Wayward Brewing Co

For several years Peter Philip was one of Sydney’s most archetypal gypsy brewers. He’d brew small test batches at his house, hoard homebrew, fine-tune recipes then head to a local brewery to borrow a bit of tank space and release a commercial batch under the Wayward Brewing label. He certainly got around; in the three years following the first commercial release in 2012, Wayward’s beer came out of at least seven different Sydney breweries. But late in 2015 the gypsy brewing journey came to an end when the door was rolled up on the brand new Wayward brewery, nestled in a quiet lane on the border between Annandale and Camperdown.

The brewery itself is based on having considered the good, bad and downright dysfunctional parts of other breweries and having it custom built into something perfect for their own needs. That’s resulted in a four vessel system that belies its relatively diminutive physical size by allowing Pete and Shaun Blissett – the well-regarded former Illawarra brewer now in charge of Wayward’s day to day brewing activities – to brew several times a day if needed. It was a canny move that, in actual terms, means shorter brew days but a larger potential total output. They’d soon need it.

Wayward’s approach to beer, as the name suggests, has always been a little esoteric. The starting lineup for many new brewers generally goes something along the lines of: golden ale, pale ale, IPA and a variant on a dark beer. Wayward’s releases came roughly in the following order: India Red Ale, German Kellerbier, Biere de Garde, Jasmine Saison, Eisbock, Chocolate Dopplebock and Oatmeal IPA.

When you head to the brewery with the intent of trying some of these fresh out of the tank, you’ll do so in the most unique – and in the eyes of many, the best – cellar door of any Sydney brewery. Entering off Gehrig Lane will have you walking by a blazing yellow mural tracing a motorcycle rider’s distinctly whimsical road trip towards a brewery. Art meets life at the end of this passage, with your metaphorical journey to beer enlightenment manifesting itself physically in the form of the real motorcycle bolted to the wall next to a pile of luggage which seems to suggest that, once here, you’re in for a long visit or an adventure, or both.

On top of the regular goings on in the brewery they have a small pilot brewing system for experimental beers and a barrel program – both of which get used frequently – resulting in the bar having 14 taps to pour a sometimes dizzying array of beer styles. Plus they often throw on a keg or two from a passing gypsy brewer – Pete’s way of paying it forward for his time using other breweries. You’ll need a bit of time to try everything.

There’s a certain irony – or perhaps just a nod to changing tastes – in the brewery being set up in an old winery that once stretched all the way down Gehrig Lane and beyond. What were once enormous concrete vats housing fermenting grapes now form a series of connected rooms running off the main serving area and fully kitted out in retro furniture. But despite still being able to see and feel remnants of site’s former life in the thick wax-covered and juice-stained walls, you can smell, see and taste that with Wayward you’re firmly in beer country.

Looking at Wayward with a wider view, something that for so many years was just Pete and his wife, Yvette, working away at an idea became, with the opening of the brewery, something tangible. They’ve now got a real home of their own, won awards for their beer and the bar, have roots in a community and a growing team, effectively making them de facto parents to a whole Wayward family. You get the sense they’re proud as punch of what Wayward has become, and well they should be.

Nick Oscilowski

Name
Wayward Brewing Co
Address

3 Gehrig Lane
Camperdown
NSW 2050

Phone
(02) 7903 2445
Website
Regular events

Food trucks Friday, Saturday & Sunday until 7pm (or until sold out)
Sunday Sessions Live music in the cellar door on Sunday afternoon

Hours

Thur: 2pm to 10pm
Fri: 2pm to 10pm
Sat: midday to 10pm
Sun: midday to 8pm
Mon: 4pm to 9pm

Tours

Saturdays at 2pm and 4pm
Guided tours cost $25, last 40-60 minutes and include a tasting paddle. Buy tickets at the bar.

