Sydney’s inner west scores another craft-beer outlet with the announcement Stockade Brew Co is launching a brewery in Marrickville. The independent craft-beer producer is setting up in an expansive old factory space and will serve house beers and featured brews, and will host tasting experiences, brewery tours, masterclasses and cheese-and-beer pairings.
The bar and dining space will incorporate Art Deco elements and industrial touches to harmonise with the building and surrounding area. The large space will accommodate 250 guests, and there will be an intimate tasting room for 14 people.
Stockade commissioned a bespoke bar-front, which will have a beer theme. It will be made using repurposed barrel staves taken from barrels previously used for Stockade’s beers. There will also be customised light box menu boards.
For the drinks, alongside a core range of four beers – 8 Bit, Chop Shop, Duel and Hop Splicer – there will also be limited-edition brew taps from the likes of fellow Marrickville locals Bucket Boys and Melbourne’s Hop Nation plus a rotation of four barrel-aged beers made and aged on-site.
To coincide with the launch Stockade head brewer Daniel Fardon is making a 6.5 per cent Kentucky bourbon-barrel-aged IIPA. This limited edition IIPA will feature citrus and floral aromas, with light wood and bourbon notes.
If beer isn’t for you, Stockade will also offer wine and cocktails. The brewery is working with Urban Winery Project and Australian craft distilleries to pull together a decent list of non-beer drinks. They will blend wines on-site and age them in Stockade beer barrels, and infusing spirits with Stockade hops for cocktails such as the gin-based Hop Scotch or Old Money Brandy Balloon.
On the snack front, Stockade will have food-truck aficionados Eat Drink Collective sort out a line-up of collaborations that will change monthly. Baby Rey’s is serving American-style burgers and fries for the first month.
Feel like learning about the booze while you drink it? Tasting sessions, brewery tours, even butchery and cocktail masterclasses will run during the week. (Stockade Brew Co has started taking expressions of interests for tasting sessions, which will kick off in early June.)
Stockade Brew Co has its origins in Sydney’s south-west as BrewPack, which was bought by the Szpitalak family in 2012. BrewPack is a contract-brewing company producing beer for a number of Aussie brew houses. It launched a beer range itself in 2015, and Stockade Brew Co was born.
“We’ve been really fortunate to have earned a lot of support for our beers over the last few years, so opening a space in the home of Sydney micro-brewing felt like the natural progression” says Anton Szpitalak, who is behind the venue concept. “A brewery is a place for a beer drinker to connect with brewers and the process behind it, so having the tasting room at the heart of the warehouse brings this to the forefront.”
Stockade Brewery is slated to open early May. It will be at 25 Cadagon Street, Marrickville.