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The above photo, featuring John White, of White Beer Travels, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, was taken in January, 2005, by John's wife, Joyce. It was taken in The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel. John is with brewer, Damon Nott, who is alongside a batch of the brewery's "Three Sheets" at the fermentation stage. This place produces superb beers and has a great bar to drink them in. The beers are a sure fire antidote to much of the moderate beer normally associated with Australia. More details on The Lord Nelson are given below, along with other places where great beer can be found in Sydney.


Speciality/Craft/Specialty Beer in Sydney
(34o S, 151o E)

Introduction

My brother, Martin, has lived in Singapore for a number of years; he married a local girl there, Lily, in 1999; I attended their wedding. In January, 2005, Martin turned fifty. Having enjoyed myself so much in 1999, I eagerly accepted the invitation to Mart's birthday bash, as did my wife, Joyce, and my youngest brother, Andy. A few days were spent in Sydney, in New South Wales (NSW), in Australia, prior to the stay in Singapore. This Web page covering Speciality Beer in Sydney is based on this visit. For the companion White Beer Travels Web page covering the visit to Singapore, click here.

Sydney is not usually on the itineraries of lovers of good beer, but there is much to satisfy the most hardened Beer Hunter, and it is a world-class tourist venue, so a visit can be highly recommended. Unless indicated otherwise, prices quoted are from the January, 2005 visit. At this time: £1=A$2.43 (Australian Dollars), $1=A$1.29, and €1=A$1.68; current exchange rates for a large variety of currencies can be found using the Discount Currency Exchange website www.discount-currency-exchange.com. In the rest of the text, just the dollar sign is used, this representing the Australian dollar rather than the US one.

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At the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), run by the UK's premier beer consumers' organisation, CAMRA (www.camra.org.uk), in August, 2004, Jez (rauchbier, Smoke Beer) Blake introduced me to his fellow ratebeerer (www.ratebeer.com), Duff Wallace, who is a Sydneysider, but now lives in London. duff gave me some suggestions for visits (Brew Pubs or places that have the beers such as the excellent Coopers Sparkling Ale on draught, see below). The photo to the left, which was taken by Joyce White, shows myself, Jez and Duff in front of the GBBF's International Beer Bar: Bières Sans Frontières (Beer Without Frontiers) (www.b-s-f.org.uk). I am pointing to the list of Sydney recommendations that Duff had just written for me. For a ratebeer Forums review of this White Beer Travels Web page on Sydney, click here; the first describes me as "The grand old man of web beer tourism"; well I was sixty on the 15th of May, 2005!

On the January, 2005 visit to Sydney, I got to all Duff's recommendations. They were: The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel; the Australian Hotel; Paddy's Brewery; Redoak Boutique Beer Café; James Squire Brewhouse & Restaurant; and Kingsleys Alehouse. All these are covered below, along with one or two other places. Most of these are featured in www.sydneypubguide.net. Two excellent websites covering Breweries and Pubs throughout Australia are: www.australianbeers.com; and The Australian Good Beer Directory, www.goasdoue.com/agbd. For a guided tour of pubs in The Rocks area of Sydney, visit The Rocks Pub Tour's website, www.therockspubtour.com. The AussieHomeBrewer.com website (slogan "we're hopping mad") is a message board that covers far more than just home brewing, i.e. pubs and breweries are also covered. It is a good source of up to date information on these, such as, for example, a brewery that opened in the centre of Sydney shortly after my January, 2005 visit, see below. Englishman Matt Allan, who is now based in Perth, in Western Australia, organises beer tours in his area, which can be booked from his "The Brewers Dray" website, www.thebrewersdray.com.au. Matt's site has a lot of general information on Australian Beer, including links to all their websites and an excellent Beer Facts page, which includes a link to a very comprehensive " A to Z of Everything Australian Beer".

Any information obtained subsequent to the January, 2005 visit, will be added to this Web page, along with any additional places that are unearthed after this time, such as the Brew Pub that Duff Wallace tells me is scheduled to open near Sydney's Central Railway Station, in March, 2005.

