I'm not sure what to make of Paddy's brewery. I'm afraid that what I am going to say will not put it in a very good light and that may be unfair. When I was there, the place was dead apart from a few people in the pokie (casino) area. That meant there was no atmosphere, though at least in an empty Dublin pub there is a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere but this is not that type of place due to it's design. The picture above is the most flattering one I could take. The rest of the bar and restaurant area are quite dated and not very pleasant to look at.
To get to Paddy's brewery you need to get a train to the Sydney Markets. This is not to be confused with Paddy's Markets in Haymarket. The Sydney markets are in Flemington. You can't miss the stop (flemington, not homebush) as it drops you off at the markets and you walk through them, almost in a straight line until you reach Paddy's brewery which is located in the Markets hotel. Please note that if you have a mymulti ticket, you need to have one that is valid for zone 2 and not just zone 1.
I took the scenic route on my first morning in Sydney (I got in the night before). I got the train to Circular Quay and took the first ferry available, just to see where it went. As it turns out, the ferry was express to Rydale and then Parramatta which is a suburb city about 20km to the west of Sydney. After a brief wander around Parramatta I realised I could probably get the train from Paramatta to Paddy's brewery and save some time, so that's what I did. I can highly recommend that route as the scenery on the ferry is worth it.
I arrived in Paddy's at lunch time and I can't recommend the food in terms of quality, but it was rather good value ($15) as was the beer at $4.40 for a schooner which is cheap by Sydney standards. I had fish and chips, which was Barramundi, my first experience of this fish. It was rather fishy if you know what I mean. It tasted like being beside a fishing trawler. Not horrible, just a little unpleasant. I'm not sure if it is supposed to taste that way.
None of the beers stood out, they were all served ice cold as is the Aussie way and were just a little meh.
The porter however was quite nice with the usual roasted coffee bean and caramel. The slight lactic sour finish was a little nice. In fact I believe the porter is the only beer that was brewed by the new brewer, the others were from the previous brewer so perhaps he will make the beer more interesting. There was nothing wrong with any of the beers mind, they just were a little on the boring side but they were well made beers.
I do get the feeling that this place comes in to it's own at night. There is a large beer garden area so I think with more people and a good atmosphere, even the taste of the beer would improve. Though the dish was a lost cause I reckon.
All in all, if you are in Sydney and have time to kill or are in the area then by all means visit the bar. Otherwise, there are far better places serving better beer closer to the city, you will just be paying far more for the pleasure.