Shenanigans Brewing

Amongst a plethora of events during the inaugural Craft Beer Rising in 2014, it would have been easy to miss the understated post which read, simply: “Be the first to taste the launch beer from Sydney’s newest brewing company, Shenanigans Brewing.” But something in there struck a chord with the public and the line outside the bar on launch night was ten people deep for nearly three hours until all the kegs were drained. Quite the welcome to the beer world.

The pair responsible for all that fuss are Sam Haldane and the aptly titled Dan Beers, two mates who decided to finally make the move from homebrewing to commercial brewing. We say “finally” because a plan to go pro had been in motion for quite some time prior to the first beer hitting the market; they’d had their official license to brew for about a year before doing anything with it. Good things do take time, they say, but it’s also true that time waits for no man and Sydney’s rapidly expanding beer scene helped convince them that it was time for action.

Besides, they’d had more than enough practice. Both are well known homebrewers in the local beer community and Sam had done a brewing course at UC Davis in California which added a few more tools to the belt in preparation for serious brewing. And, now that they’re in, they’re all in. Between them they do everything to get Shenanigans beer from the seed of an idea to liquid in your glass; developing recipes, brewing, hopping, kegging, bottling, lifting, labelling, cleaning, delivering. Everything.

As for what they brew, in keeping with the name, none of Shenanigans’ beer fits exactly within your usual style guidelines. Instead of a regular IPA, theirs is infused with jasmine and hibiscus. Instead of a regular brown ale, theirs is infused with coffee. Instead of a regular porter… well, you get the idea. But contrary to what that methodology might suggest, they’re not aiming squarely at the beer geek market. They have perfectly approachable beers like the Pale Ale and the beloved Winston APA, but for every one of those there's something brewed with ghost chilli or several hundred kilograms of mango, just to balance out the ledger.

Shenanigans has found a natural fit for all this within Sydney’s Inner West. It’s where both Sam and Dan live, it’s where they brew and it’s where you’ll find many of the bars and bottle stores that stock their beer. However, as the good word has spread, it's certainly getting easier to get into some Shenanigans around the place.

Name
Shenanigans Brewing
Address

66 Marian St (OFFICE)
Enmore
NSW 2042

Phone
0402336765
Website

Shenanigans Brewing Regulars

Shenanigans Brewing Winston

Tapped April 15th, 2014
If the ultimate measure of a beer is whether you like to brew it and love to drink it, Winston is something of the Shenanigans brewers’ perfect beer. As is the case with everything they create, it doesn’t fit neatly within any style guidelines although, if you had to choose, it probably sits most comfortably in American Pale Ale territory. That’s largely based on the hops - Australian, New Zealand and USA varieties - which fair explode out of the glass with aromas of tropical fruit. Those balance… Read more
Style
American Pale Ale
Strength
5.6%
Stockists

Specialist beer venues across Sydney

Shenanigans Brewing Specials

Shenanigans Brewing Squeak & Bubble

Tapped September 15th, 2017
As is the case for many people at this time of year, the guys at Shenanigans have had a bit of a spring clean. And what they discovered when they swept out the contents of their cool room was that they had enough ingredients (not picked up off the floor, presumably…) to create something they'd be happy to label and release as their latest in their Stunt Beer series. It’s thus been branded Squeak & Bubble and is an IPA using Australian Topaz, US Chinook and Simcoe lupulin powder. They cobbled… Read more
Style
IPA
Strength
7.2%
Stockists

For Red Sky 2017 stockists head here

Shenanigans Brewing Flight Path: Dunkeled Edition

Tapped August 4th, 2017
As part of a re-jigging of its seasonal releases, in 2017 Shenanigans put a hold on brewing the usual autumn beer, Flight Path – a red ale infused with coffee – in order to make space for the much-loved chilli beer, Hoppy Gonzales. While a generally popular decision, it did leave a certain emptiness in the roster. So, when it came to lining up their usual winter beer, the Malt Assault dark lager, they figured they might as well do Flight Path as well. But in the one beer. So it is that we have… Read more
Style
Coffee Dark Ale
Strength
6.0%