Links to websites providing information on Sydney's excellent general tourist attractions are provided below, but for detailed tourist information one should consult the many excellent guidebooks that are available. However, I will mention here that there is excellent public transport in Sydney: buses, trains and ferries. There is a tourist hop on/hop off bus service that is worth considering, as not only does it stop at all the city's major tourist attractions, for which a commentary is provided, it also stops near a good number of the beer establishments covered by this Web page, the stops being named in the appropriate entries below. This tourist bus service is the Sydney Explorer Bus operated by State Transit, see www.sydneypass.info, this site covering other tourist bus options, which I will mention shortly. There are twenty-six stops on the route, all detailed in the Explorer Bus leaflet that is readily available throughout the city, including, of course, at the Explorer Bus red-signed bus stops and on the buses themselves. Stop number 1 is called "Circular Quay", on Sydney Cove. Circular Quay is a major transport hub, where one can also get trains, ferries, and conventional buses (timetables and routings for these can be obtained from www.sta.nsw.gov.au). The Sydney Explorer goes over the famous Harbour Bridge. The Sydney Explorer tickets are $36 per day. The first departure from Circular Quay is at 8.45am, and the last is at 4.15pm, but the tickets are additionally valid all day on conventional buses until Midnight. There are other options involving two day twin tickets for the Bondi Explorer route, which has blue bus stops and multi day Sydney Passes, which are very flexible in that they cover the Sydney and Bondi Explorer and conventional buses, but also ferries, and regular trains (3 days at $100, 5 days at $130). For more details, see the State Transit website cited earlier in this paragraph. I am not a beach person, but we did get the ferry to Manly ($12 return). Manly has a very nice beach, and is a good starting point for some interesting walks; guidebooks indicated, quite correctly, that from this ferry there are terrific views of Sydney Harbour, and of course famous sites that are visible from it, such as the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House; Harbour Cruises with the same views are more expensive. The Manly Ferry goes from Wharf 3 of Circular Quay, see the Sydney Ferries Corporation's website, www.sydneyferries.info. If you do get to Sydney's most famous beach, Bondi Beach, you could try the Brabo Belgian Restaurant (100 Campbell Parade, tel 02 9300 0969, www.brabo.net.au (website stopped working in May, 2006)), which has a reasonable selection of Belgian Beers. The Number 12 stop, on the Bondi Explorer tourist bus, which is called "Bondi Beach", is on Campbell Parade.

For on-line maps of Sydney, including transport maps, look no further than http://citymap.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Unless indicated otherwise, all photos were taken by John White, in January, 2005.

Just a word on apostrophes. In 1862, Englishman, Thomas Cooper, set up a brewery, in South Australia, in the Adelaide suburb of Regency Park. It is still active today. The brewery would be expected to be called Cooper's (i.e. with an apostrophe to be grammatically correct), but it is actually called Coopers Brewery, and its legendary beer is Coopers Sparkling Ale, rather than Cooper's Sparkling Ale, see below. Therefore, later on in this page, when you see Penfolds (the famous winery set up, in 1845, in the Adelaide suburb of Magill, by Englishman, Christopher Rawson Penfold) rather than Penfold's, see below, and Kingleys Alehouse rather than Kingley's Ale House, see below, it is not because I am being sloppy with my apostrophes; it is local custom and practice, but it is not universal, as you will see a Paddy's Bar & Brewery, see below!

Rather than single out any one place in its description, one downside to a number of the pubs visited, was that they were blighted by obtrusive, poor quality background music. No one seemed to be listening to it; in some places, it made conversation downright difficult.

The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, The Rocks,
19 Kent Street  (corner Argyle Street), tel 02 9251 4044, www.lordnelson.com.au (Bookmark)

This is a photo of the exterior of The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, in Sydney, Australia. Click on it, to go to the place's website
Your cursor is on a photo of the sign of The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, in Sydney, Australia. The sign states that it is Sydney's oldest hotel, it being first licensed in 1841. Click on it, to go to the place's website

This is an absolute Sydney don't-miss: a superb bar, with a very good selection of excellent beers. We actually stayed in the place whilst in Sydney. The part of Sydney, where it is to be found, The Rocks (www.rocksvillage.com) is a particularly historic part of the city, indeed the whole of Australia, that also happens to be handy for the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, etc. The accommodation rooms, which are on the second floor above the ground floor, are very spacious; they have the same, bare, convict-hewn sandstone block walls as those that can be seen making up the place's exterior walls, in the photo, above left. Note that, because of the historical nature of the building, it has not been possible to get planning permission to install lifts in the building. The stone came from that removed to create the Argyle Cut, which was cut by the convicts through the sandstone ridge of The Rocks to connect Sydney Cove with Darling Harbour and Millers Point. It was started in 1843 by the convicts with hammers and chisels, and completed in 1867 with the help of explosives. Note that certain streets which appear to be directly off the cut (Argyle Street) on maps, such as the next entry, the also don't-miss, The Australian Hotel's Cumberland Street, are at different levels, which can be quite confusing. Presumably, the building that was on the site in the pub sign's 1841 was built of wood or whatever.

