RED TAPE BREWING COMPANY
Address: 22 The Promenade, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Type: Brewery and Brewpub
Beers : “Wood Duck” Cream Ale, “Brown Duck” English Ale, “Wirrimah Wheat”, “Fat Jack’s” or “Cannonball” Stout and seasonal batches.
The Red Tape Brewing Company has one brewpub situated right on the water’s edge at Darling Harbour. It is called the King St Brewhouse and Restaurant. To sit at one of the outside tables, sip on a pint of their ale on a hot summer’s day and gaze at the water is certainly one of life’s greatest pleasures.
There are three things to note about this brewery. First -the ales are fabulous, and “Wood Duck” Cream Ale is one of the best beers I have tasted. It pours into a pint glass starting as all foam, dense and creamy. Deep amber and clear, it has aromas of mango and passionfruit. It is beautifully balanced with citrus and bitter orange notes and a malty, almost marmalade finish. The other regular beers are the “Old Brown Duck” Brown Ale, “Fish River” Golden Ale, “Perfect Storm” lager and “Fat Jack’s” Stout.
Frankly, I seldom get past the “Wood Duck” as I find it irresistible. I really must try the others again sometime. There are also single batch beers, generally including an American Pale Ale. There was one that I tried called “Coolship”, definitely a cool and refreshing ale. Also tried the Autumnal Saison, a Belgian farmhouse-style ale that was full of fruit and spice.
Second – This venue is not a James Squire brewery anymore, and since April 2013 it became independently run. James Squire beers, were brewed here, but they now come from the Malt Shovel Brewery in Camperdown, Sydney.
Third – This is one of the few brewpubs that does not bottle its beer, nor sell kegs to other pubs. In other words, the King St Brewhouse is the only place in Sydney – or the world – to drink their beers. Which explains why I keep going back there. There is a rumour of expansion, and in the future, these great beers may be available in bottles or kegs. Here’s hoping it’s soon.
One other plus – the King St ferry wharf is one minute away. Make a pleasant afternoon by combining a harbour voyage with a visit to this fantastic brewpub.
Ask for one of their tasting paddles to sample all the beers currently on tap.
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