Shenanigans Brewing Flower Power

Tapped June 13th, 2017
“It sounds awful. But it smells beautiful.” Such was the immediate response from the non-beer drinker in the room when first presented with the description, followed by a glass, of Shenanigans’ new beer, Flower Power. It’s their 2017 GABS entry, which has since been bottled and sent into the wider world, and it’s a 3.5 percent ABV kettle soured wheat ale that uses next to no hops, instead making the most of the addition of a floral bouquet featuring jasmine, chamomile, rose, marigold,… Read more
Style
Flower Sour
Strength
3.5%
Stockists

And other good beer stockists in NSW

Shenanigans Brewing Grisette Supérieur

Tapped March 17th, 2017
Back at the beginning of 2014, a couple of well known Sydney home brewers launched a new brewing company called Shenanigans. The beer they chose to launch with was Grisette, a Belgian farmhouse style ale that, if nothing else, gave an indication that this was not going to be a business plying its trade on easy drinking golden ales. True to form, three years on Shenanigans has amassed a massively diverse back catalogue of beers which can count in their ingredient list the likes of ghost chilli, mango,… Read more
Style
Grisette
Strength
7.1%
Bitterness
34 IBU

Shenanigans Brewing Hoppy Gonzales 2017

Tapped March 10th, 2017
When it first came out midway through 2015, as a one-off release in Shenanigans’ Stunt Beer series, Hoppy Gonzales was something of a surprise hit. A surprise because it offered such a big hit of chilli wrapped neatly around what was loosely described as a hoppy American ale. Anyhow, drinkers loved it and the brewers suggested they’ve been pestered about its return more than all but one of their other single batch releases over the past three years (Imperial Winston being the other, if you’re… Read more
Style
Jalapeno Amber Ale
Strength
5.7%

Shenanigans Brewing Gone Troppo

Tapped December 22nd, 2016
It’s a common thing when describing fragrant hoppy beers to use the term "fruity". It’s often a convenient and honest catch-all that gives the drinker some indication of what lies beneath a label. But sometimes to call a beer "fruity' is the equivalent of calling a Formula One racing car merely a mode of transport. Which brings us to Shenanigans’ Gone Troppo. This is not simply a fruity beer. This is an absolute riot of tropical fruits. When you pour this in a glass, it’s like… Read more
Style
Fruit IPA
Strength
5.8%
Bitterness
56 IBU

Shenanigans Brewing Death By Hibiscus

Tapped November 9th, 2016
Red doesn't so much mean stop in Shenanigans’ new Death By Hibuscus saison, more like show-stopper. This is a beer that is a ludicrously, bewilderingly vibrant red colour – the kind every child would pick out first from tub of crayons just to smear across your wall. How is it thus? Hibiscus flowers, an ingredient the brewers have used before. For perspective on how much hibiscus has been used in this beer, it’s perhaps best to refer to the technical specs: Red Sky, Shenanigans’ pretty and… Read more
Style
Saison
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
26 IBU
Stockists

And other select Sydney venues

Shenanigans Brewing Pale Ale

Tapped November 3rd, 2016
Speak to people across the wider circle of Sydney beer enthusiasts and you’ll be hard pressed to find a single one, on either side of the bar or bottleshop counter, with a bad word to say about Shenanigans’ flagship beer, Winston. With its punchy but balanced hop character, the sort-of American Pale Ale is as about as universally beloved around town as you might reasonably hope for. Yet even that is not quite enough because, once you burst free of the craft beer bubble, there are – whisper… Read more
Style
Australian Pale Ale
Strength
4.5%
Stockists

At good beer venues across Sydney

Shenanigans Brewing Sabotage

Tapped June 14th, 2016
For their GABS 2016 entry, Shenanigans made a really lovely stout then went ahead and ruined the thing by adding Chocolate Bhut Jolokia, otherwise known as Ghost Chilli, otherwise known as the world’s hottest chilli. To be fair, it wasn’t ruined at all. It’s still a really lovely beer. It’s just really fucking spicy. But forget about the chilli for just a moment because it’s worth considering everything else that’s going on in here. What they’ve done is brew an oatmeal stout and sweetened… Read more
Style
Chilli Stout
Strength
7.1%

