Tastiest Craft Beer Taps NSW
There is a quiet revolution happening in Australia. Hidden in converted barns, warehouses and the occasional back shed, a dedicated band of mad scientists work to improve the humble brew. Ales, lagers and stouts consisting of nuts, chilli, camomile, syrups and other strange additions are being created and it’s great news for drinkers.
In Australia, the popularity of craft beer has become more evident with the recent Hottest 100 Australian Beers hosted by The Local Taphouse. What this competition also revealed was the die-hard legions of fans that some of the independent and smaller craft brewers had created.
In the spirit of celebrating a good brew, we thought we would look at some of the standout local breweries in the Hottest 100 Australian Beers.
Fast becoming a fixture throughout the country, 4 Pines had 5 flavours in the top 20 and their Kolsch #4 and Pale Ale #6 both cracked the top 10. Situated overlooking the Manly Ferry Terminal, the venue offers an intriguing mix of relaxation and sophistication. The Sip N Chew menu offers a wide array of options that handily match the beer on tap. A great way to finish work or a day at the beach, before taking the ferry home.
Stone and Wood Brewing Co (Byron Bay)
Nestled just outside of Byron Bay, Stone and Wood Brewing Co is an anomaly of the Australia craft brewing scene, always producing great award-winning beers. The prevailing attitude is essentially ‘no rush’ and quality of the product clearly matters most. Tours of the facility can be booked and events are occasionally hosted onsite. Otherwise head to the nearest venue serving their #2 voted Pacific Ale… fast.
One of Australia’s youngest and smallest breweries, Hopdog opened its doors to a thirsty public in 2011. Featuring a mini tasting room and all other space dedicated to brewing, this place is serious. What they lack in space they make up for in big flavour and bigger ambitions. Cracking the Top 100 at #40 with their Children of Darkness Black IPA, its clear Hopdog has an exciting future.
A sentimental favourite of this author! Young Henry’s recently celebrated their first year of brewing. Fast becoming a local fixture of inner city Newtown/Enmore, Young Henry’s features a comfortable tasting room and a delectable array of tasty brews. Their Newtown Brown ranked #19 and the Real Ale #68 in the Hottest 100 showing how quickly they have developed a local following.
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