Over the past decade and more, there have been few brewers who have put out as many great beers in as many different styles as Shawn Sherlock. While head brewer at Murray's, he was named Australian Brewer of the Year in recognition of a mastery of brewing that saw beer lovers clamouring for everything from huge imperial stouts and Belgian inspired ales to delicate saisons and hop bombs ranging from tiny, sub-3 percent ABV IPAs to those weighing in at more than 10 percent.
Since 2015, he's been doing it for himself. Well, himself and the crowds that flock to the FogHorn Brewhouse he launched with business partner James Garvey in the heart of his beloved hometown of Newcastle. There, in a converted 1930s industrial unit that formerly housed the likes of a Ford workshop and a surfboard shapers, he fills 18 taps with a rotating lineup of beers from pilsners and pale ales to saisons and stouts, always interspersed with a couple of IPAs and others that continue his fondness for bastardising beer styles.
You can combine them with fine New York style pizzas and other American-inspired dishes, created where possible with ingredients sourced from the region's producers. Time it right and you'll be able to take in some live music or comedy on your visit too.
And while FogHorn doesn't package its beers – it is a brewpub in the truest sense of the word – you can take anything that's pouring home with you in growlers or squealers.
Full listing coming soon...