After meeting personable founder of Nissos Craft Beer, Alexandros Kouris, I was keen to give his beer a whirl. What I found was a lovely, clean and refreshing pilsner, with enough flavour not to be boring.
The post-work white-collar crowd is quaffing pints and cocktails amid wine barrels and wooden tables. The gathering is generic, but the beverages are not.
Sydney has a new home of deep-fried everything. Well actually it’s an old home – the former KB Hotel – done up a bit fancy-like, and rebadged as the (slightly-new) Keg & Brew.
Last month I popped along to Giant Dwarf Theatre for Sydney Craft Beer Week’s Gala Opening Night 2014, the first of more than 100 events across 40 venues celebrating a week of craft beer.
Down the Rabbit Hole we go… I’m at the launch of the new White Rabbit Belgian Style Pale Ale for Sydney Craft Beer Week 2014. Zoe from Little Creatures tells me they chose the Work-Shop because the space appealed as a venue to encourage everyone – not just “beer geeks” – to come and try their latest venture.
This leafy courtyard is where the Eastern Suburbs set congregate after the Randwick races or the AFL. At sunset, the outdoor space is alive with chattering birds above the chatting crowds.
Event season has started, good and proper, and beer is the first order of the day. To kick things off, I headed to Hotel Centennial for dinner (cooked by Justin North) with singer/songwriter Josh Pyke and music industry heavyweight, Mark Pope.
After tasting four of The Australian Brewery’s canned beers at home - and liking Extra Hoppy Ale the best for its peppery, citrus notes - I popped into the Rouse Hill brewery for an on-tap tasting paddle.
Downstairs locals are still huddled drinking schooners. Upstairs the elegant transformation of the Kurrajong Hotel brings contemporary pub dining to the mix.
The Rocks has a new watering hole for beer connoisseurs with Sydney hotel group, Gallagher Hotels, relaunching The Heritage Bar and Restaurant as Belgian Beer Café Heritage.