This is a photo taken inside the bar of The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, in Sydney, Australia.  Click on it, to go to the place's website
Your cursor is on a photo of fonts for two beers from the Coopers Brewery, in Australia. Click on it, to go to the Coopers website

There is much Nelson memorabilia, etc in The Lord Nelson, for example, the reminder above the servery shown in the photo above of the famous 1805 Battle of Trafalgar, in which Nelson was killed. Above this are blackboards with descriptions of the house beers available, such as: Nelsons Blood (5.5%); Olde Admiral (6.7%); Victory Bitter (4.5%); Three  Sheets (5.5%); Trafalgar Pale Ale (4%); and Quayle Ale (4.2%), which is a Cloudy Wheat Beer. As can be seen, most of the beer names have a Nelson connection, apart from the last one, which is named to commemorate the visit to the place by Dan Quayle, the US Vice-President, in 1989. As far as I am aware, there is no direct connection with Lord Nelson and the place.

As well as its own beers, two excellent, unfiltered beers from the renowned Coopers (www.coopers.com.au) are available on draught, in The Lord Nelson, their fonts being present in the photo to the left (towards the bottom left) and in close up, in the photo above, i.e. Coopers Original Pale Ale (4.5%) and the legendary Coopers Sparkling Ale (5.8%), the latter being a beer that is thankfully available in bottle, in unfiltered form, throughout the world. The Coopers beers were $3.80/6.50 (Midi/Pint). www.cooperspubs.com is an excellent, unofficial website giving information on Coopers, particularly on pubs that serve their beers.

I did not see a full beer list on view; apparently, there are several different vintages of Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale (7.5%) available, according to someone reviewing this Web page after my visit. Smoking is allowed in the bar, as in most bars in Sydney, which would normally be a problem for me, although there is very good ventilation, so there was no obvious smell of cigarettes, even though there were enough people in the place who were daft enough to be smoking. However, round the far side of the servery, where one can see part of the brewery through glass, as per the photo at the top of this page, there are tables set for dining. Here, there are notices saying that it is illegal to smoke within it and 1.5 Metres beyond it, as there are in other places that one comes across in Australia that have eating areas. Most who were sitting in this area were not eating; they were just using it as a no-smoking area for drinking, as we did, although we also had a meal on one evening of our stay. Food available includes: House Marinated Olives with Feta Cheese, at $5.50; Beer Battered Fish Filets with Tartare Sauce and Chips, at $16; Spaghetti Carbonara, at $15; Greek Salad, at $14; House Pizzas at $15; Beef Pie, Mushy Peas, Mashed Potato and Gravy, at $11; Masaman Curry with Saffron Rice, at $16; 7 Oysters (Natural or Kilpatrick), at $17; Spinach and Goats' Cheese Stuffed Cajun Chicken with Tomato Chutney, at $28 (this was from the Bistro's menu, but could be had in the bar's eating area); various Desserts, at $12.50; and a form of Australian Cheddar Cheese, at $10. There is a notice on the wall stating that Monday is Pie Night and that the Pies are $5.

The building which houses The Lord Nelson was built as a private residence in 1836, but became a hotel with licensed premises in 1841, The brewery to be found in the place dates from 1986. There are some large, very old barrels, with "Trafalgar Ale" and "Victory Ale" stamped on them on view, but these are old wine barrels, to which these names have been added at a later date.

An outlet for draught Three Sheets is the Royal Oak, in the Sydney suburb of Balmain (36 College Street, tel 02 9810 2311). In January, 2005 bottling of some of The Lord Nelson beers commenced, so these should be seen with increasing frequency in Speciality/Craft/Specialty Beer outlets throughout Australia and beyond in the future.

The nearest stop to The Lord Nelson on the Sydney Explorer tourist bus route, see above, is Number 24, which is called "Argyle Place". This bus actually passes the Lord Nelson just before the stop, which is, in fact, mentioned on the commentary. Argyle Place is also the terminus named "Millers Point" for conventional bus numbers 431, 432, 433, 434, 339, X39, 343, X43. The Lord Nelson is, in fact, easy walking distance from places such as the Opera House, The Harbour Bridge and the Circular Quay transport hub.

The Australian Hotel, The Rocks,
100 Cumberland Street  (corner Gloucester Street), tel 02 9247 2229,
www.australianheritagehotel.com, (Bookmark)

This is a photo of 'The Australian Hotel' in The Rocks area of Sydney, Australia. Click on it to go to the hotel's website

This is an absolute must-visit place for both the beer lover and for those who like classic pubs, i.e. the beer list is superb and the interior is a real joy. With over ninety different Australian Beers, it has unquestionably the biggest selection of Australian Speciality Beers in Sydney, as does its excellent Off-Licence/Liquor Store, or "Bottle Shop", as they call it, see below. The photo of John White outside the Australian Hotel, to the left, was taken by Joyce White, in January, 2005. As would be expected, there is accommodation. It is very good value and most pleasant, but there is no en suite.

