Jetty Road Brewery
Jetty Road Brewery is actually on Brasser Avenue. Jetty Road – another kilometre down the freeway – is where brewer Blake Bowden got his first look at the beer-making process with his former boss, home-brewer Simon Weir, when he was 15.
Bowden and childhood friend Grant Rodgers started thinking about opening their own place around 2011. After some false starts, they partnered with Weir, his apprentice Shayne Bland, family friend Nick O’Brien and his mate Jonathan Pritchard.
O’Brien is the only one with hospitality experience (pubs in Sydney, cafes on the Peninsula), making him the natural choice for venue manager. He’s partially responsible for the family-friendly food menu, which includes lighter dishes such as burrata bruschetta, and a walnut, pea and pecorino salad, alongside 300-gram steaks and fried chicken with sticky cucumber-coriander sauce.
Bowden is in charge of the brewhouse, which produces an easy-drinking pale ale hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe, a relatively bitter amber ale containing Topaz and El Dorado, and an IPA with Mosaic and El Dorado. One-off and seasonal beers rotate. There are also spirits and wines.
The room itself is simple. There’s a big Mambo-like mural by the guys at Snakehole, who Bowden and Rodgers know from high school; a flatscreen for cricket and footy; and plenty of faux-bentwoods made from powder-coated aluminium. For kids, there’s an astroturfed courtyard and cubby house to play in.