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On tap at Wayward Brewing Co

Wayward Brewing Co Regulars

Wayward Brewing Pilsner

Tapped October 12th, 2018
When the Wayward range was rejigged and repackaged towards the end of 2018, the Pilsner was one of two new recipes to be debuted. And after a couple of sips you get a sense they’d put a lot of effort into getting this recipe right. After all, there’s a common line in the brewing world that beers of this ilk are the toughest to make, their lighter body and character limiting the ways a brewer can hide a potential flaw, so you really ought to get it right. This one’s hard to fault. Being an… Read more
Style
Pilsner
ABV
4.2%

Wayward Brewing Everyday Ale

Tapped October 12th, 2018
The only clue you need about Wayward’s Everyday Ale is in the name. It’s meant as a go-to beer for every day and situation. They must’ve been mighty tempted to just call it a pale ale (because, at its heart, that’s exactly what it is) but there’s also a sense they’re trying to push people a bit beyond the ordinary, to not have you settle for the status quo and get you dreaming of being the one astride the motorcycle on the label artwork, riding a road to who-knows-where as long as its… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.2%

Wayward Brewing India Pale Ale

Tapped October 12th, 2018
For more than three years Wayward’s flagship India Pale Ale was Oatis, an oatmeal IPA the brewery had debuted at the 2015 GABS festival. It wasn’t a beer that necessarily got people vocal about but it nonetheless had legions of admirers, meaning that when brewery decided to overhaul its core range in the latter part of 2018 there was little chance it would lose it place. It did, though, lose a couple of other things. For starters they sought to remove any confusion on the label by taking away… Read more
Style
India Pale Ale
ABV
6.0%

Wayward Brewing Raspberry Berliner Weisse

Tapped October 12th, 2018
One of the unexpected but unbridled success stories of the Wayward Brewing Company, in all its forms, has been its Raspberry Berliner Weisse. It first came out in 2012, when company founder Peter Philip was a still gypsy brewer making his beer at breweries in and around Sydney, and was released very sporadically under the name Sourpuss. When Wayward got its own brewery in 2015 Sourpuss moved right on in, became part of the furniture and a platform for a gamut of sour beers over the ensuing years.… Read more
Style
Fruit Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8

Wayward Brewing Co. Camperdown 1

Before the opening of his brewery and during the time he was gypsy brewing his often esoteric beers at various breweries around Sydney, Wayward founder Peter Philip was known to make statements to the effect that he’d never brew a pale ale. It just wasn’t his style. But as the date for the brewery opening approached, his attitude had softened to, “Well, never say never…”. So when the brewery was finally commissioned it wasn’t a total surprise to discover that he and head brewer Shaun… Read more
Style
Pale Ale
ABV
4.6%

Wayward Brewing Co. Charmer

Wayward’s first beer and still their flagship, the Charmer India Red Ale is the product of five years of home brewing development and extensive consumer testing, by which we mean house parties. Whenever Pete would host a social gathering, the beer that would become Charmer was often thrown into general mix of beverage offerings. When guests started preferring that to commercial beers, he knew he was onto a winning recipe. It’s a ruby red ale that bursts with hop aroma, which ins’t particularly… Read more
Style
India Red Ale
ABV
5.0%

Wayward Brewing Co Specials

Wayward Brewing Passionista

Tapped November 29th, 2018
It appears the dogs have won the day at Wayward. Until recently there’d been a low level feline/canine power struggle at the brewery where you’d find cat prints all over the actual beers – the likes of Sourpuss, Passion Of The Puss and even an entire Festival Of The Puss – while pups strutted around the brewery itself to be immortalised on the famed Dogs Of Wayward photo wall. But, with the recent rebrand of Wayward’s beers, cats are evidently on the way out. The AIBA trophy-winning Sourpuss… Read more
Style
Passionfruit & Yuzu Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%

Wayward Brewing Ripasso

Tapped September 19th, 2018
Ripasso is best known as a wine – or winemaking technique – of Italian denomination. It’s quite regional and varietal specific but, without going into the minutiae, essentially sees wine re-fermented on the marc (the skins and stems) of pressed grapes used to make a different wine. In a practical sense, the idea is to use the fruity dregs to add some extra colour, character and strength. And that’s pretty well exactly what’s gone on with Wayward’s Ripasso. Except, of course, they’ve… Read more
Style
Beer-Wine Hybrid
ABV
5.0%

Wayward Brewing Saint Basil's Russian Imperial Stout

Tapped August 21st, 2018
Despite the entire state of New South Wales being in drought and half of it seemingly on fire, a glance at the calendar confirms that, yes, it is still, technically, winter. So it therefore, technically, still makes sense for Wayward to be releasing a nine percent ABV Russian imperial stout to see out the last vestiges of the supposedly cool season. Saint Basil’s is a no nonsense, straight up-and-down imperial stout, a beer you could almost write a description of before you’ve even bothered… Read more
Style
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV
9.0%