There were ten draught/tap beers on the menu card on my January, 2005 visit, ranging in price from $6 to $7.90. Each one has the State from which it originate in brackets after its name on a blackboard. These included: Sharers Little Brewery's Sharers Lager ($6.50) and Burragorang Bock; Matilda Bay's Beez Neez; Malt Shovel's James Squire Amber Ale; and Little Creatures Pale Ale ($7.90) and Pilsener. Special mention must be made of the two Sharers beers, both of which proved to be excellent. Scharer Little Brewery was set up by Geoffrey Sharer, in the George IV Inn, in Picton, New South Wales (80 kilometres/50 miles SW of Sydney), in 1987. The George IV is yet another NSW hotel that claims to be the country's oldest, having been founded in 1839! The Sharers Lager (5%) is an unfiltered/unpasteurised, slightly hazy beer that has a real touch of class; it is light years away from the well-known beers from Australia that purport to be in the same style, that I can't bring myself to example, so awful are they. The Burragorang Bock (6.4%) is Porter-like, with wonderful Chocolate and Treacle notes. As far as I can make out, the Australian Hotel is the only place, other than the place in Picton, to have them on draught; both are available in bottle. Reports suggest that the George IV Inn in Picton is well worth checking out; it is a rare example of a pub in Australia without slot machines, which are called Pokies in Australia. The impressive-looking Brew Plant, which is within the main bar, was imported from Germany.

The bottled beer section of the Australian Hotel's menu is in State sections, and Brewery sub-sections, Sydney's State, New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria being most heavily represented. Examples include: Grand Ridge Hat Lifter Stout; and Coopers Pale Ale ($6.50), Sparkling Ale ($6) and Special Old Stout (6.8%) ($5.80). Note that the full beer list can be seen by clicking on OUR MENU, on the Home page of the place's website, and then, despite its title, on "Australian Hotel Wine List". Note the other link on this page entitled "Australian Hotel Gourmet Pizza Menu". Between them, these provide full details of the place's food and drink, the food and the wine being priced, but not the beer. I cover the food available in the next paragraph. Before undertaking a visit to the Australian Hotel, if you are unfamiliar with Australian Specialty Beers, it is worth checking out any beers that take your fancy in ratebeer (www.ratebeer.com), as quite a number get low ratings.

Food includes; a big selection of Gourmet and Vegetarian Pizzas, in two sizes, at $13.50/19; Sea Food Pizzas, at $14.50/19.50; A Devil's Mix of Fresh Sea Food, topped with Bacon Pizza, at $19.50/25.50; Salads in the range $9.50-14.50; Pies, three at $14.50, one at $4.50; and three Specials, which are all Pizzas, one being a "Forbidden Fruit" one, at $14.50/19.50. There is a surcharge on food prices on Sundays and Public Holidays.

The place itself is a real gem, both outside and in, with a number of contrasting rooms, including a superb snug near the hotel's reception desk. There is a roof top area which provides good views of the famous harbour. Matilda Bay's Rooftop Red Lager was the Beer of the Month during our visit; according to the promotional blackboard for it, it was launched in the Australian Hotel on the 21st of September, 2004.

Your cursor is on a photo of a row of Australian Speciality/Craft Beers in The Australian Wine Emporium, this being part of 'The Australian Hotel', in Sydney. Click on it to go to the website of this 'Bottle Shop'
This is a photo of a row of Penfolds Grange of various vintages. This is Australia's most expensive wine. The photo was taken in The Australian Wine Emporium, this being part of 'The Australian Hotel', in Sydney. Click on it to go to the website of this 'Bottle Shop'

Australian Speciality Beers in the Australian Hotel's Bottle Shop. The one with the cream label in the middle is Little Creatures Pale Ale (www.littlecreatures.com.au), which is also available in bottle in the Hotel's pub, as well, as on draught. Interestingly, this excellent, bottle-conditioned beer (Real Ale (Cask Beer) in a Bottle) appeared in branches of the Sainsbury's Supermarket chain (www.sainsbury.co.uk), in England, in January, 2005.

The Australian Hotel's Bottle Shop, as it is signed from the exterior, is actually called The Australian Wine Emporium (www.australianwineemporium.com). As can be seen from the photo, above, this has wines up to the standard of Penfolds Grange (one of the world's very best wines) (www.penfolds.com.au).

