Join us on a road trip to the NSW Central Coast, go behind the scenes of 3 breweries and have a lunch at a cool craft beer pub.
When: 3pm* Thursday, Friday, Sunday and 6:30pm Thursdays & Sundays! Check the calendar for upcoming dates. *Please be aware times can vary depending on brewery operations
Where: We meet at a Marrickville brewery, a short walk from Sydenham Station. We will advise closer to the tour date.
Start: 3pm* Thursday, Friday & Sunday or 6:30pm Thursday and Sunday. If you are running late, give us a call but please, please, please be on time. Your guide will love you for it! *Please be aware times can vary depending on brewery operations
End: 5:30pm at a Marrickville Brewery a short walk from Sydenham Station. We will advise exact locations closer to the tour date.
- Beer Explorer
BEHIND THE SCENES WALKING BREWERY TOUR
The only brewery walking tour in Sydney visits 3 Inner West breweries (maybe even a distillery) with tastings and tours in each.
Go behind the scenes to learn more about the venues, from how they started, their brewing process, the brewing ethos of the brand and of course their beer and spirits!
Your expert local guide will take you through the history of beer, covering its ingredients, a technical tour of the breweries, a beer tasting session at each brewery all while walking within the golden triangle of Sydney’s indie craft beer, Marrickville. If we get the chance to include a distillery, we’ll of course cover the same!
Which breweries we visit on the day does change as not all places are open every day. Our focus is on providing a good mix of places, people, and independent craft beers and spirits.
WHERE YOU MAY GO
Started by two Americans who met in Oz, Batch is the brewery you want to visit if you like something that’s always new! A core range of four beers, and a further rotating six taps in the brewery, Batch likes to put out a new beer every 10 days. So if you’ve been here before, then there’ll almost definitely be something new for you to try.
Three guys started brewing out of Young Henrys as gypsy brewers. Since then, the boys have taken Young Henry’s first brewhouse and opened up their own brewery in Marrickville. Based in an old commercial laundry, with 12 taps and even a pool table a lot has changed in three years for The Grifter Brewing Company. Try the Fresh and Clean IPL named after the previous tenants.
On a winter’s day in New York, two homesick Aussies asked the question… IF YOU WERE BACK HOME RIGHT NOW, WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE A BEER WITH?
Their answer, followed by a chance email, led them back to Australia, where they found themselves sitting in the kitchen of their childhood hero. And what started as a dream to have a beer, turned into starting a beer company with legendary former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.
Bob’s only condition for getting involved? That his royalty share be donated to Landcare Australia, the environmental charity he established in 1989.
One year later, on 6 April 2017, Bob poured the first schooner of his namesake beer to officially launch Hawke’s Brewing Co., proudly independent and Australian-owned.
It’s not everyday you get to create a beer company with Bob Hawke. That’s why Hawke’s is committed to making Bob proud by bringing Australia together over beautiful beers, while supporting the land we love.
And that’s a legacy we’d all be proud to put our name to.
Philter was born out of a backyard chat between Marrickville mates and neighbours, Mick Neil and Stef Constantoulas. Beer lovers and brand experts, between them they had the business, marketing and trade expertise but they needed the perfect brewer. It all fell into place when they met Sam Füss, one of Australia’s first female brewers with more than 16 years experience in the craft industry.
They busted onto the Sydney beer scene with the release of our XPA in 2017 and quickly set themselves apart with a look that nods to the aesthetic of iconic 1980’s Australiana. Philter brought a little Expo ‘88 to the traditional local craft line up.
Since then, they’ve been bringing the love with sessionable, easy drinking favourites and limited releases.Philter are all about quality ingredients, good times and making great beer for everyone.
Poor Toms is the progeny of two best mates. They share ‘Thomas’ as a middle name, a suspicion of tradition, and a passion to bring real pleasure to people’s lives. In 2014 they joined forces with Marcel Thompson, one of the Trans-Tasman Bubble’s most experienced gin distillers. Marcel earned his stripes by producing both Gordon’s Gin and Tanqueray Gin in New Zealand on the copper pot stills tracing back to pre-war London.
This creative partnership, one part tradition, one part interrogation, would rewrite the gin credo. In the spirit of the flat white, Poor Toms imagined a New World style of London Dry gin that was uniquely Australian. More than making delicious spirits, Poor Toms is in the business of reinterpreting tradition; and to tell their own story over a drink.
Named after King Edgar’s character in Shakespeare’s King Lear, Poor Tom personifies the modern larrikin spirit that is quintessentially Australian. We make drinks that uniquely capture a time and place, driven by curiosity and imagination.
Originally hailing from South West Sydney, Stockade Brew Co began life in October 2015. Offering a core line-up of 4 sessionable beers, including Hop Splicer XPA, 8bit IPA, Chop Shop Pale Ale, SESH Mid Strength Ale and Duel Hoppy Lager. In addition to this, an ambitious roster of bi-monthly limited edition brews, see’s renowned beers such as The Mountie Maple Imperial Stout, Bella Rossa Woodfired Red Lager and Old Money Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout hit the shelves and taps for a short period of time.
They have won in excess of 60 awards across the likes of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBAs), the Craft Beer Awards (CBAs), the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show and World Beer Awards (WBA’s) where we won the title of “World’s Best Imperial Stout”.
Stockade exports its beers to South East Asia with countries such as Thailand, Korea, Singapore and China serving up both core range and limited beers.
In June 2018, they opened the Stockade Brew Co Barrel Room, located in Australia’s up and coming craft beer capital, the Marrickville based venue features a 10-metre long bar made from reclaimed oak barrel staves, a 14-seat analysis room and working microbrewery. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Barrels are scattered throughout the space, with a total of 200 oak barrels housing the liquid which will eventually become part of our ever-growing collection of oak-aged beers.
On tap you’ll find the complete Stockade core range as well as a revolving roster of soon to be legendary limited-edition signature beers. We’re also barreling and pouring a revolving line-up of red and white wines and a few choice hop-infused cocktails.
Of course, you won’t go hungry at the Barrel Room – we’ll fill your belly with month-long residencies from some of Australia’s finest food trucks bringing bespoke menus developed in collaboration with our senior brewer, Dan Fardon, to feature a wide range of Stockade beers and exciting new concoctions.
Sauce’s Mission:To further Australia’s taste for full-flavoured, quality beer, and to convert as many bland lager drinkers into craft beer fanatics as we can!
Sauce Brewing Co love the diversity of craft beer and creating flavoursome beers that can be enjoyed by everyone. Whether you’re a hop-head, a sour-freak, or you just like good quality, drinkable ales, they have a beer for you.
Wildflower focuses on fermenting beers with a mixed house culture of brewers yeast mixed with wild yeast and bacteria foraged from New South Wales.
Their goal is to balance the tart, funky characteristics of our house culture to deliver beers with length, nuance and subtlety.
*SOMETIMES THINGS CHANGE – Because our Sydney craft brewery tours are truly behind the scenes experiences sometimes our plans need to change to accommodate brewery operations. And sometimes we just know about beer goings on around town that are worth checking out, so we may change some parts of our tours. Whilst these changes are rare, we do reserve the right to make them. If you do have a MUST-SEE beer spot, please let us know when making your booking and we’ll do all we can to make it happen.