Shenanigans & Platinum Liquor The Dude's Abide Ale

Tapped June 14th, 2016
A couple of times a year for the past few years, Adam Bellamy from Sydney liquor store Platinum Liquor has teamed up with local brewers to instigate one-off beers to couple with a movie screening. The concept is to choose the film – always a cult classic – and find the brewer best capable of squeezing the essence of the film into beer form. Ahead of Good Beer Week 2016, and for the second successive year, the task fell to Dan and Sam from Shenanigans. This year the film was The Big Lebowski and… Read more
Style
Pale Coffee Cacao Stout
Strength
7.5%

Shenanigans Brewing Flight Path (2016)

Tapped March 14th, 2016
In the autumn of 2015 Shenanigans released a brown ale infused with coffee from Marrickville merchant Double Roasters. The beer was dubbed Flight Path, the same name applied to the most popular blend of beans sold at Double Roasters' home below the air approach to Sydney airport. Flight Path the beer, using Flight Path the coffee, has been brought back by Shenanigans for autumn 2016, though it’s a vastly different drop. For starters, the malt bill has been stripped back and refined, to the point… Read more
Style
Red Ale with Coffee
Strength
6.0%
Bitterness
45 IBU

Shenanigans Brewing Grisette

Tapped December 16th, 2015
Nearly two years after they launched their first beer, Shenanigans are launching their first beer. It was Craft Beer Rising 2014 at which Sam Haldane and Dan Beers elected to launch their long mooted brewing company onto the Sydney scene with a beer called Grisette. If memory serves, we happened to be swanning around during that first brew day when the beer had a working name of Griz. Perhaps it was the result of being a bit softer and gentler than their intention which caused the name change to… Read more
Style
Farmhouse Saison
Strength
4.6%
Bitterness
30 IBU
Stockists

On tap:

Wayward Brewery

Hive Bar

Duke of Gloucester

Durham Castle Arms

Bottles

Newtown Growler Depot

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Shenanigans Brewing White Sky

Tapped September 22nd, 2015
In 2014, Shenanigans released Red Sky, a rather lovely IPA infused with jasmine and hibiscus. It was received well enough to warrant being brewed a couple more times before the brewers made the call to pull things back and make it a once a year, post-winter seasonal. As September 2015 rolled around and Spring duly sprung, Red Sky reemerged but also brought with it a new drinking buddy in the form of White Sky. “It came to me in a dream,” said Shenanigans co-brewer Sam Haldane in a matter-of-fact… Read more
Style
Spiced Witbier
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Cammeray Craft

Flat Rock Brew Cafe

Shenanigans Brewing Hoppy Gonzales

Tapped August 7th, 2015
The term ‘Stunt Beer’ is an apt descriptor for Shenanigans’ ever-expanding series of one-off releases. Where a regular beer is the motorbike jumping the ramp and landing safely, Stunt Beers are the ones ridden by a flaming rider jumping through a hoop of electric eels and over a shark tank without you knowing exactly how it’s all going to turn out. They essentially take something pretty normal and throw something more exciting into the mix. In the case of the latest release, the Hoppy Gonzales,… Read more
Style
Chilli Beer
Strength
5.9%
Bitterness
50 IBU
Stockists

Bondi Beach Cellars

Annandale Cellars

Camperdown Cellars

Growler Depot

The Henson (on tap and in the new bottlo)

Beejay's

Archie Rose Distilling Co.

