YOUNG HENRYS BREWING COMPANY
Address: 76 Wilford St, Newtown
Type: Brewery and Tasting Bar
Beers : “Hop Ale”, “Natural Lager”, “Real Ale”, “Newtowner” and many seasonal batches.
After arriving at Newtown railway station, I knew that it was just a five minute walk to Young Henrys. Coming to Wilford St, I strolled down the narrow road past warehouses and industrial yards, saying to myself “Now where is Young Henrys? Have I gone wrong somewhere?” There was a sharp bend in the road, and then out of nowhere, I caught sight of the entrance to the brewery. Ah! Found it!
Started in 2012, this is a really welcoming brewery with an amazing tasting bar right next to the brewery itself. There are armchairs, bar stools, long wooden tables and spectacular local art by the “Big City Freaks” – and the bar. This is the living room of a beer lover’s fantasy world.
Chalk boards on the walls with tasting notes, growlers in the fridge and stainless steel brewing tanks as a backdrop. It just takes a moment to realise that you are in the presence of master brewers – these guys are true professionals.
The mainstay beers are “Hop Ale”, “Natural Lager” and “Real Ale”. There are also many seasonal brews – earlier ones include an American-style Brown Ale, Amber Wheat Beer and White Stout.
I tried the “Newtowner” Pale Ale ; clear, pale gold with malt-driven flavour and superb hop balance. I think that this has a wonderful long, bitter orange finish as well.
Next was the “Real Ale” – a modern take on an English bitter. This is deep amber with aromas of apple skin and autumn leaves and tastes of malt and nectar. With 4% ABV, this is a stunningly good ale with a lingering finish of hops and honey.
On the day that I was at Young Henrys, there was also a fairly unusual beer on tap – a Cherry Saison. Based on the old farmhouse style beers of rural Belgium, this one was a stunning rose-red colour made with Belgian yeast and 400 kilograms of cherries from Lavender Hill, near Young in New South Wales. With 7% ABV, it tasted smooth and malty with a slightly sour tang from the cherries and it had a delicious cream and nectar finish. I really like the Saison style of beers, and this was one of the best.
The Cherry Saison played on my mind over the next few days, and so I asked some Newtown friends to stop by and pick up a growler of this lovely stuff. Alas, the Saison was finished, and it may be some time before more is made. Cherry my cherie, I will never forget you…
Young Henrys have a motto – “Serve the People”, which they do from 10am to 7pm Monday to Saturday. The mainstay beers are available in bottles and some are on tap at a number of good Sydney pubs. They also fill and sell growlers.
News from the Brews : It’s now summer 2014, and Young Henrys beers have become even more popular – they’ve had to expand the brewery considerably to keep up with demand. They even have an automated bottling plant (before, every bottle was hand-filled). The “Hop Ale”, “Real Ale” and the “Newtowner” are the mainstays, with a superb cloudy cider as well, made from apple juice from Orange, (people from New South Wales will understand this). (OK, Orange is a city in the state that grows lots of Pink Lady apples).