The prices per bottle of these different vintages of Penfold Grange in the Bottle Shop are as follows: 1999 $450; 1997 $425; 1993 $500; 1992 $560; 1991 $580; 1990 $720; 1987 $450; and 1986 $799. Note that, somewhat surprisingly, these wines are less expensive in the UK, for example, on the Majestic Wine Warehouses' website, www.majestic.co.uk, a 1999 vintage was "only" £99, in January, 2005. The Australian Wine Emporium is open on Monday to Friday from 10am to 9pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 8pm.

Paddy's Bar & Brewery, Flemington Market Hotel,
260 Parramatta Road, Flemington, tel 02 9764 3500

This is a photo of the outside of Paddy's Bar & Brewery, in the Flemington Market Hotel, in Flemington, near Sydney, Australia
Your cursor is on a photo of the  brew house of Paddy's Brewery, in Flemington, near Sydney, Australia

Joyce White can be seen on the right, in the above photo of the exterior of Paddy's Bar & Brewery.

As can be gleaned from this photo of Paddy's Brewery, its all-malt beers have won a number of awards.

Paddy's beers include: Paddy's Pale Ale (4.5%); Pilsner (4.5%), which is hopped with the classic Saaz Hops, from both The Czech Republic and New Zealand; Amber Ale (5%); Chocolate Porter (4.6%); Wheat Beer (4.5%), a filtered beer, which is fermented with a Weihenstephan Yeast; and two seasonal beers, Black Ale (5.8%) and Brewers Delight Autumnfest (5.5%). These are all available on draught and there are some other beers available on draught, such as Coopers Sparkling Ale. Prices for all the beers are: $2.50 for a Midi (28.5cl); and $3.20 for a Schooner (42.5cl). The bar is big and there is also a large function room and a room full of Pokies. The brewery can be seen behind glass alongside the self-service restaurant (breakfast from 6am to 10am, lunch from Noon to 2.30pm, and the dinner buffet from 5pm to 8.30pm). Typical dishes at dinner time are: T-Bone Steak at $12; Fish & Chips, Pork Chops, Veal Schnitzel, Grilled Chicken Breast with Thai Creamy Sauce, all  at $10; and Grilled or Crumbed Prawns on Skewers and Whole Lemon Sole, both at $15. The T-Bone Steaks are enormous and thus represent good value, especially when you bear in mind that all the stuff on the buffet bar, such as Salad and Rice, is included in the price of the dishes. One is shown the Steak before it is cooked. Food is self-service; what we had on our visit was simple, but very acceptable.

Paddy's brewer is Gerard Mears. His beers that I sampled were very good. Gerard is also the brewer at a place that had its first brew available to the public, on the 1st of March, 2005. It is in the Heritage-listed Macquarie Hotel, in the city centre, at 42 Wentworth Avenue, which is off Elizabeth Street, about 200 metres/yards or so North of Central Station (www.macquariehotel.com). It is nmaed after the Scotsman, Lachlan Macquarie (1762-1824), the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 . The Brew Plant, which can be seen on the route to the toilets, came from a defunct Firkin Brew Pub, in England. The first brews were a Pale Ale and an filtered, Bavarian-style Wheat Beer, Macquarie Lachlans Wheat, but future plans include a true Pilsener-style beer and a dark beer called Schwartz Bier (Black Beer), this being named after the owner, Jerry Schwartz, and also inspired by a trip that Gerard made to U Flekù (www.ufleku.cz, White Beer Travels Web page), in Prague, in The Czech Republic (Èeská republika), where he was very taken by their dark beer.

The bar in Paddy's is modern: functional, rather than trendy. I liked it very much; it was something different, well certainly to my English eyes. I definitely recommend making the journey out from the city centre to get here, see the next paragraph. There are a lot of Pokies in the place, but, thankfully, they have their own dedicated room. Unfortunately, I did not see any "lingerie waitresses" on my visit, these being mentioned in a Rate Beer Forums review of this Web page, see above. They are, in fact topless waitresses, whose assets can be seen on Tuesday to Friday, between 10am and 2pm, when the market is in full swing.

Paddy's is fifteen minutes' walk from Flemington Railway Station, which is on the Inner West and South Lines, see www.cityrail.info for timetables and ticket prices, etc. Trains go from Sydney's Central Station and other stations in the city, including Circular Quay ($4.40 return), the already mentioned major transport hub that is close to Sydney's biggest tourist attractions and a number of the beer places covered in this Web page. The train journey itself is around half an hour. Just before pulling into the station from Sydney, you will notice some small shops and eating establishments, on the left hand side of the train. However, for Paddy's Bar & Brewery, one has to leave leave the station on its other side, by crossing the tracks, using a bridge that leads one into a very large wholesale and retail market complex, Paddy's Markets (wwwpaddysmarkets.com.au). One walks the full length of this, inside it, and when reaching the end, turn right, cross the road, and Paddy's Bar & Brewery can be seen on the left. There are flower and produce markets, making up Paddy's Markets and also Paddy's Market, a retail market that has products as varied as fruit, vegetables, clothing, CDs, flowers, household goods, sunglasses, jewellery and souvenirs and Austaliana. From all this, you will not be surprised to learn that the signs pointing to just Paddy's from Flemington Station are to Paddy's Market and not to Paddy's Bar & Brewery.

