Big changes have been afoot at Petersham’s Oxford Tavern since it was taken over by brothers James and Josh Thorpe (The Taphouse, Odd Culture) earlier this year. Its beer garden has had a green makeover, it’s introduced a new menu, and now the boys have teamed up with Marrickville craft beer specialist Bucket Boys to open a takeaway bottle shop on-site.
The shop will be located in a custom-built area of the iconic inner-west pub and, much like the new-look tavern, will rely heavily on locally owned and independent breweries for its beer and cider stock. This includes fellow inner-westies Wayward Brewing Co, The Grifter Brewing Co, Young Henrys and Yulli’s Brews.
A carefully chosen range of singles (including sours, saisons, wild ales and stouts) from around the world will also be available to takeaway. There’ll also be a selection of Australian wines and spirits for sale.
Beer and cider tinnies can be purchased as singles or in mixed packs of four or six. Punters purchasing singles can drink them at the pub for a small corkage fee.
James says the co-op will bring quality craft takeaways to Petersham locals – something that currently isn’t easily accessible in the area.
“We want to give locals more takeaway options: independent, better [and] fresher beer, wine and cider at a good price,” he tells Broadsheet. “Drinking good booze is about variety and quality; it’s supposed to be an adventure.”
The co-op will swing open its doors on April 25. If all goes well, the two local inner-west brands plan to make the bottle shop a permanent fixture.
The Oxford Tavern x Bucket Boys co-op bottle shop will open on April 25 at 1 New Canterbury Road, Petersham. It’s slated to stay open for the next few months.