Willie The Boatman
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.