Redoak Boutique Beer Café, 201 Clarence Street, tel 02 9262 3303, www.redoak.com.au (Bookmark)

Your cursor is on a photo of the exterior of theRedoak Boutique Beer Café, in Sydney, Australia. Click on it to go to the Redoak's website

This is a trendy place that is divided into a drinking area and a smart eating area, with table clothes on the, er, tables. Draught beers available on my January, 2005 visit included: Hefeweizen (clearly a Cloudy Wheat Beer) at $5.50/10 (25/50cl); Organic Pale Ale; Bavarian Pilsener; Medium Strength Lager; Special Strong Ale and Bock, both at $6 (25cl); and Oatmeal Stout. There is a selection of four draught beers in sampler glasses available that comes with a Snack. Next day, according to the notice in the bottom right, in the photo to the left, there would also have been a new beer, Honey Ale. Bottles include: Belgium Chocolate Stout at $9 (25cl); Belgium Choc-Cherry Stout; Framboise Froment (a Raspberry Wheat Beer at $7.50; and Blackberry Hefeweizen at $7.50.

On a whirlwind visit, in January, 2005, I had the Framboise Froment in bottle, which turned out to be very good; the awful background music drove me on to other pastures.

The Redoak is on a street parallel with The Lord Nelson's Kent Street, but some way South of the main part of The Rocks, but not too far a walk from it. It is quite close to the next entry.

James Squire Brewhouse & Restaurant, 22 The Promenade, King Street Wharf (Number 4 Wharf), Darling Harbour, tel 02 8270 7999

The James Squire Brewhouse & Restaurant is a subsidiary of the Malt Shovel Brewery (www.malt-shovel.com.au). It has both beers brewed on the premises, the In-House Craft Beers of the menu card, and Malt Shovel Beers. In-House draught beers include: The Craic; Governor King; and Highwayman. Malt Shovel draught beers include: James Squire Amber Ale; James Squire Pilsener; James Squire Porter; James Squire Golden Ale; and James Squire India Pale Ale. There are also some bottles that are not produced on the premises or by Malt Shovel. In-House Beers are $4 for a Middy (Half Pint?), $6 for a Schooner, and $8 for a Pint. The James Squire Beers for the same measures are $3.90/5.50/7. There is a sampling paddle of four 10cl glasses of different beers, at $5.

I did not have time to check out the food, but what I saw on people's plates looked good. The menu, which is fish orientated, can be seen on the place's website.

The James Squire Brewhouse is a very trendy, massive place, amongst a whole row of trendy, waterfront places, aimed at the younger set. It is between stop number 22, "Sydney Aquarium", and stop number 23, "King Street Wharf" on the Sydney Explorer tourist bus route.

Kingsleys Alehouse, Level 1, The Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel, Cowper Wharf Road (corner Bourke Street), Woolloomooloo, tel 02 8353 1333, www.steak.com.au (Bookmark)

Your cursor is on a photo of the exterior of Kingleys Alehouse, in Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, Australia. Click on it to go to a website that covers the place
This is a photo taken on the balcony of Kingleys Alehouse, in Woolloomooloo, in Sydney, Australia. Click on it to go to a website that covers the place

The above photo shows the exterior of Kingsleys Alehouse, which is on the floor above the ground floor: Level 1.

The above photo of John White on the balcony, that can be seen in the photo to its left, was taken by Joyce White, in January, 2005. It is most pleasant having a beer up here; the seating is most comfortable.

