The Beer Necessities

2 March 2015

Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe, Snowy Mountains

Wildbrumby Schnapps Distillery Door and Cafe, Snowy Mountains. Image credit: Brett Hemmings:Destination NSW


The mighty hop is getting a mighty workout in the emerging boutique distilleries and breweries across Sydney and NSW. Sip through pure schnapps flavours at the Wildbrumby Distillery in the Snowy Mountains or pop into Young Henrys in Newtown to discover old-time brews. Stop and enjoy a pint in one of the State’s many large-scale and boutique breweries to taste fresh local beer and spirits that capture the essence of individual districts across NSW.

Here are some of the the coolest drinking experiences across Sydney and NSW.

Wildbrumby Schnapps
Wildbrumby Schnapps is a unique, boutique schnapps distillery located on the Alpine Way in the picturesque Thredbo Valley, halfway between Jindabyne and Thredbo. Wildbrumby produces some of Australia’s most sought after pure schnapps and distilled drinks from locally sourced fruit. A handful of the schnapps are made on site, including pink lady apple, pear William, peach, butterscotch and hot chili.

Young Henrys
Young Henrys is a local Sydney Inner West brewery that produces its own ales, lagers and ciders, paying tribute to old style values and techniques. Tastings are available on site and you can even purchase a returnable ‘growler’ bottle to take home. Brewery tours are available by appointment and the brewery staff are more than happy to talk visitors through the latest brews.

Six Strings Brewing Company
Based in Erina on the NSW Central Coast, Six Strings Brewery is all about great beer and great music. The brewery products are handcrafted ales, free of additives, preservatives and un-pasteurised. The core range includes five beers available all year round with a couple of seasonal releases thrown into the mix. All beers are brewed on-site and the best way to try everything is with a tasting paddle at the bar. Once visitors have picked a favourite, they can take a one litre ‘squealer’ or two litre ‘growler’ home with them.

Old Goulburn Brewery
The oldest surviving brewery in Australia has been restored to its original function in Goulburn, reproducing the original ales and stouts made by traditional processes since 1836. The brewery complex is made up of the steam flour mill, maltings, tobacco curing kiln, cooperage, mews, stables and workers cottages. The complex now includes a hotel, restaurant, cabaret theatre restaurant, art gallery and accommodation, with guests having the opportunity to taste real ales, brewed in the time-honoured traditional way, with top fermentation in open-top vessels.

Red Dirt Distillery
Renowned for its potato vodka, Red Dirt Distillery near Dorrigo on the Mid North Coast uses the famous red soil sebago potato as the base for its produce. Red Dirt also manufactures Italian style sweet liqueurs including limoncello, centerbre, lime liqueur and nocino. All products are made from their own spirit and handcrafted in small batches.

Distillery Botanica
Distillery Botanica in Erina on the NSW Central Coast specialises in boutique handmade spirits, making their entire award-winning range using a traditional European method in a rare copper Carter Head style still. During the distilling process, alcoholic vapours are passed through wire baskets full of fresh botanicals allowing the spirits to be infused as purely as possible. All the herbs and fruit that are used in the spirits are grown and hand-picked from their onsite picturesque, landscaped garden.

Discover more places to sample great tasting beer at other breweries across NSW and please remember not to drink and drive.