Platinum Liquor

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Shenanigans Brewing Malt Assault

Tapped July 1st, 2015
When Sam and Dan from Shenanigans got in touch with The Crafty Pint ahead of their forthcoming Winter 2015 release, there was a bit of chat about how everyone was chasing hop bombs and new hop varieties and forgetting about malt. Small talk, we thought. After all, this is a brewing company that loves its hoppy ales; their flagship beer, Winston, is a highly hopped (and all the better for it) pale ale, Imperial Winston is literally twice as hoppy still and even their four percent dry Irish stout was… Read more
Style
Dunkel/Altbier
Strength
5.3%
Bitterness
25 IBU
Stockists

Annandale Cellars

Camperdown Cellars

Hive Bar

Liquor Emporium St Peters

Newtown Wine Shop (Marlborough Hotel)

Platinum Liquor (North Strathfield)

Spooning Goats (The SG)

The Henson (Bottleshop)

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Shenanigans Brewing / Platinum Liquor Bah'sdin Stout

Tapped May 24th, 2015
Ahead of Good Beer Week 2015, Shenanigans Brewing were approached by Adam Bellamy, proprietor of Sydney’s Platinum Liquor stores, to create a one-off collaboration to be launched at a re-screening of Martin Scorsese’s classic Boston-based Irish mob film The Departed. The beer and film pairing is something Bellamy had worked with before, previously teaming up with HopDog BeerWorks on La Boufe’s Bète Noire, a bourbon-aged American stock ale made to pair with the Coen Brothers’ rough and tough… Read more
Style
Dry Irish Stout
Strength
4.4%
Stockists

Platinum Liquor (bottles)

Station Bar Katoomba

Cammeray Craft

The Hive Bar Erskineville

Plus more TBC

Lime in the Coconut kegs

The Local Taphouse Darlo

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Shenanigans Brewing Imperial Winston

Tapped February 28th, 2015
Winston, Shenanigans’ pale ale and only regular release, impressed a lot of people in 2014, ending up on several ‘Best of’ lists (including ours) and putting in an impressive debut showing in the Hottest 100 Australian Craft beers poll. Perhaps as something of a reward, it’s now been given the royal treatment. Imperial Winston isn’t so much a reworking of the original, but rather a literal doubling: twice the amount of hops have been used, which is quite a lot when you consider how hoppy… Read more
Style
Imperial Pale Ale
Strength
9.1%
Stockists

The Hive Bar

The Duke of Edinburgh (Enmore)

Cammeray Craft

Bitter Phew

Platinum Liquor

Porter's Liquor St Peters

Camperdown Cellars (Kingston & Parra Rd)

Wenty North Liquor

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Shenanigans Brewing Holey Porter!

Tapped October 17th, 2014
Any beer bearing the Shenanigans label is likely to cause a few heads to turn. But when they announce a new series of limited releases under the banner of ‘Stunt Beer’, you’d be forgiven for keeping an eye out for flaming motorcycles flying by. To begin with, this is a porter. But then it’s given some extra special treatment by way of oak. Not oak barrels - anyone can do oak barrels - but oak that’s been soaked in rum; proper pirate-like stuff. That in itself is rather appropriate considering… Read more
Style
Spiced Rum Porter
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

Shenanigans' Sydney Craft Beer Week events

Following that TBC

Shenanigans Flight Path

Tapped May 15th, 2014
It didn’t take long for Shenanigans to catch the collaboration fever that’s swept the brewing world. For beer number three from their stable, they teamed up with the Marrickville coffee experts at Double Roasters to create a coffee-infused American-style Brown Ale. Just as the creation of the beer is a blend of two companies, this beer’s flavour can be bundled into two reasonably distinct profiles. The first is the darker malty side, whose biscuity, chocolate and even caramel notes grab you… Read more
Style
Coffee Brown Ale
Strength
5.1%
Stockists

Specialist beer venues across Sydney

Shenanigans Brewing Red Sky

Tapped July 19th, 2014
It’s always nice to hear about businesses listening to their customers. For the 2014 Sydney Craft Beer and Cider Fair, the Shenanigans brewers pulled out three new test recipes for punters to try. The first was an Imperial Black IPA, the second was an Oatmeal Stout bristling with chilli and the third was a jasmine and hibiscus infused IPA. It was the last of these that proved a huge hit and convinced them to brew a full size commercial batch. The Red Sky IPA is inspired by a beer from the States,… Read more
Style
Spiced American IPA
Strength
6.5%
Stockists

2017 stockists

Flat Rock Brew Cafe

Wayward Brewing Co

And other select NSW venues

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