SCHARER’S LITTLE BREWERY
Address: Picton, NSW formerly – now made under contract.
Type: Contract Brewer
Beers : Scharer’s Bock, Scharer’s Lager
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Now here’s an interesting beer story. Geoffrey Scharer was a craft beer legend. He started making beer in 1987 in Picton, south of Sydney and created magnificent beers like Scharer’s Bock and Scharer’s Lager. His Bock is the only Sydney beer included in “Craft Beer World” by Mark Dredge* –a record of 350 of the World’s Finest Beers. That puts it in the top 1% of beers in the world. It is described as dark brown, toasty with chocolate and dried fruit flavours and a balancing bitterness.
The “Australian Hotel” in the Rocks area of Sydney is the only pub to sell the famous Scharer’s Bock, and its reputation is well deserved. It is certainly a beer full of fruity flavours and it is at the same time creamy with a sort of rum and raisin character.
I also sampled Scharer’s Lager at the “Australian Hotel” on an Australia Day weekend. Available on tap like the Bock, it’s clear, pale gold, fruity and citrusy with a smooth hop finish. It went beautifully with a Kangaroo Pizza freshly made at this pub. (go on…somebody say it; “Did it have plenty of hops?”).
Sadly, Geoffrey Scharer passed away in 2012, after pioneering the creation of two remarkable Sydney craft beers. I remain hopeful that his beers will continue to be brewed for many years to come.
* “Craft Beer World A Guide to Over 350 of the Finest Beers Known to Man”, by Mark Dredge, published by Ryland Peters and Small, 2013.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);