WAYWARD BREWING COMPANY
Address: 88 White St, Lilyfield (at start) – now at new brewery 1 Gehrig Lane, Annandale / Camperdown (June 2015)
Type: Brewery AND Brewpub, now in Camperdown
Beers : “Charmer” India Red Ale, “Keller Instinct” Bavarian Keller Bier, “Lilliput Tiny” India Pale Ale, “Raconteur” Biere de Garde, “Saizen” Eurasian Summer Saison and “Devil’s Advocate” Eisbock. Also many seasonal brews now.
Wayward started in 2012, and is now a solid part of the Sydney inner west craft beer scene. Not a physical brewery yet (they contract to up to three microbreweries), Wayward tends to specialise in the less well-known and slightly exotic (to us in Australia) brews.
The “Charmer” India Red Ale is a delicious beer, pouring a dark ruby colour, slightly cloudy with a rich, foam head. The slight haze is from the bottle conditioning, where a later fermentation takes place. To me it has an earthy and savoury aroma and a rich biscuity taste with some caramel and a long bitter hop finish – no wonder, because the brewers use five different types of hop in this superb beer, including American and New Zealand varieties. The “Charmer” is 5% ABV. This is available in bottles and on tap in the city.
Then there is the “Keller Instinct” (now I get it) Bavarian-style Keller Bier, made with German Hallertau hops. On tap at times in Frankie’s Pizza, Hunter Street in the city, this is a hazy, gold pils-style brew- (hope you don’t mind drinking out of plastic mugs though). The Keller Bier is delicious, possessing light citrus notes and a long satisfying hop finish.
Wayward also produce the “Lilliput Tiny”, a light India Pale Ale, and the “Raconteur” Biere de Garde (again, a beer that improves with proper storing). They also have a “Saizen” Summer Saison, or farmhouse-style beer, fermented with Flemish yeast and with the added flavours of jasmine tea and lemongrass.
Finally, there is the rarer Eisbock called “Devil’s Advocate”. Eisbock is a strong lager-style beer and made by concentrating the alcohol through a special freezing process. This has flavours of apricot and sherry.
If you are visiting Sydney, here’s another way to be adventurous, or “wayward”. Ride the tram (light railway) from Central Sydney out to Lilyfield and then on to Dulwich Hill. The ride will take you past Darling Harbour and on to the Casino and Fish Market as well. Why am I prattling on about trams to Lilyfield, just because Wayward Brewing is based there?
Well, I think the tram is a great way to travel around Sydney, it uses quiet, clean electricity and it is planned to extend the line to the ferry terminal at Circular Quay, and later to Randwick Race Course and the University of New South Wales. It’s forward thinking, just like the Wayward Brewing Company.
Update October 2015 ;Wayward have moved to a new site in Annandale / Camperdown. Excellent news, though my tram story is now rubbish. (The tram (light rail) is actually being extended from Central to Circular Quay as we speak). During Craft Beer Week, over eight brews were available, including a Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Bavarian Lager and the “Furious Gnome” English Bitter.