The owner of Semaphore’s Sweet Amber Brew Cafe opted out of contract brewing when he opened his own brew-pub under the Sweet Amber banner in 2018.

Now, his brew-pub stands in a 200-square-metre Regency Park warehouse, not too far from Coopers Brewery.

It’s drinks only – of eight taps, half are dedicated to “core” beers: there’s a bitter amber ale; a blonde ale; an IPA; and a coffee stout. The other four pump a rotation of seasonal brews.

Takeaways – or “roadies” as they call them – come in one- or two-litre “riggers” (plastic bottles, essentially) and are poured to order. The beer purges with CO2 and fills the bottle from the outside up so there’s no foam. They are good for about a month in the fridge.

A redbrick bar, greenery and a line of timber-topped bar tables warm up what’s essentially a shed. In the absence of structured tours, one of the team members is always around to talk beer.

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Updated: July 16th, 2019

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