Imagine my surprise when I had unloaded my bags the night I arrived and went in search of beer at about 10pm that evening and almost immediately on crossing the street and entering King street wharf, I came across a brewpub! It was not on my list of places to see and I was pretty happy. Alas it was closed, or closing anyway, they were not accepting new punters.
No worries, I caught up with them when I got back from Paddy's the next day.
The brewhouse is impressively located in behind a glass wall and is visible from the outside of the bar.
The interior is massive and the front section is clearly aimed at diners but with plenty of standing room up by the bar for boozing as well.
On the other side of the bar we have a load of booths , pool tables and a big screen TV for the sports (plenty of smaller TVs around the place as well).
This is the middle section around the side of the bar which in itself is quite sizeable. Add all three sides of the bar to the massive beer garden out front with glorious sunny views of darling harbour and you have one of the best locations for any brewhouse in the world.
You would now expect to pay a premium for the privilege of drinking in such a location and indeed to some degree you are but I did find it quite reasonable compared to some places I would go in Sydney. A half pint (midi) was €4.50 but there is a $5 pint happy hour each night.
The staff were very friendly and more than willing to talk about the beer. As it turns out, they are not actually brewing on site yet due to a licensing issue. They are currently brewing off site but I don't think their beer was available yet. As near as I can tell, they have previously been open and perhaps brewing but the bar man told me that they recently changed hands. And who do you think owns it? Well I can't be certain and I am probably wrong but I was told later that Coca Cola bought Bluetonge (see the pictures) and that is the brand associated with the King street brewhouse. Previous to this they were the James Squire brewhouse.
So no beer of their own but they have plenty of their parent beers from Bluetongue and then lots of other local beers as well.
Longboard pale ale was an American pale ale. Mostly on the bitter end of the spectrum, I did not find a lot going on but it was very refreshing and very welcome in the hot sun.
Rust red from the Illawarra Brewing Company (5 Islands) was a gorgeous American IPA. It was biscuity and packed full of loads of grapefruit and tropical fruit. It felt like a hop bomb (though balanced) but was only 30IBU!
Stone and wood produce a pacific ale and it tastes like tropical juice. A slightly water finish does not detract from the full flavour. A lovely beer on a hot day.
Little creatures pale ale from the other side of the country (Perth) is similar to metalman I thought, though a little more topical fruit in the finish.
White rabbit dark ale was a full of caramel malt, toffee, raisins, a little spicy and quite bitter. A chocolate middle and slightly acidic and sour finish ended a wonderful beer.
I went to the King street brewhouse a number of times, both on my own and with my wife. It was very convenient to our hotel after all.