This has a very good selection of Australian Specialty Beers, particularly on tap/draught. There are also some beers from outside the country. The Australian draught beers on the January, 2005 visit included, the prices being for a Pint (56cl), unless indicated otherwise: Little Creatures Pale Ale (5.2%) at $8.40; St Arnou Pilsner (4.8%) at $6.50; Matilda Bay's Alpha Pale Ale at $4.80 (33cl); Coopers Original Pale Ale at $6.50 (52.5cl); Grand Ridge Natural Blonde at $7.80; James Squire Original Amber Ale at $4.80 (42.5cl); and Beez Neez at $4.80 (33cl). There were two German draught beers: Erdinger Hefeweizen at $5.90/9.90 (30/50cl); and DAB Original at $7.80. Bottled beers include: Coopers Sparkling Ale at $6.20; and Schneider Weisse at $8.50 (50cl), this being featured at the top of every page of the White Beer Travels website. Prices for both beer and food can be obtained from the place's website, which also covers the Kingsleys Steak & Crabhouse, on The Wharf (tel 02 9331 7788), which can be seen in the background of the photo, above right, this wharf being covered shortly. Food available in the Alehouse includes: a variety of Schnitzels (breaded slice of meat) in the range $13.90 to $28, including the famous Veal one, Wiener Schnitzel, at $20.90; Alehouse favourites in the range $15.90 to $26.50, including Beer Battered Northern Territory Barramundi Fillets, Chips & Tartare Sauce, at $19.90. The place clearly specialises in Schnitzels, hence you will often see it also referred to as Kingsleys Schnitzel & Ale House. There are also Surf & Turf dishes, such as Striploin (New York) (300 grams) and King Prawns ($38.90), and Blackboard Specials.

Kingsleys is walking distance of the city centre, but can also be reached on a 311 bus. It is also just down from the stop 12 of the Sydney Explorer tourist bus route, this being called Woolloomooloo Bay. In the middle of this bay there is a famous wooden finger wharf, that has been converted into bars, restaurants and very expensive apartments, this can be seen in the background, in the photo, above right. The home of the Australian Navy is on this bay, as evidenced by all their ships, and very close to the red bus stop, across the road, is Harry's Café de Wheels (www.harryscafedewheels.com.au) "a pie stand to the stars", so the tourist bus commentary goes.

Heritage Belgian Beer Café, 135 Harrington Street, The Rocks, tel 02 9241 1775,
www.belgian-beer-cafe.com.au (Bookmark)

Your cursor is on  a photo of the Heritage Belgian Beer Café, in Sydney, Australia. Click on it, to go to the place's website

This is Sydney's premier outlet for Belgian Beer. I readily found out about the existence of this excellent place by surfing the Internet, as the website quoted appears on page one in Google (www.google.com), when one uses the search string "belgian beer". Note that the site also covers a bar/restaurant called Epoque, in the Shopping Centre, in the Sydney suburb of Cammeray (429 Miller Street), which is beyond North Sydney, i.e. on the other side of Sydney Harbour from the city centre. Its beer and food ranges are similar to those in this establishment in The Rocks, but around a dollar cheaper.

The Heritage Belgian Beer Café is housed in the impressive building that can be seen in the photo to the left. High up on the building is the lettering "St Patrick's Hall & School". Inside, it is equally impressive, with a very long servery going down practically the whole of its extensive interior, which has been superbly done out to emulate one of the larger drinking establishments in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Indeed, it was designed by Creneau International (www.creneau.com), who are based in Hasselt, in Belgium.

There are draught beers from that load of Bankers, InBev, that I avoid listing on my Web pages, and some local ones, such as the ubiquitous, fairly ordinary Victoria Bitter (VB), brewed by Carlton & United Breweries, Melbourne (a subsidiary of a major Australian manufacturer of Lager, whose name I don't care to type). Belgian bottled beers include: Het Anker's Gouden Carolus at $10.80; Bush Amber at $11.50 (25cl); Orval at $11.50; and Rochefort 10o at $16.50. For information, White Beer Travel Web pages covering the Orval and Rochefort Trappist Monasteries and their breweries can be reached by clicking here and here respectively.

There are bar snacks and dishes such as Belgian Congo Seafood Vol au Vent at $11.50; Flemish Beef Stew Cooked in Beer at $21.50; various Mussels dishes (which are declared on the menu to be their speciality, are all $19.50, apart from a half-shell grilled option at $18.50; and an interesting beer cuisine dish in that it has a classic Australian ingredient (a Fish), but is cooked in a Belgian Beer, Roasted Northern Territories Barramundi Fillet, cooked in a Belgian Wheat Beer at $26.

There is a bar in the same group, the Belgian Beer Café Bluestone, in Melbourne, Victoria, www.belgianbeercafebluestone.com (stopped working in May, 2005), one in Brisbane, Queensland, the Belgian Beer Café Brussels, (www.belgianbeercafebrussels.com.au), and no less than three, in Auckland, New Zealand, De Post, The Occidental and De Fontein, these all being covered by www.belgian-beer-cafe.co.nz.

Going South down Harrington Street, the Heritage Beer Café is on the right, about 100 metres/yards before the junction with Grosvenor Street.

The Heritage Beer Café is open seven day a week, apart from on public holidays, from Noon till late.

