Brewtown: Where to Find Sydney's Best Breweries

A guide to navigating the home-grown brewery trend that's sweeping through the city.

Australia has always been a beer-loving country, but in recent years, this preoccupation has morphed into obsession. In Sydney, a range of breweries have popped up making and serving traditional and unusual brews. Here's where to find them.

The Squire's Landing

James Squire is where Australia's beer culture all began. A convict aboard the first fleet that arrived in Sydney almost 230 years ago, Squire is credited with being the country's first brewer. His legacy lives on at The Squire's Landing, the flagship venue of James Squire Brewhouse. Overlooking Sydney Harbour, this brewery serves the core James Squire products alongside limited releases and exclusive small-batch brews.
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay West.

The Grifter Brewing Co

Representing the modern side of Sydney's brewing scene is The Grifter Brewing Co, which opened in Marrickville—the city's brewery epicentre—in 2012. As well as more traditional lagers and ales, Grifter crafts a range of more experimental brews on-site, which change regularly. Recently these have included Open Sesame, a black sesame and vanilla cream ale, and a crowd favourite, Serpent's Kiss, their watermelon pilsner.
1/391–397 Enmore Road, Marrickville.

Yulli's Brews

True brew experimentalists will find their fix at Yulli's Brews, a sprawling warehouse-style venue tucked away in the industrial streets of Alexandria. Since releasing their first batch in 2014, the Yulli's brewers have developed a dual reputation for beers that can stand alone in a regular pub, as well as more adventurous brews made to accompany food. Expect to find flavours such as the Dolly Aldrin Apricot Berliner Weisse and Fat Nerd Vanilla Porter.
75A Burrows Road, Alexandria.

Kirsty Sier
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