The Brewery Bar at Rocks Brewing Company
After outgrowing its former home base at Harts Pub in the city, Rocks Brewing Company moved to Sydney Corporate Park in Alexandria in 2014.
The Brewery Bar sits at one end of the cavernous new brewery, affording views of the shiny metal vats. The décor is made up of concrete floors; heavy, black, metal chairs; industrial metal lamps and dark timber tables. A spacious outdoor area spills out into the building's forecourt, and despite being in an office park, it's rather pleasant, with a scattering of old trees successfully lifting the bland corporate aesthetic.
At the bar, choose from the Hangman Pale Ale, the Governor Golden Ale, Boxer Red Ale, Convict Lager, and even the Conviction Series One Shot Caffeine Red Ale. Beer comes in a pint or half pint, or you can get a tasting paddle with dainty little glasses of all five ales.
When all that beer gets to you, snack on onion rings with “beer-b-q” sauce; chargrilled corn; and fried calamari with lime aioli. Heartier choices include burgers, a Reuben and monster cuts of steak, pork and chicken.
Rocks Brewing Company also does coffee throughout the day (Mecca), and breakfast all week (but you'll have to wait until 10am for a beer).