The Hero of Waterloo, The Rocks,
81 Lower Fort Street  (corner Windmill Street), tel 02 9252 4553

Your cursor is on a photo of the exterior of a pub in Sydney, Australia, called The Hero of Waterloo, one of at least three pubs in Sydney that claims to be the city's oldest
This is a photo of the servery in a pub in Sydney, Australia, called The Hero of Waterloo, one of at least three pubs in Sydney that claims to be the city's oldest

The left hand side of this photo of The Hero of Waterloo is in Lower Fort Street, the right hand side in Windmill Street. The Hero is, of course, Lord Nelson, who, as can be seen, is on the place's sign.

As can be seen in the above photo, of the servery of this most historic of pubs, there around ten draught beers available, dispensed by fake handpumps.

Dating from 1843, The Hero of Waterloo is one of three pubs claiming to be the oldest in Sydney and thus in the whole of Australia. Click here for a detailed write-up on the place from the excellent www.australianbeers.com website. It is an Australian National Trust classified historic Australian Landmark. It is a gem of a multi-roomed place, which has tunnels that lead down to the harbour that are very much connected with its historic past. As per The Lord Nelson, above, it is built from convict sandstone, which is clear from its photo, above left. Unfortunately, even this place is infected with awful background music, even on our "quiet" lunchtime visit.

The draught beers include: James Squire Amber Ale, at $6.40 for a Pint. There is food available that is served in a room dedicated for the purpose, which was in need of a bit of maintenance on our visit. This is on the Lower Fort Street side of the building; the main bar is on the Windmill Street side. Food includes: Bangers & Mash at $13.50; Soup of the Day at $6.90; Mediterranean Pasta (Sea Food) at $17.90; Chicken Caesar Salad at $11.80; Chicken & Vegetable Red Curry at $13.80; and Farmer's style Omelette at $12.50.

Lower Fort Street is just off Argyle Place. The nearest stop to it on the Sydney Explorer tourist bus route, see above, is Number 24, which is called "Argyle Place", the Millers Point bus terminus, see above. Shortly after leaving this stop, the bus passes The Hero of Waterloo, indeed, it turns onto Windmill Street in front of it.

Sydney Tourist Information

As already stated, an extensive tourist guide to Singapore is not given on this page; guides such as Lonely Planet's Sydney, which has excellent maps pinpointing the places covered should be consulted. This can be obtained from www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk, and if already in Sydney, in the excellent Dymocks Book Shop (there are a number of addresses throughout the city, but the biggest is at 424-30 George Street (www.dymocks.com.au)). Also worth looking at are Time Out's on-line pages on Sydney, which can be reached by clicking here. The city's official website has tons of information on all aspects of the city, www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Other sites worth checking out include: the Sydney Opera House, www.sydneyoperahouse.com; the Australian Museum, www.austmus.gov.au; Art Gallery of New South Wales, www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au; the Powerhouse Museum, this covering Science and Design, www.phm.gov.au; the Australian Architecture Association organises top-class tours of Sydney, including the "Architecture Harbour Cruise", www.architecture.org.au; Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, www.bridgeclimb.com; Sydney Aquarium, www.sydneyaquarium.com.au; Royal Botanic Gardens, www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au; the Queen Victoria Building the city's major shopping centre, www.qvb.com.au; the Sydney Observatory, www.sydneyobservatory.com.au; excursions to places such as the Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley wine region, www.activitytours.com.au; and Sydney Airport, www.sydneyairport.com.au.

A good source of information for restaurants, etc, are the Australian Yellow Pages, www.yellowpages.com.au; business and residential numbers can be obtained from www.whitepages.com.au. Sydney has two restaurants in the 2005 "World's Fifty Best Restaurants" list, as compiled by the UK-based Restaurant Magazine (www.restaurantmagazine.co.uk): in fourth place, Tetsuya's, at 529  Kent Street (www.tetsuyas.com); and, in 42nd place, Rockpool, at 107 George Street, in The Rocks (www.rockpool.com). These will be the equivalent of the top Michelin-starred restaurants, in Europe.

 

 

John White (1945-), Your cursor is on an image of John White's e-mail address. Click on it to send an e-mail to John, January, 2005, updated in June, 2007.

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Schneider Weisse, a well-travelled, classic Wheat/White Beer, brewed in Bavaria by Schneider.  Click on the glass to go to their website Click on this bottle of Schneider Weisse, to see that this White Beer has travelled to Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, in Spain's Canary Islands.  The photo, by Joyce White, features John White and White Beer Travels Beer Hunt regular, Dr Eric Clow, in the Mesón Andalucia, in May, 2004