppy… Read more
Style
American Amber
Strength
5.8%

Australian Brewery The Motherlode

Tapped October 15th, 2012
The first ever craft beer from a small brewery in Australia to appear inside a can! This ESB is inspired by the "deeply flavoursome strong bitter ales of England". According to the brewers, it's "brewed to be darker and richer than the day to day 'ordinary' bitter ales" yet be "oh so drinkable". Expect "complex dark stonefruit aroma on a full-bodied rich caramelised toffee palate, distinct spicy hop aroma and bitterness from Target hops."… Read more
Style
ESB
Strength
6.0%

Australian Brewery The Smoked IPA

Tapped February 27th, 2013
According to the team at AB, this beer was brewed "to celebrate the historically warm relationship between the English and the Germans over the decades. This is a Rauchbier/IPA hydrid. A striking smoky bacon aroma seasoned with spicy English challenger and Target hops; rich dark malt flavour and oodles of hoppy bitterness to finish."… Read more
Style
IPA / Rauchbier
Strength
5.7%

Australian Brewery Breakfast Ale

Tapped March 20th, 2013
"We wanted to see whether we could generate enough orangey character from US Cascade hops to make a beer that was like having a beer and orange juice together," says brewer Neal Cameron. "In other words like a normal breakfast but in one glass. Whether we succeeded or not doesn't matter: it's hoppy."… Read more
Style
Hoppy Ale
Strength
5.6%

Australian Brewery Steam Ale (retired)

The steam ale style harks back to the good ol' days of Wild West USA, which tends to mean they aren't all that common 'round these parts. The Australian Brewery, however, brews a good 'un. Steam ales themselves are a hybrid style of beer; not quite lager and not quite ale. Here, they take a lager (i.e. Kolsch) yeast and ferment it at a temperature more suited to an ale (i.e. warm). While the resulting beer may look every part your classic lager with a bright gold colour and having been filtered for… Read more
Style
US Steam Ale
Strength
4.5%

Australian Brewery Dark Lager (retired)

If advertising has taught us anything, it's that lagers must have perfect clarity with a glowing golden hue (not to mention being served cold to the point of blandness). In that case, to many, the concept of a dark lager might seem a total juxtaposition. The Australian Brewery Dark Lager firmly shuns the concept of a light lager, preferring to play in the shadows with more flavourful friends. Those friends are roasted and caramel malts which give this beer a rich, round flavour and reddish-brown… Read more
Style
Sbwartzbier
Strength
5.1%
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