A cool urban industrial space with a warm feel and of course, every YH beer on tap. We were given a check-in beer at the bar when we began and then followed our guide Torquil through to where the magic happens. The guy knows a tonne about beer and spent a little time explaining some basic Australian beer facts and history. For example the connection between the 6 o’clock swill (a time when pubs were forced to close at 6pm) and the dull tasting, easy to guzzle Aussie beers we’ve had for so long. Needless to say we were given a new beer to “sample” whenever our cups were empty.
We were then shown through the entire brewing process which would have required a chemistry degree to understand but was interesting to see all the same. We also learned the reason why sales of the ever popular Newtowner are limited to a 5km radius of the brewery – they literally can’t keep up with demand, daymn. Hopefully that means the brewery will expand and it’ll be on more taps.
After the tour we were offered even more beer which - I’m not gonna lie - is a pretty good way to make someone enjoy a brewery tour. Sure a lot of the Young Henrys tour was probably standard brewery tour stuff but the fact is that seeing the behind-the-scenes of something you’re passionate about, and realising how much thought and time goes into making beer that we all love is a bunch of fun and the bar has been set high. If you were looking for a present for a beer nerd, you found it.
Also check out Dave’s Brewery Tours if you’re looking to make a day of visiting a bunch of Sydney breweries.