Stockade Brew Co, the new brewery and bar from Australia’s fastest growing independent craft beer producer, has officially opened its doors. Located in the heart of Marrickville, Stockade Brew Co is an art-déco inspired brewery, complete with expansive bar, dining space and intimate tasting room for fourteen.
Designed by RAD Studios, Stockade Brew Co has taken cues from industrial surroundings, transforming the old factory space with terracotta tiles and furniture made from blackbutt wood. Large steel screens and customised lightbox menu boards from Macgyver Models, play to the building’s industrial history. The brewery has also commissioned a bespoke bar front which has been made using repurposed staves taken from barrels used for Stockade’s beers. Those visiting will sight the tasting room, containing two vintage stave-clad brite tanks upon entry.
Stockade Brew Co offers a core line-up of five ‘sessionable’ beers alongside a number of limited edition brews, all created in house by Head Brewer Daniel Fardon. The Mountie, the maple syrup-infused imperial stout is poured exclusively at the venue and Old Money is featured on tap for launch. Stockade Brew Co also serves a number of revolving guest taps including Randall’s, Bucket Boys and 3 Ravens Brewing.
In creating the cocktail list, The Stockade Brew Co. team took inspiration from the hops that surround them, drawing on their unique flavour characteristics of citrus, floral, pine, flowery aroma, and of course, bitterness. The result is a rotating list of six seasonal cocktails that caters to an abundance of varying taste buds, using raw spirits infused, aged and finished on-site. Hop Dreams, for example, uses gin and a house-made four-citrus liqueur to bring out the grapefruit, orange, melon and apricot notes of the Amarillo hops, while Stockade’s G’n’T (Galaxy & Tonic) plays up the bitter, in-depth passionfruit flavours of the Galaxy hops.
A number of barrel aged wines, blended on-site with Urban Winery Projects, are also served by the glass or carafe. Barrel-ageing the wine adds a subtle wooden undertone to the flavour found at the back of the palate, giving the wine a fast-tracked mature. Once the wine is prepped and ready for consumption it is all shifted into keg, keeping it fresh and ready for drinking.
On the food front, Stockade Brew Co have created a monthly changing line-up of collaborations, with Baby Rey’s confirmed for the brewery’s opening month. Known best for their Wild West Burger, the burger purveyors serving up a number of their classic dishes, with a Stockade twist. Their maple bacon jam now features Stockade Brew Co’s Mountie stout, while their chilli and cheese-loaded fries are served with a generous dollop of Chop Shop Ale dressing. Following Baby Rey’s tenure, pan-Asian BBQ truck Tsuru will take over in August, before Grease’n’Grind burgers in September and La Raza Mexican Cantina in October.
The brewery is the brainchild of Stockade Brew Co’s Anton Szpitalak. Having launched the company in 2015, he wanted to create a space that celebrates what they love most, while still appealing to locals who prefer to unwind with a cocktail or wine in hand.
“Beer is our bread and butter at Stockade – it’s what we know and love best, so we wanted to create a venue that is not only serves our beers but celebrates beer on a wider level. We’re working with a number of local independent brands and bringing their expertise in-house to deliver food, wine and cocktails that celebrate hops.”