For the past decade, 4 Pines Brewing Company has been a northern beaches-loving company, with venues in Manly, Brookvale and Newport. There's also a string of bars on a couple Manly ferry services. Now the formerly independent brewery has expanded its horizons by opening its first inner-city venue.
The group (now owned by AB InBev, the world’s largest beverage company) has taken over the split-level space occupied by Mister Fox on Crown Street in Surry Hills. It’s much more intimate than other 4 Pines venues (it’s nearly half their size), but it has the same casual vibe and plenty of recycled timber. Every now and again they'll commission an artist to work on a wall mural for the bar.
4 Pines executive chef and operations manager Ed Sargent says there was always a plan to branch out into other parts of the city. “We just want to get more 4 Pines beer to more people because at the moment if you want that 4 Pines hospitality experience you have to come to the northern beaches,” he says. “We’ve got a really good local following, but there’s a following waiting in the city for us.”
There are five 4 Pines beers on tap – pale ale, kolsch, pacific ale, in season IPA – and a rotating limited-edition Keller Door, as well as a boozy Brookvale Union Ginger Beer. Other 4 Pines beers – amber ale, extra special bitter, summer ale, stout and hefeweizen – are available by the bottle.
Unlike its other brewpubs, this one has a short menu. There are six burgers, including a cheeseburger (made with 4 Pines’ signature burger sauce), a cornflake-coated buttermilk fried chicken burger, and a vegetarian option with chickpea falafel. Get a side of chicken wings with hot sauce or spiced pulled-pork croquettes with chorizo, mozzarella and romesco.
If beer isn’t your style, there’s a small selection of predominantly Australian wines and spirits, and some cocktails. Our pick is the refreshing Beach Mule made with Brookvale Union Ginger Beer, Manly Spirits Marine Vodka, house-made honey-strawberry shrub and fresh lime.