New breweries are currently in the pipeline for Sydney, as well as the regional New South Wales towns of Dungog and Kempsey.
Founded three years ago, The Grifter Brewing Co is finally putting down roots in Marrickville, bridging the gap between Young Henrys and Batch Brewing Co.
Approvals have been granted, the brewing equipment is in place and production should begin within three months, Grifter co-founder Matt King told Australian Brews News.
“We’ve been gypsy brewers to a degree since the start, but our home for a long time was Young Henrys,” he said.
“We’re itching to get started. To be able to make whatever we want, whenever we want is going to be great.”
A tasting bar is on the agenda, along with some packaged beers and a reprise for the popular Big Sur West Coast IPA.
Dad & Dave’s Brewing, Brookvale
Continuing Brookvale’s emergence as a brewing stronghold, Dad & Dave’s Brewing plans to open a microbrewery and tasting room later this year at Chard Rd, a stone’s throw from Nomad Brewing Co.
“We’re quite excited about that – it’s going to be a little craft beer hub,” founder David Dumay told Australian Brews News.
Founded in 2011, Dad & Dave’s will continue to contract brew its permanent beers, including the flagship #1 Pale Ale, at Brewpack, with the Brookvale facility focused on creating seasonals and other specialty beers.
Also in Brookvale, the contract-brewed Gang Of Four recently declared its intention to open its own brewery within the next 12 months.
Shark Island Brewing Company, Sutherland
Sydney’s Royal Albert Hotel will host a fundraising event on Thursday June 4 for Shark Island Brewing Company, which was caught in the recent Core Brewing Concepts fallout.
The fundraiser aims to raise $5000 for Dion ‘Driza’ Dickinson and James Peebles to rekindle their dream of opening their own brewery in Sutherland Shire.
The event will be the Sydney launch of the Eastern Coast IPA created by Shark Island in collaboration with the other breweries affected by Core Brewing’s collapse.
Dickinson said Shark Island now hopes to make some beers at fellow Shire microbrewery, Blackrock, as an interim solution.
“Blackrock are offering us a bit of a helping hand to get some beer out in the marketplace to try and build some capital,” he told Australian Brews News.
Tinshed Brewery, Dungog
Dungog in the Upper Hunter is the proposed location for Tinshed Brewery, a brewpub venture from homebrewer David Cox and partner Haley Collis.
If it gets the nod from council, Tinshed will be based at 109 Dowling St, most recently occupied by The Mower Bloke. It was originally the local butcher’s shop and still has its 1957 coolroom intact, according to selling agent McElwaine Property.
Using a six-hectolitre Premier Stainless brewery, Cox expects to brew beers including a Cream Ale, Pale Ale, IPA, Porter and a Gose, he told Australian Brews News.
“We’ll go to the council meeting on May 19 and hopefully get approved then, so we can be running by the end of the year,” he said.
Bucket Brewery, Kempsey
Bucket Brewery, a nano brewery that has been set up in Kempsey on the mid north coast by Sam and Amanda Preston and Tim and Peta-Maree Sproule, is also awaiting regulatory approval to begin selling its beers.
“All going well, we hope to open in two to four months,” Tim Sproule said.
“We have four brews in mind to do regularly. Three German-style: A Schwarz, a Munich Helles, a Weissbeir and also a Pale Ale.”