Address: Brewpub at 40-44 Wentworth Ave, Sydney – formerly Schwartz Brewery
Type: Brewery now at Lovedale, Hunter Valley
Beers : “Paddo” Pale Ale, “Newtown” Bitter, “Darlo” Dark Ale, “Glamarama” Summer Ale,”Surrey Hills” Pils and “Potts Point” Porter.
The history of this brewery is a little complicated – in fact I’m not certain where it is anymore. Anyway, bear with me if only to hear a bit of Sydney beer history.
In 2005, the Schwartz Brewery started producing a range of Schwartz beers. The brewery was located on the lower floor of the Macquarie Hotel in Wentworth Avenue, near Central Station, Sydney.
In September 2012, the brewery changed its name to the Sydney Brewery, and started to make “Paddo” Pale Ale, “Newtown” Bitter and “Darlo” Dark Ale – all named after nearby Sydney suburbs.
Fast forward to 10th January 2014, when I enter the “Macquarie Hotel” to sample the “Newtown” Bitter and the “Paddo” Pale Ale. The “Newtown” Bitter is golden with a creamy head and strong floral aroma. There is a rich, leafy character with a long, bitter finish.
The “Paddo” is deep amber, fruity ale with plenty of hop flavour and a satisfying mineral finish. This was, however, the last keg of “Paddo” to be made at the (old) Sydney Brewery, and I more or less had the last glass. The keg was empty by 1pm, and I had arrived just a few minutes earlier. Even as I drank from the last keg of “Paddo”, the brewery was being dismantled and packed ready to be transported to a new site – the rumour was either Lovedale in the Hunter Valley or possibly somewhere in Sydney. So where had the Sydney Brewery been moved to?
A few weeks later, I purchased a bottle of “Glamarama” Summer Ale – pale yellow with lots of sparkle and hints of new hay and orange. Plenty of taste for a summer beer, with a long hop finish and 4.6% ABV. Peering at the back of the bottle, the answer became clear – the business address of the new Sydney Brewery is World Square, in the heart of Sydney…but the new brewery is in Lovedale. Just loving it!
So let’s raise our glasses to the new brewery, and wish it every success for the future. }