Wayward Brewing Slapshot Black IPA

Tapped July 27th, 2018
Black IPA is one of those beer styles that seemed, in Australia at least, to rise quickly to prominence then disappear again just as fast. But there was a time, just a few short years ago, when it felt like every other brewer was attempting to make something that straddled the line between darker malts (albeit sometimes chosen for colour more than impact) and punchy American hops. Who knows why they didn’t stick around because when they’re well made they’re a real pleasure to drink. Like this… Read more
Style
Black IPA
ABV
6.5%

Wayward Brewing Passion of the Puss

Tapped December 6th, 2017
Back in May of this year, Wayward’s Sourpuss Raspberry Berliner Weisse won the trophy for Best European Style Ale at the Australian International Beer Awards. Shortly afterwards, presumably to celebrate the win, they held an event at their brewery called Festival Of The Puss at which they tapped the champion beer alongside seven cousins, all small batches made with the same base beer but infused with something different, from cucumber to fig to blood orange. The one that was deemed to have the… Read more
Style
Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%

Wayward Brewing The Wayward Son & Big Richard

Tapped August 17th, 2017
There is no moment in one’s life comparable to the birth of a first child. For the parents, in that instant – consciously or not – everything changes and a once familiar way of life begins a gradual demise, shifting its boundaries to make room for something infinitely more complex, confusing, terrifying and wonderful. It’s a big deal, and it’s worth celebrating. So when one of the parents of a new baby is a brewer, a quite natural thing to mark the occasion is with a special beer. At Wayward,… Read more
Style
West Coast IPA & Doppelbock
ABV
7.3% & 9.7%

Wayward Brewing Company Midnight Barley Cowboy

Tapped June 14th, 2017
If memory serves, when Wayward first launched the Midnight Barley Cowboy a few years ago it had the air of an enigma. The night was dark. There was a man at the bar wearing a cowboy hat. There was poetry. And there was this beer that didn't really fit neatly into a style. In the intervening years, the mystery drifted ever so slightly as they brewed it a few more times, the cowboy ended up riding off into the sunset, and the poetry – well, that part is still as confounding ever. But it leaves us… Read more
Style
Hoppy Porter
ABV
6.0%

Wayward Brewing Company Fat Charmer

Tapped June 13th, 2017
At the risk of exposing oneself to the suggestion of being late to the party, here's a new beer that’s been out for about two years. It was back in 2015, the year they opened their brewery, that Wayward gave its flagship Charmer India Red Ale a bigger sibling, the Fat Charmer. The idea was to essentially double everything that had made, and continues to make, the original so popular: more hops, more malt, more alcohol. Since that first one-off brew it’s actually had a few re-releases, but now… Read more
Style
Double India Red Ale
ABV
8.3%

Wayward Brewing Co. All Day Nelson

Tapped March 18th, 2017
You don’t want to know what the team at Wayward had to do, who they had to do it to, or how many times they had to do it, in order to get just ten kilograms of Nelson Sauvin hops. This is a New Zealand hop which is so popular and limited in its availability that it’s like brewer’s crack, the kind that causes hop-forward brewers to crawl over each other in order secure advance contracts with growers amounting to tens of tonnes of hops a year. Wayward managed to score just ten kilograms, more… Read more
Style
Single Hop IPA
ABV
6.8%
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Wayward Brewing Dad Rock Imperial IPA (Gluten reduced)

Tapped July 20th, 2016
There’s a small but slowly growing number of gluten reduced beers to be found in Australia but it’s hard to imagine there are any others as ballsy as Wayward’s Dad Rock double IPA. However, when the beer first came out, around the middle of 2016, it was as worrying for coeliacs as most any other beer. Named for a Spotify playlist of classic bands that was popular with the Wayward brewers at the time – think along the lines of Skynyrd, Creedence and The Eagles – the original Dad Rock was… Read more
Style
Double IPA
ABV
8.0%

