Balter – XPA

Brewery: Balter in Currumbin, QLD  Style: XPA  ABV: 5%  RateBeer: 83/100  Pour: Deep yellow with a thin white head  This XPA has beautiful tropical notes, a warmer and thicker body and mouthfeel and is perfect example of a good XPA. So good, it was rated Australia’s best beer in 2018 in the GABS Hottest 100 beer poll. This goes well with the one day cricket on and box of BBQ Shapes … Continue reading Balter – XPA

Hawkesbury Brewing – Pacific Ale

Brewery: Hawkesbury Brewing in Brooklyn, NSW  Style: Pacific Ale  ABV: 4.2%  IBUs: 18  RateBeer: No rating yet  Pour: Slight mandarin tinged yellow colour. Small hard on pour.   Crisp, clean ale with a slight fruit hop bitterness. I still say Stone & Wood own the pacific ale style and this is closer to a hoppy summer ale. Good beer to have after a busy Saturday morning running around taking the kids to … Continue reading Hawkesbury Brewing – Pacific Ale

Colonial Brewing – I.P.A

Brewery: Colonial Brewing in Melbourne, VIC  Style: IPA  ABV: 6.5%  RateBeer:  65/100  Pour: Orange sunset in colour with a white foamy head that decreases.   This is all the things an IPA should be. Little bitter, hint of zest and pine. Easy enough to drink and lingers on the palate well after it’s travelled down the throat. Well crafted and very enjoyable. This is a beer to enjoy at a Christmas party … Continue reading Colonial Brewing – I.P.A

Coopers – Vintage Ale 2018

Brewery: Coopers Brewery in Adelaide, SA  Style: Vintage Ale/English Strong Ale  ABV: 7%  RateBeer: 77/100  Pour: Murky brown colour with a small head   Quite sharp with flavour. Very malty and peppery in finish. Would be interesting to see how this beer settles flavour wise if left cellared for a few years. I’d suspect it will be smoother and more rich. But I’m not one to let a beer sit that long … Continue reading Coopers – Vintage Ale 2018

Five Barrel Brewing – Milkshake IPA

Brewery: Five Barrel Brewing in Wollongong, NSW   Style: IPA/NEIPA  ABV: 6%  IBUs: 20  RateBeer: No rating yet  Pour: Creamy yellow colour with a milky white head  My milkshake brings all the boys to the bar/you’re damn right/it’s better than yours.   I really didn’t want to do that as much as I had to do that. This is a delicious hazy IPA. Heaps of fruity hop flavours. Subtle carbonation and very, very … Continue reading Five Barrel Brewing – Milkshake IPA

Sydney CBD Craft Beer crawl: 4.3km (56min walk)

Crawls are generally walkable. Kept to a maximum of 7 locations. Where the distance to the next location is greater than 15min, I’d suggest taking a roadie or uber/cab. 

The great thing about Australia’s growth in to the craft beer scene is there are more and more places putting on great beer to drink. Most places will have at least some alternative to Tooheys, VB, Carlton and XXXX. Sydney houses some great craft beer bars but where the aforementioned beer is frowned upon. This pub crawl will cover some of the city’s finest, which will you see you crawl around the CBD and see all the fabulous sights that Sydney has to offer – from the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Darling Harbour and The Rocks. This is a great sightseeing, craft beer pub crawl. 

Pub List: Pumphouse Hotel Sweeney’s The SG Harts Pub Lord Nelson Brewery * 15min to next pub – uber it Beer Deluxe All Hands Brewhouse (formerly King St Brewhouse)
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Hawkesbury Brewing – Pale Ale

Brewery: Hawkesbury Brewing in Brooklyn, NSW Style: Pale Ale ABV: 4.2% IBU: 26 RateBeer: No rating yet  Pour: Bright yellow hue with a small white head on pour I think this is more closer to a pacific ale than the one I had the other day. Very clean with subtle stone fruit in the hop profile. I only bought this one because the label had my name on it. Continue reading Hawkesbury Brewing – Pale Ale