Willie The Boatman

Willie The Boatman

Closed Today
202 75 Mary Street St Peters 2044
0413 514 026

Pat McInerney and Nick Newey are behind craft beer Willie The Boatman. The brewery is named after a local legend, William Sparks, a Scottish convict sent to work for the owner of Tempe House in 1830. He was known as a local character.

The tasting bar is part of a beautiful complex sheltered at the bottom of Mary Street (a 10-minute walk from Sydenham station). The bar covers several spacious, whitewashed rooms with hardwood floors. The building used to be the Taubman’s Paint Factory and it still has a lot of its old industrial features.

Cellar-door items for sale include longnecks, refillable growlers and T-shirts. There are also a half dozen beers on tap. Alongside the pale ale, golden ale, ESB and IPA is a less-common variety, Gose. It’s a German style that's slightly salty. At Willie’s it’s served with a sour-apple marshmallow. Every other beer comes with free prawn crackers.