BATCH BREWING COMPANY
Address: 44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville
Type: Brewery and Tasting Room
Beers : “Alice” Wheatbeer, “Ludwig” Ale, Pale Ale, “Wardell” Nut Brown Ale, “Paint It Black” Stout and India Black Ale –
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The Batch Brewing Company started operation in December 2013, making it one of the newest of the growing ranks of inner west Sydney breweries. Just a short walk north of Sydenham railway station, this brewery is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 7pm – but best to check their website for exact opening hours if you are planning a visit.
On offer are tastings, growler and bomber fills, cold long necks and jars of ale. It’s a nice touch that the beers are served in wide-mouthed jars, as patrons sit along the quirky cement-topped bar to drink these delicious beers.
They let me have a free sample of all six beers on offer, but I was probably pushing my luck a bit. Just call me greedy.
There was the “Alice” Wheatbeer with its long, fruity flavours, 5.3% ABV and Belgian-style character. Next, the “Ludwig” Ale, German-style with malt depth and a strong 6.4% ABV.
The “Wardell” Nut Brown Ale has full roasted nut and dark malt flavours. This is 4.3% ABV and based on a traditional English Brown Ale style.
I actually then paid for a full jar of the Pale Ale, and this is a stunner. To me, there were strong hop, citrus and bitter orange flavours, all my favourites. This is an American-style Pale Ale, made with Cascade hops and has 5.2% ABV.
But the best was to come. After the “Paint It Black” Stout, a warming, farmhouse-style stout, I tried a jar of India Black Ale, beautifully drinkable with strong, toasty flavours and dark, roasted maltiness. Strong, with 6.4% ABV, dark beers like this are on the rise again with their unique, accentuated flavours.
When you visit craft beer centres like this, one thing that strikes you is just how passionate and involved are the brewers and patrons alike. At the risk of offending the Big Brewer beers, coming over to craft beer is like eating cheese spread your whole life, then someone offers you a piece of matured Cheddar or an English Stilton to taste. They’re completely different cheese experiences. That’s how it is if you have been drinking mass-made corporation beer, then you taste a beautifully balanced craft beer like the ones from Batch Brewing…and there’s no going back once you’ve tasted real beer like this.