Sydney’s largest, formerly independent brewery 4 Pines is now pouring drinks on four Manly ferry services – Narrabeen, Collaroy, Queenscliff and Freshwater.
The corrugated-tin 4 Pines Ferry Bars operate seven days a week and serve a range of craft beers including its Indian Summer Ale, American Pale Ale, In Season IPA. There will also be Brookvale Union Ginger Beer and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks available. Beers can be bought from 4pm to 8pm on some ferries and 4pm to 9pm on others. Snacks are available throughout the day.
Jaron Mitchell, the co-founder of 4 Pines Brewing Company – which was recently purchased by the world’s largest brewing company, AB InBev – is excited about the news. “We were born in Manly not quite 10 years ago; we would have never imagined we'd be part of something of such scale in conjunction with the Manly ferry,” he says.
Sydney Harbour Ferries managing director Martin Kearney says the move brings Sydney in line with similar amenities around Australia and the world. “We believe the bar service on Manly ferries adds an enjoyable dimension to the journey of regular commuters and visitors to our city,” he says.
Ferry passengers can also get breakfast snacks including granola with Greek yoghurt and seasonal fruit coulis; a Le Pig toastie of leg ham, gruyere, cheddar and Dijon mustard on sourdough; an El Salvador wrap with smoked chorizo, spiced beans, tomato chutney and spinach muffins; smoothies; muffins; and chocolate brownies.
Extra security measures will be put in place during “peak times” of operation.
The 4 Pines Ferry Bar will serve food from 4pm until 8pm on select ferry services, seven days a week.