Small breweries, distilleries, craft beer & cider in NSW
Regional NSW is famous for its wine, but there’s plenty of other things to drink. Across the State you’ll also find an impressive selection of breweries, cider mills and distilleries. Take a tour, enjoy a tasting, meet the brewers and take part in one of the many festivals on offer. Cheers!
Craft Beer and Breweries
One of NSW’s most famous breweries, Stone and Wood, is in Byron Bay, offering brewery tours and tastings. Also check out the Byron Bay Brewery, with great burgers and a lovely beer garden. Other small breweries on the North Coast include Foghorn Brewhouse in a Newcastle art deco warehouse, and the Black Duck Brewery in Port Macquarie.
On the Central Coast try small batch ales at the Block ‘n Tackle in Kincumber or enjoy preservative free, unpasteurised craft ales at Six String Brewing Co. in Erina. In the south, combine beer and wine tasting at Cupitt’s Craft Beer Microbrewery, part of Cupitt’s Winery, in Ulladulla.
Try out some ales and lagers made with local ingredients at New England Brewing Co. in Uralla. Take a brewery tour at Mudgee Brewing Co. and learn about the town’s history of beer making. In Wagga Wagga, stop at the Thirsty Crow Brewery – there’s a great kitchen serving steaks, ribs and pizzas to accompany the beer.
If you’re after something a bit stronger, check out one of the States many distilleries. In Country NSW, try gin and whisky at the speakeasy bar of Dobson’s Distillery in New England. Baker Williams Distillery in Mudgee create handcrafted spirits and liqueurs in their micro distillery.
At Black Gate Distillery near the Warrumbungles you can enjoy rum and whisky, as well as an Aussie camp oven dinner during the colder months. Or head into the Snowy Mountains for some schnapps at Wildbrumby Distillery.
Though the name may suggest otherwise, Orange has the perfect climate for growing apples – and apples mean cider. Visit the Small Acres Cyder cellar door on weekends to taste award-winning cider and perry (pear cider). In the Blue Mountains, try the Hillbilly Cider Shed and Bilpin Cider, and visit Pokolbin Cider House in the Hunter Valley.
Sample the State’s best at a festival. In May, the Batlow CiderFest celebrates the end of the apple harvest and the Byron Bay Beer Festival showcases over 80 craft beers and ciders. In June, head to the Central Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival. In November, Maitland Gaol hosts the Bitter and Twisted Boutique Beer Festival.