Wayward Brewing Rose Kolsch

Tapped May 1st, 2016
Before the Wayward brewery opened, founder Peter Philip was intent on making the space it occupied a part of the community. One of the ways he’d envisioned doing it was by giving back to it via a series of beers whose proceeds would go to charity. True to his word, the first of these is ready to flow and it’s a rose kölsch that’s been made to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis NSW. As the style prescribes they’ve aimed for a beer with a light and clean malt character and European hops of the… Read more
Style
Kolsch
ABV
5.1%
Stockists

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Wayward Brewing Lilliput IPL

Tapped March 22nd, 2016
Some time around 2012, before the whole "session IPA" idea had really caught on locally, Wayward released a low alcohol but very flavourful India Pale Ale which they gave the cute name of Tiny IPA. If memory serves, the idea behind that beer was that founder and then gypsy brewer Peter Phillip liked to go out sailing and enjoy a beer or two while still being able to tell port from starboard. With low ABV and hop forward flavours, it was a rather delicious drop and would have suited its… Read more
Style
Session IPL
ABV
4.1%
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Wayward Brewing Co. Keller Instinct

During a trip through Germany which saw him undertake a number of beer pilgrimages, it was while travelling through Bavaria that Pete observed each village seeming to have its own version of a keller bier. The beers in this lager-loving land, made most famous through Oktoberfest and the bier halls of Munich, were all slightly different but linked with a common thread of high drinkability, relatively low level of hops and a smooth malt balance. Returning to Sydney inspired, the Keller Instinct was… Read more
Style
Bavarian Lager
ABV
5.0%

Wayward Brewing Co. Raconteur

The Raconteur, Wayward's signature biere de garde, is the result of a lot of experimentation over many years; indeed, the first time The Crafty Pint met Peter Phillip it was over a few distinctly different home brewed versions of this beer as he sought to nail down the character he wanted before turning it into a commercial brew – essentially a more modern and sessionable interpretation of the iconic French biere de garde, Trois Monts. Thus the beer itself is in the style of a farmhouse ale with… Read more
Style
Biere de Garde
ABV
6.3%

Wayward Brewing Co. Furious Gnome

Stemming from a belief that beers of a classic English style are a tad underrepresented in Australia, one of the first new recipes to come from Wayward’s Camperdown brewery was the Furious Gnome Extra Special Bitter. Of course, in keeping with the mantra of the brewery, they couldn’t just keep to the classic style. But where to put the customary Wayward twist? The answer came almost by way of accident when a biscuit malt, different to any malt used in a Wayward beer before, was added to a test… Read more
Style
Extra Special Bitter
ABV
6.0%

Wayward Brewing Co. FUSAMI Victory

In 2012, SABMiller India, part of the then behemoth multinational brewing corporation SABMiller, filed a trademark appeal against Wayward Brewing. The crux of the matter, from their point of view, was that ‘Wayward’ sounded a bit too close to ‘Haywards’, a popular beer produced in India. On the assumption that Wayward, then a gypsy brewer producing around 20 kegs at a time in Sydney, probably wasn’t going to cause a great deal of confusion to drinkers from the Asian subcontinent, Pete chose… Read more
Style
India Pale Lager
ABV
6.3%

Wayward Brewing Co. Oatis

Oatmeal stouts are reasonably commonplace, but an oatmeal IPA? That’s what Wayward created for their 2015 GABS entry when they added a touch of classic Old World cereal to a New World IPA. Thanks to a couple of generous hop additions it’s got every bit of tropical fruit character you’d want from a punchy American style pale ale or IPA – think grapefruit, pineapple, lime zest, plus a bit of apricot. Coming in towards the 80 IBU mark, it’s technically amongst the most bitter of the Wayward… Read more
Style
Oatmeal IPA
ABV
6.1%

Wayward Brewing Co. Sourpuss

Wayward founder Peter Philip has a wife who loves sour beers. She also happens to love wheat beers. So when she suggested he brew a sour wheat beer, who was he to argue? He duly obliged with a Berliner Weisse, then proceeded to dump about 60 kilograms of raspberries into it. In addition to a rampant berry aroma, that flooded it with a hot pink colour which made it flamboyant to look at and just as striking to drink; there’s sweetness from the fruit but it's mostly about the sour and tart character… Read more
Style
Raspberry Berliner Weisse
ABV
3.8%
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