A few years ago, “beer” was the frothy VB or Tooheys New your dad drank at the pub or by the case at home. But nowadays, brewers are infusing sesame seeds, yuzu peel and sansho peppers into their brews. Any pub worth its salt has at least a few craft brews on tap, and people travel to visit breweries doing something a little different. Beer – and its image – has changed.

No one knows (and appreciates) this more than Beerhaüs. For the fourth venue under the “Beerhaüs” banner, owner Rockpool Dining Group (Bar Patron, Fratelli Fresh, Spice Temple, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Burger Project and more) has scored a 600-square-metre spot on the bustling Barangaroo foreshore. While 40 taps pour a list of Australian and American craft brewers it’s also home to the first-ever Pirate Life taproom. The dedicated bar space will serve a number of the Adelaide craft brewer’s specialty blends, such as the Acai and Passionfruit Sour with its light-pink hue, and the Burton Co-Lab Frontside Ale, which is styled like an American cream ale (a pale, light-bodied ale).

It’s even developed the Barangaroo Desert Lime Ale, which is infused with the native ingredient, exclusively for Beerhaüs. Plus the brewer will host masterclasses every Tuesday from 3pm to help guide those who can’t choose from the brewer’s 12-strong selection. Or you could always just go with a paddle.

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No Beerhaüs is complete without Bavarian brews, so you’ll also find Löwenbräu, Franziskaner and Hofbräu on the menu. Belgium’s best are there too, with Hoegaarden, Leffe and Stella Artois, and representing America are Budweiser and Goose Island.

For those who prefer cocktails, it’s got those too. But consider a boilermaker.

“A boilermaker is a beer-centric cocktail, said to have been a 19th-century end-of-shift pick-me-up for exhausted miners in Montana,” Rockpool Dining Group’s chief executive officer Thomas Pash tells Broadsheet. “The recent renaissance in boutique whisky and craft beer production has brought the two drinks back together, perhaps in a more considered fashion.”

Test your tastebuds with the Lagavulin Beach, which pairs Lagavulin 16-year old single malt with Pirate Life Tropical IIPA. Or if you’re still craving a cocktail, try the Jack’s Iced Tea, with Jack Daniel’s, peach schnapps, black tea and lemon juice.

“You can’t come into Beerhaüs without trying our barbeque, which is 200 grams and 400 grams of slow-cooked meats served with potato rolls and house pickles,” Pash says. “We’ve also got four types of fries, three burgers, and some best-in-the-business chicken wings.”

Order 10, 20, 50 or 100 pieces of wings and take your pick of one of eight sauces: teriyaki, traditional, Texas BBQ, Korean, chipotle, habanero, afterburner or face-melting. Yes, that last one is a sauce. Plus, just to sweeten the deal, on Mondays chicken wings are 10 cents each.

There’s ping-pong, pinball, giant jenga, skee ball, cornhole (or sack toss) and a wall of screens showing real-time sport. You can even get your beard trimmed for free at fortnightly barber sessions.

Beerhaüs

Scotch Row, Harrington Street, Barangaroo South

Hours:
Daily 11am–late

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